Welcome to Wheelock Family Theatre's 36th season!
The professional Equity theatre for adults and young people located on the campus of Wheelock College, WFT continues to strive for new levels of inclusion and to embrace the diversity of the world in which we live. The 35th season features stories based on literature that is multi-layered and offers extraordinary artistic challenges and dynamic casting possibilities. The season dramatizes classic stories that illustrate our need to recognize important relationships, nurture and tend to their growth, and inspire camaraderie and develop friendships. A season so magical that it will inspire the young and the young-at-heart.
AKEELAH AND THE BEE
October 21 - November 20, 2016
Based on the screenplay by Doug Atchison. Adapted for the stage by Cheryl L. West.
Akeelah is an independent, 11-year-old girl with a razor-sharp mind and an aptitude for spelling. Her courage and tenacity inspire the people of her neighborhood and might just take her all the way from a Chicago housing development to the national spelling bee.
Recommended for adults, teens, ‘tweens, youth and children 6+
BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL
January 27 - February 26, 2017
Book & lyrics by Lee Hall. Music by Elton John.
Originally directed in London by Stephen Daldry.
Orchestrations by Martin Koch.
Executive Producers (Original London Production) Angela Morrison & David Furnish.
Producers (Original London Production): Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jon Finn, & Sally Greene.
Originally presented in London by Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Working Title Films, Old Vic Productions in association with Tiger Productions.
Based on the Universal Pictures/Studio Canal Film.
The inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true, set in a northern English mining town. Follow Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and community…and changes his life forever.
Recommended for adults, teens, ‘tweens, youth and children 8+.
April 14 - May 14, 2017
Adapted by Joseph Robinette from the book by E.B. White.
Charlotte the extraordinary spider works a miracle with her web to save Wilbur the irresistible young pig — a tale of friendship and loyalty, based on the best-selling children’s paperback of all time by beloved author E.B. White.;
Recommended for adults, teens, ‘tweens, youth and children of all ages.
Wheelock Family Theatre is wheelchair accessible. All performances are Open Captioned. Final weekend performances are interpreted in American Sign Language and Audio-described. Features are available at all productions for patrons with sensory sensitivities.
Wheelock Family Theatre is a professional, non-profit theatre associated with Actor’s Equity, the union of professional actors and stage managers. Located on the campus of Wheelock College, Wheelock Family Theatre seeks to improve the lives of children and families through the shared experience of live theatre.
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My daughter and I enjoyed the performance tremendously. It was a wonderful show and we truly enjoyed coming back to WFT, a place that my mom originally introduced to me before I became a Wheelock student in 1982. It brought back many wonderful memories of theatre experiences that I shared with my mom in my younger years. Now that my mom is no longer here, I was thrilled to be able to bring my own child and share a great, quality theatre experience with her. This is a great tradition that I will carry forward to honor and remember my mom. So thank you!
I cannot thank you enough for being here—it’s the one place I can regularly come with my family to see outstanding acting and extraordinary productions at an affordable price.
– audience member