2017 - 2018
Stories that reflect the fundamental facets of our lives, stories that ask us to live authentically in our relationships—to self, each other, systems and structures in our world.
Written & Directed by
November 10-19, 2017
Cast: Grades 3 - 12
A WCT MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION
The age-old myth of Robin Hood has been told in legend, song and visual story in a thousand iterations. Robin's quest to offer justice to a populace burdened by the fatigue of war and the poverty that comes from an unfair class system is at the heart of most of these stories, which are framed by daring sword play, witty repartee and the sound of arrows singing through the air.
In WCT's version, written and directed by our own Cait Cassée, we are given a beautifully written, critical lens to look at the powers of good, evil, and everyday heroes from a rich and historically accurate perspective. Richard I has just died, after 10 years of being an absentee king - off fighting his blessed/cursed Crusades and getting kidnapped and held for ransom by the King of Austria. He wasn't a great king. Neither was his brother, John I, who had installed himself as regent for most of that time and done a bang up job of alienating everyone from the church and barons "down" to the commoners. Everyone is disgusted by his overzealous taxation, luxurious tastes, and failed attempts to reclaim hereditary lands in France. The commoners are starving and exploited. Luckily, there are heroes among the common folk who emerge to use their gifts, and help themselves and their people out in these bleak times.
Robin and his band of merry folk offer hope and justice to their country, and to all of us who have ever felt like "the little guy" in our own lives. We welcome you to Sherwood Forest. Let the arrows begin to sing!
Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.
March 9-18, 2018
Directed by Sommer Harris
Musical Direction by Andrea Frey Rieneckert
Cast: Grades 5 - 9
A WCT Mainstage Production
This special adaptation of the nine-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof JR. follows Tevye the milkman as he tries to protect his daughters and his way of life from a changing world. Created by Broadway legends Jerome Robbins, Harold Prince, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein, Fiddler on the Roof JR. tackles the universal theme of tradition in ways that reach across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion.
Ann M. Johnson
Based on the book by
Adapted by Eric Coble
May 11 - 20, 2018
Cast: Grades 9 - 12
A WCTeen Blackbox production
Jonas' world is perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But when Jonas turns 12, he is chosen for special training from The Giver—to receive and keep the memories of the community. The Giver is the only person who holds the memories of real pain and real joy. Now Jonas will learn the truth about life—and the hypocrisy of his utopian world. Through this astonishing and moving adaptation, discover what it means to grow up, to grow wise, and to take control of your own destiny. The Giver was commissioned by Oregon Children's Theatre
July 20 - 29, 2018
Directed by Ann M. Johnson & Cait Cassée
WCT's Summer Classic 2018
featuring a Cast of both youth and adults!
Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.
Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he's handed a task – if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn't be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.
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