Whidbey Children's Theater is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of youth by creating opportunities to discover, experience, and participate in the performing arts.
We believe that the performing arts have a valuable place in our community, and that through participation in the arts children will develop their unique selves in an environment that embraces the whole person and emphasizes support, collaboration, and trust. We strive to engage in collaborative efforts with the larger community of arts groups wherever possible and recognize the positive impact such endeavors have on the community as a whole.
Founded in 1981 by Martha Murphy, Whidbey Children's Theater originated in Martha's home where she taught and presented inter-generational productions that established the foundation of the WCT philosophy.
In 1988, WCT moved to a barn across from Martha's home on Third Street. It became a stage, a classroom, and an important gathering place for Whidbey Youth.
In 2003, parents and community members formed a board of directors and began to grow WCT as a non-profit organization, establishing its own theater through the generous cooperation of the Porter Family, at the Porter Building on Anthes Avenue in the heart of Langley.
As the tenancy of the beloved Porter Building came to a close, WCT began to consider locations that would allow greater financial sustainability and the opportunity to develop and expand its programming to include more children in the world of performing arts. With declining enrollment and lack of funding, the local public school district had been forced to eliminate most of its arts offerings and the two agencies identified that a collaborative relationship between them would offer both an opportunity to fulfill their mission statements and bring a much beloved program to more youth in the Whidbey community.
Thus, in June 2013 a lease agreement was signed between the South Whidbey School District and WCT for the theater's occupancy for the long unused and historic Langley Middle School auditorium and classrooms. As part of the agreement, Whidbey Children's Theater agreed to devise and implement programming that would bring arts opportunities to the schools through art, music, screenwriting, set design, theater tech, and more.
Whidbey Children's Theater is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We rely on the generosity and shared vision of individual donors, businesses, our families, and volunteers to make our efforts possible.
Visit our SUPPORT US page to find out the ways you can support youth performing arts on Whidbey Island.