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Operation: Show! is a weekly improv comedy performance by high school age students from all over the KC Metro. We've got shows on Sundays during the school year at the Westport Coffeehouse Theater. It’s produced by Seriously Playful, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization created to teach improvisation.

This year, we're opening up teams to both high schools and non-profit organizations, like theater companies. 

It’s also the easiest program your group will ever participate in. Why?

  • We do all the work.
  • We donate money to your program at the end.
  • It’s completely free for students and organizations to participate.

You can get all the details in our FAQ, but here are the basics:

  • You sign your school up using the form above to create a team of 4-8 players, and your students sign up to join.
  • We assign your team a coach from a local, professional improv troupe.
  • Your students attend an orientation at the Westport Coffeehouse Theater to learn improv skills and games.
  • We schedule your team for about three matches each season (Fall and Spring). They’ll show up at 1pm for a rehearsal session with their coach, and put on a show at 3pm. 
  • Students are responsible for spreading the word to friends, family and fans. Tickets are cheap—just $5. 
  • At the end of the season, you’re all invited to an all-play awards show and party.
    And at the end of the year, we send you a check for 20% of your team’s ticket sales.

You can be as involved—or not—as you want to. We know how hard you work, so we want to make this as easy as possible.


Students must download both forms and bring signed copies to Orientation to participate. 


  1. Question: What is Seriously Playful?


    Seriously Playful is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization created to teach improvisation to Kansas City Metro area high school students.

    • Our coaches are all improvisers in local troupes who perform regularly and have studied improvisation with directors and teachers from all over the country. (They also undergo a background check before they're allowed to coach for us.)
    • We teach improv games, stagecraft, and long-form improvisation.
    • We produce the weekly improv comedy performance Operation: Show! as well as participate in the Kansas City Improv Festival  and sponsor occasional workshops.


  2. Question: What is Operation: Show?


    Operation: Show! has a mission: Bring together high school students from all over the KC metro area to perform fast-paced, super-funny, crazy-smart improv comedy. Players can join as a team or independently, and they'll be matched with an adult coach from a professional local troupe. Every week, four teams will get together to rehearse and put on a show at ComedyCity, KC's longest-running improv theater. Operation: Show! starts a new season every spring and fall; seasons run about 12 weeks, and each team plays three matches.

    Best of all? It's ABSOLUTELY FREE for players. Tickets to see their shows are $5, all ages.


  3. Question: How do I get my school or organization involved?


    Easy. As a faculty member, you can register a team of 4-8 students by clicking the SIGN UP button on any page. Team members must be enrolled at your school during the semesters they participate. Only one team per school is allowed.

    After that, your level of involvement is up to you!

  4. Question: What does a sponsor do?


    That's your choice! 

    The two most important jobs are setting up your school using the SIGN UP button and depositing the checks when we donate 20% of your team’s ticket sales to your specified student organization at the end of each school year.

    Beyond that, any involvement is completely up to you. We have sponsors who drive the kids to rehearsals and stick around for shows, and sponsors we never see. It's completely your call. Email with any questions!

  5. Question: Who’s eligible to play?


    Current high school students (9th-12th grade) in KC metro schools. Teams affiliated with high schools or non-profit organizations may be approved by faculty sponsors or adult leaders. Each organization can only have one team. 

    Students must download both forms and bring signed copies to Orientation to participate. 


  6. Question: How will improv benefit my students?


    Results vary for everyone, but improv can improve:

    • Confidence
    • Teamwork
    • Public speaking skills 
    • Comfort in social settings
    • Brainstorming abilities
    • Listening and observation skills
    • Creative thinking
    • Decision making
    • Emotional intelligence
    • General niceness

  7. Question: Who can come watch?


    Anyone! Our shows are all family friendly and open to the public. (Enforced by the Box of Shame should any naughty words slip out on stage. Further enforced by the Dry Cleaning Bag of Shame should those slips seem to become more intentional.) Check out our Season information to see what’s coming up. Tickets $5, all ages, available at the door, and we take cash or credit cards.

  8. Question: Other Questions?


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