Operation: Show is a weekly improv comedy performance by high school age students from all over the KC Metro. We've got shows weekends 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.
Start a team from scratch, join one from your school, or just sign up on your own and get ready to play with improvisers from all over Kansas City. Every team gets a coach—a professional performer from a local comedy troupe—to teach you improv skills and games.
Oh hey. And it’s free—COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY FREE—for you to participate. Wanna play? Check the FAQ for details and then hit the SIGN UP button above.
FALL 2019-SPRING 2020 PERMISSION FORMS
All players must bring signed copies to orientation to be eligible to play.
Check out our SEASON page for teams and showtimes. If your school is interested in participating, come see a show! We'll take new teams in FALL 2020, and we'd love to tell you how to get involved! Shoot us an email, and we'll tell you everything you need to know.
Seriously Playful is a non-profit created to teach improvisation to Kansas City high school students. We produce the weekly improv comedy performance Operation: Show! as well as participate in the Kansas City Improv Festival and sponsor occasional workshops.
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.
Simple: Are you a current high school student (9th-12th grade) in a KC area school? Will your parents sign a permission slip? Will you commit to coming to rehearsals and shows about once a month and inviting your friends and family to come watch? Then you’re in.
Oh! And you must download both forms and bring signed copies to Orientation to participate. No stage time without signatures.
If you and a bunch of friends from your high school theater department or forensics team want to join, or if you're a group from a non-profit organization, good news! Form a team of 4-8 players and we'll donate $1 of every ticket purchased by audience members who come to see you to that group.
Just send your teacher, sponsor, or leader to our sponsor page for all the details.
OF COURSE YOU CAN.
DO YOU WANT TO PLAY, BUT DON'T HAVE A TEAM?
Can click SIGN UP and register by selecting student. Under team name, select INDIVIDUAL.
When the season starts, we'll match you up with people to play with.
DO YOU WANT TO FORM AN INDEPENDENT TEAM WITH A GROUP OF FRIENDS?
Players can click SIGN UP and register by selecting student. Under team name, select INDEPENDENT TEAM.
We'll get in touch with you to get your team name and member roster.
After you've registered, keep an eye on your email account! You'll get a message from Trish@OperationShow.org with more details.
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.
Ask them what they want to do: If they want to help with shows, like bringing treats for the players, offering rides to the theater, or helping out behind the scenes, we can find something for them to do—just email firstname.lastname@example.org. We also make it easy to donate.