ELEMENTAL
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.

WCT offers anywhere from five to seven productions for young performers every season. Each production has a different age range and every season has at least two offerings for Grades 3 - 12. For information on getting involved in the productions at WCT, visit our PARTICIPATION page. We also offer CLASSES for ages 4 - 19.


Robin Hood

Written & Directed by
Cait Cassée

November 10-19, 2017

Cast: Grades 3 - 12

Tickets
Adults & Seniors: $16
Students (18 and Under): $8

 

  Photo by Lucy Brown

Photo by Lucy Brown

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
Cast: Grades 5 - 9

Tickets
Adults & Seniors: $16
Students (18 and Under): $8

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.

PERFORMANCES

Friday, March 9th @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 10th @ 7:00 pm
Sunday, March 11th @ 2:00 pm**

Friday, March 16th @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 17th @ 7:00 pm
Sunday, March 18th @ 2:00 pm

** Family Day Matinee, All Tickets $8


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The Giver

Directed by
Ann M. Johnson

Based on the book by
Lois Lowry
Adapted by Eric Coble

May 11 - 20, 2018

Cast: Grades 9 - 12

Tickets
Adults & Seniors: $16
Youth (18 and Under): $8

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

PERFORMANCES

Friday, May 11th @ 7:00
Saturday, May 12th @ 7:00
Sunday, May 13th @ 2:00

Thursday, May 17th @ 7:00 **
Friday, May 18th @ 7:00
Saturday, May 19th @ 7:00
Sunday, May 20th @ 2:00

** Student Night, All Students $5



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Shrek, Jr.

July 20 - 29, 2018

Tickets (On Sale June 27)
Adults & Seniors: $16
Youth (18 and Under): $8

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.

PERFORMANCES

Friday, July 20 @ 7:00
Saturday, July 21 @ 7:00
Sunday, July 22 @ 2:00 **

Friday, July 27 @ 7:00
Saturday, July 28 @ 7:00
Sunday, July 29 @ 2:00

** Family Day Matinee, All Tickets $8

Box Office opens 1 hour prior to showtime. House opens 30 minutes prior to showtime. Seating is general admission.
Recommended for Ages 5+

No Late Seating


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King Lear
by William Shakespeare

August 17 - 20, 2018

Directed by
Kathryn Lynn Morgen

Edited by Olena Hodges

FREE ADMISSION
Pass-the-hat proceeds benefit TCYA

Theatre Conservatory for Young Adults 
2018 Production

“King Lear stands like a colossus at the centre of Shakespeare’s achievement as the grandest effort of his imagination. In its social range it encompasses a whole society, from king to beggar, and invites us to move in our imagination between a royal palace and a hovel on a bare heath. Its emotional range extends from the extreme of violent anger to the tenderest intimacy of loving reconciliation […] It is unsparing in its depiction of human cruelty and misery, but also rich in its portrayals of goodness, devotion, loyalty and self-sacrifice […] and these features, together with the astonishing imaginative range of its action, its language and its imagery, have encouraged many to see the play in terms of universal values, as a kind of objective correlative for the spiritual journey through life […]"
— R.A. Foakes, Introduction to The Arden Shakespeare’s King Lear

King Lear is the right choice—and the exciting choice—for this year's TCYA. As the program has evolved over the years, our youth participants have shown themselves, over and over, to be not just able to rise to the occasion, but to take it further. To astonish. From The Importance of Being Earnest to Antigone, and to last season's Eurydice, the young actors who participate in TCYA have brought sophistication, dedication, artistry and enthusiasm to their work. Perhaps there was never a better time than now for a Shakespeare work to be a part of the TCYA anthology. And what better place to start than King Lear—a fitting cap to our season Elemental. Stories that reflect the fundamental facets of life, our relationships, and ask us to see how we fit in to the whole. 

Find out more about Theatre Conservatory for Young Adults here.


Visit our SEASON ARCHIVE for information on past shows.