The Season of Adventure is Coming!

Any self-respecting adventure includes dangerous situations, narrow escapes, mysterious people and strange creatures, and problems to be solved through intelligence, skill and brave deeds. This coming season, there will be plenty to go around at WCT.

Tuition Announcement

Photo by Lucy Brown

Photo by Lucy Brown

Please note that tuitions, for WCT musicals only, have increased to $300, from $250. Your non-refundable deposit reserving your child's spot on the cast list will remain at $50, leaving $250 to be paid on or before the first show rehearsal. Payment plans and financial aid options are available. Please contact Ann in the office with any questions at 221-8707, or ann@wctmagic.org. Thank you! 

...Nothing’s as amazing as a musical
With song and dance
And sweet romance
And happy endings happening by happenstance
Bright lights, stage fights, and a dazzling chorus
You wanna be great?
Then you gotta create a musical
— Nostradamus, Something Rotten

A letter from our Artistic Director, Kathryn Lynn Morgen

To Families and Friends of Whidbey Children’s Theater,

Photo by Lucy Brown

Photo by Lucy Brown

It is with deep sadness that I inform you one week from today (on July 31st) I will step down as Artistic Director of this fine and beloved organization.

As you may know, the time has come for my family to make a move to Bellingham, WA to be closer together. This is a necessary move that brings promises of growth and wholeness, but also a challenging move: in saying goodbye to a beautiful community of actors, parents and guardians, artists, and big kids who want to see this theater succeed—that have supported me and taught me so many beautiful things about life, art, work, and love. 

Thank you for trusting me to share in leading this ship, thank you for believing in my vision and process. Thank you for your understanding, your incredible creativity and your friendship.

Specific to the youth of WCT: You have helped me grow in ways I never thought possible, and taught me so much about myself. I see you shine everyday and I am a better person for it—you’re going to save us all. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Specific to volunteers, contractors, staff, and board: I know without a doubt (because I am a theatre kid, too) the children we serve will remember this organization for the rest of their lives; it has been a profound honor to share in those memories with all of you, dedicated to the transformative power of the performing arts for youth in our community.

With Warmest Regards,
Kathryn Lynn Morgen


Michael & Kathryn at Monster Mash 2016 Photo by Joe Menth, Fine Balance Imaging + Printing

Michael & Kathryn at Monster Mash 2016 Photo by Joe Menth, Fine Balance Imaging + Printing

Kathryn Lynn Morgen first joined Whidbey Children's Theater in 2013 as a Set Designer for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, directed by her husband Michael Morgen—who served as WCT Marketing and Administrative Coordinator from 2013 - 2016. You can see Kathryn in her final Whidbey performance as Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins July 28 - August 6 at Whidbey Children's Theater.

A farewell gathering for Michael and Kathryn is scheduled for Sunday, August 6th after the Closing Performance of Mary Poppins

Kathryn is also Directing the final production of the season, Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl, as part of the Theatre Conservatory for Young Adults collaboration with Island Shakespeare Festival. Performance dates are August 17th - 20th @ 7:00pm with Matinees the 19th & 20th at 2:00 pm. Admission is free, Seating is limited.

Mary Poppins flies into Whidbey Children's Theater, July 28 through Aug 6

Annabella Harrison (Michael Banks) and Chloe Cranch (Jane Banks) look on as Director, Ty Molbak works choreography with the Chimney Sweeps for Step in Time. Photo by Kathryn Lynn Morgen

Annabella Harrison (Michael Banks) and Chloe Cranch (Jane Banks) look on as Director, Ty Molbak works choreography with the Chimney Sweeps for Step in Time. Photo by Kathryn Lynn Morgen

A cast of youth and adult actors are performing one of Disney’s most popular movies of all time, Mary Poppins. The show is based on the books by P.L. Travers, the classic Walt Disney film, and Cameron Mackintosh's Broadway production that delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

This show is the final mainstage production of WCT’s 35th Anniversary Season, “Do You Believe in Magic?” and is a “Summer Classic,” featuring a cast of both youth and adult alumni, parents and other community artists.

Director Ty Molbak works with Lulu Russo (Chimney Sweep Messenger) during Step in Time choreography. Photo by Kathryn Lynn Morgen

Director Ty Molbak works with Lulu Russo (Chimney Sweep Messenger) during Step in Time choreography. Photo by Kathryn Lynn Morgen

Mary Poppins tells the story of the Banks family in England in 1910, who are having problems finding a nanny who will stay on with the two Bank’s children, Jane and Michael. Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep and persuades the parents to let her take on this project.  Mary Poppins uses a combination of magic and common sense as she takes the children on many adventures that affect the children and their attitudes toward the world. She also helps their parents to understand one of her life lessons, “Anything can happen if you let it.”

The show is directed by Ty Molbak, also a WCT alumni; musical direction is provided by Andrea Frey Reineckert.

Director Ty Molbak works with Chimney Sweeps during Down the Chimney choreography. Photo by Kathryn Lynn Morgen

Director Ty Molbak works with Chimney Sweeps during Down the Chimney choreography. Photo by Kathryn Lynn Morgen

The show runs for two weekends: Friday and Saturday, July 28th and 29th, and Friday and Saturday, August 4th and 5th at 7:00 p.m. and there are Sunday matinees on July 30th (which is a Family Day Matinee when all tickets are $8), and August 6th at 2:00 p.m. at the Whidbey Children’s Theater, 723 Camano Ave, Langley.

Tickets are $16 regular admission and $8 for youth, 18 and under, and may be purchased below or at the WCT Box Office, one hour prior to show time.  House opens 30 minutes prior to show time. Seating is general admission. Recommended for Ages five and over. No Late Seating

Whidbey Children's Theater is a registered 501c3 non-profit arts organization providing education through the performing arts for 35 years.



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Summer Sessions!

We know you are ready!
We're ready too!
We've hoped to have classes
all this year for you.

But we haven't felt confident
they'd be what we want
for keeping the quality
of our offerings top-notch.

But they're on their way now!
It's true, they'll be here!
Just a few more days
till our SUMMER SESSIONS are clear!

Look for more details
on our website next week.

And we promise that you
will find what you seek.

Love,
The WCTeam

You're invited to Raise the Curtain!

Raise the Curtain is an opportunity for businesses and individuals to sponsor the 2017-2018 Whidbey Childrens Theater Season. Attendees will enjoy beverages and appetizers, an original production featuring WCT actors, and participate in deciding our season by casting their votes for competing VOTE FOR THE SEASON productions. 

Meet the Company: Hinterland

Meet the Company: Hinterland

Afraid of the dark and plagued by power failure, Henry Quealy is living in the shadow of terror. Returning one day from his job as a door-to-door salesman selling doors, Henry discovers a hitherto hidden portal in the wall of his home. The government declares Henry a shadow of his former self — literally — and he is taken away through the mystery door. Hinterland is a satirical comedy about the divided self and the paranoia of the insular state.