2015-2016 Season

Welcome to Wheelock Family Theatre's 35th 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.

 

The Trumpet of the Swan

THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN


October 23 - November 22, 2015

Friday nights at 7:30, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 3:00

American Sign Language and Audio-description are offered on Friday November 20 at 7:30 and Sunday November 22 at 3:00.

All public performances offer open captioning

Adapted by Joseph Robinette from the book by E. B. White. Directed by Shelley Bolman. Lighting by Scott Bolman.

Louis, a romantic trumpeter swan, is in love with Serena, but he can't tell her how he feels for he was born without a voice. When he meets eleven-year-old Sam Beaver, a human friend, he goes to school with him to learn how to read and write. And Louis's father also helps out; offering him a brass trumpet to help him discover a voice. In the end, with patience and diligence, Louis learns to communicate through the music of Jazz and wins Serena's heart. E. B. White’s award-winning story celebrates the many creative ways we connect and communicate.

Recommended for adults, teens, ‘tweens, youth and children 6+.

Mary Poppins

MARY POPPINS


January 29 - February 28, 2016

Friday nights at 7:30; Saturday & Sunday matinees at 3:00

American Sign Language and Audio-description are offered on Friday February 26 at 7:30 and Sunday February 28 at 3:00.

School vacation week matinees at 1:00 (Tueday February 16 – Friday February 19)

All public performances offer open captioning

Book by Julian Fellowes with the original music by the Sherman Brothers. Additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Based on the books by P. L. Travers and the Disney Feature Motion Picture. Directed and choreographed by Russell Garrett. Costumes by Jeffrey Burroughs.

The street-smart Bert introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Siblings Jane and Michael are out-of-control and have sent many a nanny packing. But that is until Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she teaches the family how to value each other again. While Mary Poppins takes the children on many memorable adventures, Jane and Michael aren't the only ones she influences; even their parents will learn a lesson or two. Based on the popular books by P. L. Travers and the beloved 1964 Disney film, Mary Poppins teaches us, "Anything can happen if you let it."

Recommended for adults, teens, ‘tweens, youth and children 7+

A Year With Frog and Toad

A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD


April 15 - May 15, 2016

Friday nights at 7:30; Saturday & Sunday matinees at 3:00

School vacation week matinees at 1:00 (Tueday April 19 – Friday April 22; there is no evening performance on Friday April 22)

American Sign Language and Audio-description are offered on Friday May 13 at 7:30 and Sunday May 15 at 3:00.

All public performances offer open captioning

Music and lyrics by Robert and Willie Reale, adapted from the books by Arnold Lobel. Directed by Mimi Katano. Musical Direction by Heather McLaughlin Garbes. Scenic Design by Matthew T. Lazure.

Waking from hibernation in the early spring, the perky Frog and the worrywart Toad celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. These two best-friends plant gardens, swim underwater, rake leaves, go sledding, bake cookies, and learn to appreciate each other’s distinct qualities. Part vaudeville, part make-believe, all charm, A Year With Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that weathers all seasons. A delightful story based on the picture books by Arnold Lobel, this musical adaptation is a treat for all ages; children and the child within.

Recommended for adults, teens, ‘tweens, youth and children 4+

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!  

- Faye

 

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