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Programs, 2018-2019 season

2018-19 School-Year Program for Grades 1-3

Annie KIDS

Show: Annie, KIDS
Rehearsals: Thursdays, 3:00pm to 5:00pm, starting September, 2018 (exact starting date TBD)
Tech week: Mandatory, starts April, 2019 (exact dates/times TBD)
Performances: April, 2019 (exact dates/times TBD)
Location: The Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
Price: $1,300.00, EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $1,100 if you register by June 1st (pricing includes script, rehearsal CD and costume, as well as rehearsal and performance fees)

Program Description: Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie KIDS features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

2018-19 School-Year Program for Grades 4-9

Willy Wonka JR

Show: Willy Wonka, JR
Rehearsals: Fridays, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, starting October, 2018 (exact starting date TBD)
Tech week: Mandatory, starts June, 2019 (exact dates/times TBD)
Performances: June, 2019 (exact dates/times TBD)
Location: The Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
Price: $1,300.00, EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $1,100 if you register by June 1st (pricing includes script, rehearsal CD and costume, as well as rehearsal and performance fees)

Program Description: The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth. Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences.

Please note: there will be no Westside Children's Theatre summer program in 2018 due to Jerelyn Newman and Josh Bedlion doing a Broadway Teachers Workshop in New York City.

Programs, 2017-2018 season

2017-18 School-Year Program for Grades 1-3

Frog and Toad KIDS

Show: A Year with Frog and Toad, KIDS
Rehearsals: Thursdays, 3:00pm to 5:00pm, starting September 14, 2017 (*** see below)
Tech week: Mandatory, starts the week of April 16, 2018 (*** see below)
Performances: Saturday April 21 at 11:30am and Sunday April 22 at 11:30am, 2018
Location: The Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
Price: $1,300.00 (includes script, rehearsal CD and costume, as well as rehearsal and performance fees)

Program Description: Adapted from the three-time-Tony-nominated Broadway hit comes A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS. Based on Arnold Lobel's well-loved books, the jazzy, upbeat score bubbles with melody. Part vaudeville, part make-believe, and all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons.

*** Extra Rehearsal and Performance Obligations:
EXTRA REHEARSAL: Monday April 9, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
TECH WEEK: Monday April 16, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
TECH WEEK: Thursday April 19, 3:30pm to 6pm
TECH WEEK: Friday April 20, times TBD
PERFORMANCE DAY: Saturday April 20, 9am to 1pm - Show at 11:30am
PERFORMANCE DAY: Sunday April 21, 9am to 1pm - Show at 11:30am

*times/dates of added rehearsals are subject to change*

2017-18 School-Year Program for Grades 4-8

Dear Edwina JR

Show: Dear Edwina, JR
Rehearsals: Fridays, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, starting October 13, 2017 (*** see below)
Tech week: Mandatory, starts the week of June 4, 2018 (*** see below)
Performances: Saturday June 9 at 11:30am and Sunday June 10 at 11:30am, 2018
Location: The Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
Price: $1,300.00 (includes script, rehearsal CD and costume, as well as rehearsal and performance fees)

Program Description: Dear Edwina JR. is a heartwarming musical about the joys of growing up, from the creators of Junie B. Jones, The Musical. Edwina and her friends share wisdom on everything from trying new foods to making new friends through clever, catchy and poignant songs. Written in a “show-within-a-show” format, Dear Edwina JR. is the perfect musical for a new generation!

*** Extra Rehearsal and Performance Obligations:
EXTRA REHEARSAL: Saturday May 5, 9am to 12:45pm
EXTRA REHEARSAL: Sunday May 6, 9am to 1pm
EXTRA REHEARSAL: Tuesday May 22, 2:30pm to 4:30pm
EXTRA REHEARSAL: Thursday May 24, 2:30pm to 4:30pm
EXTRA REHEARSAL: Sunday June 3, 1pm to 5pm
TECH WEEK: Tuesday June 5, 2:30pm to 5pm
TECH WEEK: Thursday June 7, 2:30pm to 5pm - DRESS REHEARSAL
TECH WEEK: Friday June 8, times TBD - DRESS REHEARSAL

*times/dates of added rehearsals are subject to change*

POLICIES

PARTICIPATION:
The staff at WCT is committed to giving your children a professional theatre experience. Each child is expected to memorize their lines, songs and choreography. Therefore, time commitment is not casual but rather essential. We ask that when making your choice to become part of our production, that you honor everyone's time as we will yours. Space is limited. Cast members will be asked to limit or avoid any absences, and to postpone vacations until after the last performance. Once the production is cast, the entire ensemble depends on everyone's attendance as missing actors are very disruptive to rehearsals. Missing rehearsal=missing material! If a child is consistently disruptive (after redirection and speaking to parents/guardians) or has more than 3 unexplained/unexcused absences, we reserve the right to recast the child's role or dismiss the child from the program without a refund.

*Westside Children's Theatre reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.
*Westside Children's Theatre reserves the right to change the show without notice due to class size or otherwise.

CASTING:
Currently, WCT’s programs are generally broken up between grades 1 - 3 and 4 - 9 (exceptions can be made by the discretion of the staff on what group best fits the individual needs of the child). Children will be cast in roles which the staff feel are appropriate for their physical, mental and emotional development/capabilities. We will not cast a child in a role where they are set up to fail. We want every child to shine and feel that they have had nothing short of a positive experience. We ask that parents support our staff in each cast decision. Parents have just as an important role in creating a nurturing and positive environment for their child's theatrical experience. REMEMBER: If you are excited, they will be even more excited!! Just like a sport, we need each and every player to create a team. The kids will grow in leaps and bounds from this experience (socially, and emotionally especially). Theatre is not only confidence building but they will walk away with more of a familial feel than most other "after school activities." Thank you so much for your support and being part of our team!