Talk to the animals this summer with Doctor Dolittle on stage at The Coterie

Talk to the animals this summer with Doctor Dolittle when the classic movie musical comes to life on stage at The Coterie!

Eccentric country physician, John Dolittle, has learned to talk to animals – making him the best animal doctor there is… and complicating his life enormously. Even leading to trouble with the authorities!

Accompanied by his mentor, Polynesia, a 200-year-old parrot; his dog, Jip; a chimpanzee named CheeChee; as well as a trusty band of human friends, the Doctor sets out to find the legendary Great Pink Sea Snail… and change the way animals are understood and treated in the world.

The cast of Doctor Dolittle features Francisco Javier Villegas (as Doctor John Dolittle), Gay Glenn (Polynesia the parrot), Liam Smith and Jay Allen (sharing the role of Tommy Stubbins), Reed Pearman (Madelyn Mugg), Elise Poehling (Emma Fairfax), Simon Schupp (General Bellowes/Albert Blossom), Julie Shaw (Gertie Blossom/Straight Arrow), Thomas Blake Hogan (Ensemble including CheeChee), Andrea Fantauzzi (Ensemble including GubGub), and Declan Franey (Ensemble including Jip). Doctor Dolittle is directed and choreographed by Ernie Nolan, who is the Executive Artistic Director of Nashville Children’s Theatre and director of The Coterie’s previous productions of James and the Giant Peach, Frindle, Twice Upon a Time, The Dinosaur Musical, and U:BUG:ME, as well as served as choreographer on Geppetto & Son and Lucky Duck, which was also Ernie’s Off-Broadway debut.

Appropriate for families with all ages, Doctor Dolittle will run approximately 60 minutes with no intermission and is on The Coterie’s mainstage now through August 6, 2023, in The Coterie Theatre, located on level one of the Crown Center shops in Kansas City. Tickets are $14.00 for youth under 18, students, and seniors age 60 and older; and $18.00 for adults. Groups of 20 or more pay only $6.50 – $12.00 per person depending on performance date. Call the box office for details. Tickets, group reservations and more information is available at