‘The Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed’ at the Coterie is Fun for All Ages

As a mom of two young girls, the Coterie Theatre has become a cherished family outing! I love musical theatre and enjoy sharing that passion with my children. Having such a vibrant and family-friendly theater right in our backyard is a real treat and I’m grateful that we get to make memories laughing, singing, and getting lost in the enchanting world of theater together!

Our more recent outing included an opening night showing of Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience, based on the beloved children’s book by Mo Willems’. The production follows the whimsical journey of Wilbur, a naked mole rat with a passion for fashion. Parents and kids alike can expect a delightful blend of music, humor, and meaningful lessons as they follow the adventures of Wilbur, a naked mole rat who loves to wear clothes. The play explores themes of individuality, acceptance, and the importance of being true to oneself, all wrapped up in an energetic and engaging performance.

Prepare to be captivated by catchy tunes, colorful costumes, and a talented cast bringing the beloved characters to life. From Wilbur’s bold fashion choices to the hilarious antics of his fellow mole rats, every moment on stage is filled with laughter and heartwarming charm. Plus, the play’s interactive elements will have kids dancing in their seats and fully immersed in the action.

Some of my favorite highlights were the clever jokes that appealed to both young and older audience members. The catchy music and lively dancing kept us all thoroughly entertained throughout the show. My favorite character had to be Grandpa, who in my opinion, comes in and steals the show toward the end of the play! My oldest daughter and her friend enjoyed singing all the catchy songs and we had all the songs stuck in our heads the whole way home!

Before you head to the Coterie Theatre to check out ‘The Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed’ with your family, here are a few key details to keep in mind:

  • Show Duration: The play runs for approximately 60 minutes, making it the perfect length for young audience members with shorter attention spans. You can get through a show without having to take a restroom break!
  • Age Recommendation: “The Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed” is suitable for children ages 4 and up, but younger or older kids will also find plenty to enjoy.
  • Seating Options: Seating for this show features a combination of seating on the carpeted floor up front (for younger children) for the best possible view, and tiered theatre seats for adults. Depending on your arrival time, floor seating may be all that is still available for your party.
  • Inclusive Show Times: Throughout the run of the show, there are several special performances for families.
    • American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreted Performance: April 20 at 2 p.m.
    • Sensory Friendly Performances for neurodiverse audiences featuring technical adjustments, sensory supports, house lights on and flexible audience expectations: May 9 at noon, May 10 at 7 p.m.
  • Bonus Items: Be sure to add the fun light up glasses for your kids to enjoy during special moments in the play! Available for purchase at the ticket window for $5 a pair these whimsical accessories added an extra layer of fun and excitement to the experience!

Ready to embark on a theatrical adventure with your family? Tickets can be purchased online via the Coterie Theatre website with shows running until May 19. Get your tickets today!

Solissa Franco-McKay
Hi friends! My name is Solissa (pronounced “So-Lisa”), and I live in Lees Summit, MO with my husband/best friend Adam and our two daughters Everly (6) and Mia (2). I was born & raised in San Diego but have called KC home for the last 18 years. Although I miss the warm weather & beaches, I LOVE raising my family here in the Midwest. I am a proud first-generation college graduate who attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City where I earned both my bachelors & master’s in education. I was once a brave soul who taught middle school but now, I have the privilege of serving the nonprofit community a program director for a local college access/scholarship program. Outside of my full-time job, my personal passion project/side hustle is teaching mindfulness to K-12 school communities. If you really knew me, you would also know that I am your typical introvert who would rather be at home on a Friday night, but I also appreciate the opportunities to meet new people and try new things. When I am not overly consumed by parenting and work life, I love the moments where I can get lost in a really good book, connect with nature on a local trail (Kansas City has so many great ones!) or binge watch the latest streaming sensation (you name it, I’ve probably watched it!). Being a mom is the best and hardest job I’ve ever had the privilege of holding and I’m so honored to be part of the Kansas City Mom Collective! Cheers to learning and growing in community! XOXO