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Programs, 2018-2019 season

2018-19 School-Year Program for Grades 1-4

Annie KIDS

Show: Annie, KIDS
Rehearsals: Thursdays, 3:15pm to 5:15pm, starting September 13, 2018
Tech week: Mandatory, starts April 1, 2019 (*** see below)
Performances: Saturday April 6 and Sunday April 7, 2019 at 11:30am
Rehearsal location: The Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
Tech week and performance location: The Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
Price: $1,300.00 (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.

*** Extra Rehearsal and Performance Obligations in April, 2019:
TECH WEEK: Monday April 1, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
TECH WEEK: Thursday April 4, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
TECH WEEK: Friday April 5, 3:30pm to 6pm
PERFORMANCE DAY: Saturday April 6, Show at 11:30am
PERFORMANCE DAY: Sunday April 7, Show at 11:30am

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

2018-19 School-Year Program for Grades 5-10

Willy Wonka JR

Show: Willy Wonka, JR
Rehearsals: Sundays, 5pm to 7pm, starting September 30, 2018
Tech week: Mandatory, starts May 28, 2019 (*** see below)
Performances: Saturday June 1, 2019 and Sunday June 2 at 3pm
Rehearsal location: Odyssey Theatre, 2055 South Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. 90025
Tech week and performance location: The Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
Price: $1,300.00 (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.

*** Extra Rehearsal and Performance Obligations in May and June, 2019:
TECH WEEK: Tuesday May 28, 5pm to 7pm
TECH WEEK: Thursday May 30, 5pm to 7pm
TECH WEEK: Friday May 31, 5pm to 9pm
PERFORMANCE DAY: Saturday June 1, Show at 3pm
PERFORMANCE DAY: Sunday June 2, Show at 3pm

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

2018-19 After School Program at UCLA Lab School

Willy Wonka KIDS

Show: Willy Wonka, KIDS
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 3:15pm to 5pm, starting September 11, 2018
Tech week: February, 2019 (exact dates/times TBD)
Performances: February, 2019 (exact dates/times TBD)
Location: UCLA Lab School, Community Hall
Price: $800.00 (pricing includes script, rehearsal CD, professional pictures, 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 KIDS is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth.

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.

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 1-4 and 5-10 (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!