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Programs, 2019-2020 season

2019-20 School-Year Program for Grades 1-4

Seussical, KIDS

Show: Seussical, KIDS; MONDAY CAST
Rehearsals: Mondays, 4pm to 6pm, starting September 16, 2019
Tech week: Mandatory, starts March or April, 2020 (exact dates/times TDB)
Performances: 2 or 3 performances in March or April, 2020 (exact dates/times TDB)
Rehearsal location: The Odyssey Theatre, 2055 South Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025
Tech week and performance location: The Odyssey Theatre, 2055 South Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025
Price: $1,500.00 (pricing includes script, rehearsal CD and costume, cast t-shirt, two complimentary tickets to first performance, final performance video download link, rehearsal and performance fees)

Program Description: Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical KIDS, a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime). Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat, our narrator, tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child, who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton's challenge is twofold — not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

2019-20 School-Year Program for Grades 1-4

Seussical, KIDS

Show: Seussical, KIDS; THURSDAY CAST
Rehearsals: Thursdays, 3:15pm to 5:15pm, starting September 19, 2019
Tech week: Mandatory, starts April, 2020 (exact dates/times TDB)
Performances: 2 performances in April, 2020 (exact dates/times TDB)
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: $1,500.00 (pricing includes script, rehearsal CD and costume, cast t-shirt, two complimentary tickets to first performance, final performance video download link, rehearsal and performance fees)

Program Description: Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical KIDS, a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime). Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat, our narrator, tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child, who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton's challenge is twofold — not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

2019-20 School-Year Program for Grades 5-12

Into The Woods

Show: Into the Woods, JR
Rehearsals: Sundays, 5pm to 7pm, starting September 8, 2019
Tech week: Mandatory, starts March or April, 2020 (exact dates/times TDB)
Performances: 4 performances on March 28 & 29, 2020 (exact times TDB)
Rehearsal location: The Odyssey Theatre, 2055 South Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025
Tech week and performance location: The UCLA Freud Playhouse at MacGowan Hall, 245 Charles E Young Dr E, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Price: $1,500.00 (pricing includes script, rehearsal CD and costume, cast t-shirt, two complimentary tickets to first performance, final performance video download link, rehearsal and performance fees)

Program Description: Be careful what you wish for, as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods JR. features all of your favorite characters — Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch — in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables. The musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse, and wind up changed forever.

2019-20 UCLA Lab School Program for Grades 3-5


The Lion King, KIDS

Show: The Lion King, KIDS (UCLA Lab School students ONLY)
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 3:15pm to 5:15pm, starting September 17, 2019
Tech week: starts March 2020 (exact dates TBD) - please be aware tech week rehearsals are mandatory (no exceptions)
Performances: second week of March, 2020 (exact dates TBD)
Rehearsal location: UCLA Lab School, Community Hall
Performance and tech week rehearsal location: The UCLA Freud Playhouse at MacGowan Hall
Price: $900.00 (pricing includes script, rehearsal CD and costume, as well as rehearsal and performance fees)

Program Description: The African savanna comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

****NOTE: This program is first come, first served with limited availability for financial aid and scholarships.****

Please note Westside Children’s Theatre will not hold summer camps for 2019 due to professional development with Broadway Teachers Group in NYC.

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!