We did it! Thank you to all of our supporters—our community, our patrons, our donors, our volunteers, our actors—who helped make Raise the Curtain a successful event. After final tally (adding ticket sales, and absentee donations) we have not only met, but surpassed our goal of $15,000 toward our 35th Anniversary Season!!
We are so thrilled to announce that our Executive Director, Cait Cassée has agreed to make her solo-directing debut with our March show, Inside Frampton and the Outside World.
Here's what she has to say!
After a stint on stage as a flying monkey, tapping out “Put On a Happy Face”, a smidge of “Swan Lake”, and some piano recitals, I had my first straight-up acting gig for the San Anselmo Parks & Rec production of Guys and Dolls when I was 11 or so. I was cast as - and worked earnestly to portray - both a Hat Box Dancer (think Can-Can girl) and General Matilda B. Cartwright, the head of the Salvation Army. It may be that the casting directors sensed my innate ambivalence, but I prefer to think that they simply recognized my range.
It was quite a range, and falling personally somewhere in the middle of it, as I did, I had to work hard to not bat my eyelashes seductively at my Salvation Army troops nor look uncomfortable in my short shorts and straw hat during “Bushel and a Peck”. Being rather tom-boyish at the time, both were a stretch for me.
Like me, Whidbey Children’s Theater falls somewhere in-between. Neither Parks & Rec nor Broadway, WCT has a beloved after-school theater program as well as a responsibility to bridge the theater education gap.
Five years ago my daughter, Miranda, needed a lifeline. Already in love with all things WCT, she signed up to be in the first Pacific Northwest performance of the award winning Inside Frampton and the Outside World and her world changed. Frampton, written by Susannah Rose Woods, is a heart-warming, endearing story full of characters we can all relate to. It’s about finding out who you are, learning to trust yourself, and look beyond image and appearance to find the true friends around you. It was a magnificent, life changing experience for my daughter then, and it is with so much joy and anticipation that I take it on this season as my first solo-directing gig for Whidbey Children’s Theater.
There is no question that both this play, and its author - WCT’s original Frampton director in 2011, Rose Woods - have played an enormous role in my life and my family. As has this theater. I am excited beyond words to get to work with the amazing talents of Rod Stewart (Tech Director), Kathryn Morgen (Set Designer), Melanie Lowey (Musical Director), Jody Harrison (Costume Designer), the incredible cast already assembling, and my own Miranda, back this time as Stage Manager, my right hand.
Inside Frampton and the Outside World is NOW REGISTERING youth actors Grades 6 - 8. Rehearsals begin in January and performances run March 11 - 20, 2016. For information or to register online, CLICK HERE.
We've made an exciting change! As you may know, we've been planning to present an original play this year, titled The Sweet and Salty Salish Sea for a middle school cast in March 2016. Though we are in love with the developing story and characters, we've found that the script isn't ready for the stage just yet.
While are sad to lose Salish, we are more than thrilled to be able to to bring back a WCT favorite:
Inside Frampton and the Outside World
This wonderful musical tells the amazing story of Frampton, the three-legged house cat that finds himself on a great adventure in The Outside World. Written by Rose Woods and originally staged at WCT in 2011, this is a fun, exciting and touching play that will delight actors and audiences alike.
SIGN-UPS FOR "FRAMPTON" WILL BEGIN ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH @ 10AM