World travel, difficult quests, voyages of discovery, pirates, treasure, fantastical foes, beloved heroes, and YOU! Whidbey Children’s Theatre is excited to announce our 2018-2019 Season of Adventure!
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.
Adventure stories have been popular since humans first began telling tales, sometimes as parables, sometimes myths, but always with that classic combination of unexpected thrills, chills and fun! They are a form of “the hero’s journey” – stories of self-discovery for the protagonist, and generally contain elements we can all identify with and relate to. Of course, adventure is also a ticket to strange faraway lands and wild stories of mystery and discovery. Adventure is food for the imagination, one of our most important forms of intelligence, and so, this season, WCT will be providing a full five-course meal. We look forward to seeing you there!
Fall MainStage Production – multi-age (8-18)
November 9-18, 2018
The Neverending Story (Atreyu and the Great Quest)
Based upon the novel by Michael Ende, adapted by David S. Craig. Commissioned by Seattle Children's Theatre and Imagination Stage.
A gripping adventure, full of weird and wonderful creatures, exciting foes, wondrous allies, and the power of imagination.
Told with all the thrills of a classic adventure, the story begins with Bastian, a lonely boy, being chased by bullies, who stumbles into a curious bookshop where he discovers a curious book—The Neverending Story. Bastian hides in the attic of his school and begins to read, and a huge adventure surges into life. Fantastica, a land of stories, is being destroyed by the Nothing. The Childlike Empress has chosen Atreyu, a young hunter, to be the Hero of the Great Quest. Atreyu, an orphan, is an unlikely choice, but he bravely accepts and, with his horse and companion, Artax, rides to face the menace. His journey through strange places, meeting exotic characters and facing great challenges, leads back to Bastian for the quest to be completed.
Winter Black Box – TCYA/WCTeen Production, Grades 9-12
January 25-February 3, 2019
Twelfth Night or What You Will
This Shakespeare classic is a hilarious, quirky adventure – with hints at darker tones – that takes twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated after a shipwreck, on very different paths through confusion, mistaken identities, subplots, love triangles and joyful discovery to a very “Bard-ish” ending. Shenanigans Central.
Winter MainStage Musical – Grades 5-8
March 1-10, 2019
James and the Giant Peach, Jr.
Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, James and the Giant Peach, Jr. is a brand new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic.
When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way.
Spring Black Box – WCTeen Production, Grades 9-12
May 3-12, 2019
She Kills Monsters, by Qui Nguyen
A magical, swashbuckling encounter with real world issues in a Dungeons & Dragons landscape. She Kills Monsters tells the story of high schooler Agnes Evans as she deals with the death of her younger sister, Tilly. When Agnes stumbles upon Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ’90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.
Summer Family Classic – Multi-age + family + alumni!
July 19-28, 2019
Dr. Dolittle, Jr.
In hibernation for 20 years, Dr. Dolittle is set for an all new season of fun and adventure! With the upcoming remake featuring talents like Robert Downey, Jr., Emma Thompson, Tom Holland, and Antonio Banderas, the movie is scheduled to release just months before WCT launches its’ own red carpet version.
This classic tale of kindness to animals trots, crawls and flies onto the stage in Doctor Dolittle, JR. All of the characters we've come to love through the stories of Hugh Lofting and the magical movie musical are given new life in the stage version.
The musical tells the classic tale of a wacky, but kind, doctor who can talk to animals, taking the audience on a journey from the small English village of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh to the far corners of the world. When Doctor Dolittle attempts to help a seal named Sophie, he’s wrongly accused of murder and stands trial before General Bellowes. Once pronounced innocent, Dolittle is free to continue with his search for the Great Pink Sea Snail – the oldest and wisest of the creatures on earth. Needless to say, adventure ensues and….well, just come see it and you’ll find out what happens!
A very special thank you to our
2018/2019 SEASON SPONSORS
from Raise the Curtain 2018
Sophia Goode and Rob Hawkins, Clyde and Marcia Monma (College Search Consultants), Debby Elwell, Heritage Bank (Anne Bobinac), Nancy Nordhoff, Debra Waterman, The Hensrude Family, The O’Phelan/Eisenbrey Family, Kelly and Garrick West, Matt’s Import Haven, Des Rock (Useless Bay Coffee Company), Pam Schell, The Jurriaans Family (Prima Bistro & Saltwater Fish House), Sheila DeLong with State Farm, Maryanne Bast, Ana Dunwoody, Rick Hobbs, Clyde Bock and Gwynn Kayahli, Rod and Katie Stewart, Elizabeth Jaques, Kelly and Rich Russo, Alicia Alverson, Molly, Gretchen and Rob Mills, Kym Saephan, Larry and Ann Johnson, Gwen Jones, Cait Cassee, Lauri Johnson and John Grimm, Marilyn Klansnic, Katrina and John Watkins, Dierdre Sherman, Robert and Teresa McElhinny, Summer and Padjoe Martin, Boyd Family, Ron and Andrea Rieneckert, Elisa Stone, Brooke Partin Falke, Chloe Cranch, Leslie Wheeler, Melinda Gardiner, Joe Menth and Rhiannon Fisher, Sun Sang Goode, Kris Rodden and Friends, Marian Myzskowski, Enberg Insurance, Donna Doucette, Doug McKenzie, Malina Vande Werfhorst, Amorea Martin, Laural and David Fisher, Kiah Giffin