35th Anniversary

Anniversary Announcement No. 3

Here is our third and final "3 on the 5th for our 35th" Anniversary Announcement! Thank you to everyone for joining in our celebration—we are so excited to share this year with our friends, family, audiences, patrons, and collaborators. You make our world go round!

On Saturday, April 30, 2016 Whidbey Children’s Theater will host Raise the Curtain, a fundraiser announcing the productions of our 35th Anniversary Season… with a twist.

Patrons will enjoy an evening of food and drink, with performances by WCT actors. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to VOTE by donation on the first and last shows of the season!

Based on what community members are most excited to see on the Whidbey Children’s Theater stage, they can donate to one of two titles for the November 2016 and August 2017 slots of WCT’s 35th Anniversary Season.

Prospective shows will be announced on February 1st, at which time Online Voting will be available at www.wctmagic.org. Online Voting will close on Friday, April 29nd. The final round of voting will occur in person at WCT’s Raise the Curtain, the evening of Saturday, April 30.

The shows which have raised the most money will be selected and revealed along with the rest of WCT’s 35th Anniversary Season.

Stay tuned for further details and information on WCT's Raise the Curtain event!

Anniversary Announcement No. 2

We are thrilled to announce the return of Kylie McKenzie Soder as director of this year’s Classic Conservatory for Young Adults production, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. Soder directed the CCYA 2015 production of Antigone by Sophocles to great acclaim.

Soder will use the Twelfth Night script developed by Island Shakespeare Festival for their January 6th (that's tonight!) Bard & Brew, a series of immersive staged readings at The Taproom at Bayview Corner. Find out more, here.

This news follows the November announcement of collaboration between WCT and Island Shakespeare Festival to relocate CCYA to WCT, satisfying many points of the organizations’ missions. You can read more about the collaboration here.

Of returning to direct for CCYA, Soder says, “One year ago, a friend and mentor told me about a directing opportunity for a youth theatre program on Whidbey Island. I was fresh out of school, had never been to Whidbey Island, and had never heard of ISF or CCYA. But I trusted my friend's judgement; when he told me that the festival was absolutely "magical", I had high expectations.

In directing Antigone for CCYA, I must say that the experience did not meet my expectations... it far surpassed them. Working with so many talented teens in the beautiful town of Langley taught me what the true meaning of Magical is. Thats what we make in the program: magic in its purest form.

Not even a week after closing Antigone, I found myself homesick for the Island that had so swiftly worked its way into my heart. So, when I was approached with the prospect of returning in the summer of 2016, I was overjoyed.

It is my great pleasure and honor to be rejoining CCYA as the director of Twelfth Night. And so, my friends, I hope you will join me, the CCYA, WCT and ISF for another summer of magic.”

CCYA is a four-week summer intensive program for young actors age 15 - 20. For more information, visit www.wctmagic.org/ccya

Anniversary Announcement No. 1

Seussical the Musical, the Summer 2016 show of WCT’s “A Season to Remember” will be the inaugural production of the newest Whidbey Children’s Theater program, Summer Classic.

Seussical will open Thursday, July 28 and run through Sunday, August 7th and is dedicated to the Theater’s Tech Director, Rod Stewart for his many years of generous devotion.

The annual Summer Classic program will run with a different production each summer as a revival of the family-oriented, mixed-age productions from WCT’s history. An exclusive number of “adult” registration slots are available to WCT Alum, parents, guardians, and community members.

It is both satisfying and exhilarating to bring back this slice of WCT’s past. For years, WCT brought families together on stage to share the experiences—the fun and camaraderie—of theater. We are really looking forward to raising our curtains for a reprise of that magic!
— Cait Cassée, Executive Director
It is especially exciting to introduce this program that is so directly inspired by our past at this time. The Summer Classic is still a part of our season, but with a sort of specialty added. Once a year, we get to invite alum, community members, and the adults in the lives of our actors to experience that magic of theater alongside our youth actors. It will be an invaluable experience for our year-round actors who are used to sharing the stage with their peers. Now they get to share the stage with mentors and in some cases, their parents and guardians!
— Kathryn Lynn Morgen, Program & Production Manager

The Summer Classic program was developed by Kathryn Lynn Morgen and Cait Cassée, with inspiration from WCT Alum Family Member, Melinda Mack.

This year’s Summer Classic production, Seussical the Musical, begins rehearsals after Memorial Day for three days a week. Registration for Seussical the Musical begins Wednesday, February 24th at 10:00 am and is available online, by phone, and in person at Whidbey Children’s Theater. Registration is open to grades 3 - 12 and an exclusive number of adult roles will also be available.

More details will be announced at the beginning of February.

3 on the 5th for our 35th

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It's here! We've entered 2016, our 35th Anniversary Year!

To celebrate, we have been planning THREE exciting announcements (one per day) starting on January 5th—that's tomorrow!

In other words, get ready for some great news. We'll post the announcements here on our blog, on Facebook, and send them out in our email newsletter. So you'll get the news no matter how you prefer to receive your exclusive Whidbey Children's Theater info!