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Indoor production of “Be More Chill” runs March 20 - April 5

Posted on February 24, 2020 at 1:38 PM by Becky Burnside

A teen-driven pop musical about the lengths high schoolers will go to fit in kicks off the Theatre in the Park’s 2020 season in late March with indoor performances at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. 

“Be More Chill” will begin March 20 and run through April 5 in The Black Box Theatre inside JCAHC.  

In the show, Jeremy Heere is a high school loser who wants to impress his crush and become popular. When he learns about SQUIP (Super Quantum Unit Intel Processor), a computer in a pill that can tell its user how to act, he immediately takes one. As his personality begins to change, Jeremy unwittingly starts a domino effect turning his life into utter mayhem. “Be More Chill” opened on Broadway to great acclaim in February of 2019 and ran for 177 performances and earned multiple Drama Desk nominations and a Tony Award nomination before closing in August of last year.

“Be More Chill” is Rated PG/17 for older teen mature themes and language, and will be presented 11 times. Each show will last about two hours with a 20-minute intermission. Evening performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. are planned for March 20, 21, 27, 28, and April 2, 3, and 4. Afternoon performances at 2 p.m. are planned for March 22, 29, and April 4 and 5.  

With the exception of afternoon shows, tickets are $14.50 for children ages 10 and under, $14.85 for seniors 60 and older, and $16.50 for adults 11 to 59. Admission costs for afternoon shows are $11.60 for ages 10 and under, $11.88 for seniors 60 and older, and $13.20 for adults 11 and older.

Tickets are available anytime online at, or can be purchased at JCAHC during regular hours.

The Black Box Theatre provides the Theatre in the Park with a year-round venue to supplement its outdoor summer productions during June, July, and August in Shawnee Mission Park. JCAHC is located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

Outdoor summer productions for 2020 will include: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” which is on stage June 5 through 13; “All Shook Up” on stage June 19 through 27; “Big River,” July 3 through 11 with no performance on July 4; “Newsies,” July 17 through 25; and “Mamma Mia,” July 31 through Aug. 8. All of TIP’s 2020 summer productions are Rated PG. The fall indoor production at The Black Box Theatre will be “Always… Patsy Cline,” which is Rated PG, and will take place Oct. 2 through 18. The December 2020 production at JCAHC will be “A Year with Frog & Toad,” which is Rated G, on Dec. 11 through 24.

Also returning are Movies in the Park, a program that lets participants see popular films on a 40-foot screen on the TIP stage for only $1 per person at the gate. Films are shown on selected Tuesday nights when musical productions are not scheduled. This year’s films are all pre-2000 childhood favorites. The recently-announced shows for 2020 Movies in the Park are: “All Dogs Go to Heaven,” Rated G, on June 9; “Hook,” Rated PG, on June 23;  the 1990 version of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," Rated PG, on July 7; “Muppet Christmas Carol,” Rated G, on July 21; and “The Mighty Ducks,” Rated PG, on Aug. 5.

For much more information about the Theatre in the Park and the 2020 season, go to