Thursday, April 14, 2016

TRAILER: A Year with Frog and Toad

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.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Presenting the 2016 WHEEL Award to Willie Reale

performance | reception | auction

Please join us in presenting the 2016 WHEEL Award to WILLIE REALE 52nd Street Project founder, MacArthur Fellow, and co-creator of the musical A Year with Frog and Toad 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Andrea Ross Visits To Sing Some of "Her Favorite Songs!"

Andrew Lloyd Webber protégé and actor Andrea Ross will be visiting Wheelock Family Theatre on Saturday, April 2 at 10am. Ross is in town for the Broadway in Boston run of The Sound of Music (Boston Opera House, March 29-April 10), in which she plays Ursula and u/s Maria.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Mimi Katano ’93MS: A Wheelock Family Theatre “Homecoming”

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2016 edition of the Wheelock Magazine.

Mimi Katano ’93MS calls what will be her return to Wheelock Family Theatre (WFT) to direct A Year with Frog and Toad from April 15 to May 15 a “homecoming.” Mimi, who is now the artistic director at Youth Theatre Northwest (YTN) in Seattle, planted roots with WFT 29 years ago during her freshman year at Emerson College in Boston, where she earned a degree in General Performing Arts. She played Eliza in The King and I, and two years later — as a junior — she played Josie Pye in Anne of Green Gables. And this was just the beginning.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Mary Poppins: Class distinctions and Supporting Characters

Mary Poppins sings: “Though you’re just a diamond in the rough, Bert, Underneath your blood is blue! 

In Edwardian England, class distinctions were a part of life. Meet the actors who play the Banks’ cook, the footman, the Bird Woman, and Bank Chairman.

Beth Gotha is making her Wheelock Family Theatre debut as Mrs. Brill. Boston area credits include My Fair Lady, Into the Woods, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Sunday in the Park with George (Lyric Stage); Richard III (Publick); My Fair Lady and Beauty and the Beast (Reagle); and Beauty and the Beast and Our Town (Worcester Foothills). Beth has also performed with Merrimack Rep, Ogunquit, Súgán Theatre Company and NSMT, among others.

Pablo Torres is making his Wheelock Family Theatre debut! He was recently seen in A Little Night Music as Henrik Egerman (Huntington) and The Light in the Piazza as Giuseppe and Little Murders as Lt. Practice (Boston Conservatory). His regional theatre credits include Sweeney Todd (Toby) and Bat Boy: The Musical (Rick) with Tampa Theatre, and Elegies: For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Patrick) with Edinburgh’s Church Hill Theatre. Pablo is pursuing his BFA at Boston Conservatory.

Gamalia Pharms sings the iconic song “Feed the Birds.”She was last seen at Wheelock Family Theatre in Shrek the Musical. Her favorite Wheelock Family Theatre shows include Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast, The Sound of Music, and The Good Times Are Killing Me. Gamalia has performed in regional theatres up and down the East Coast, and has a BFA from Boston Conservatoryof Music.

Dale Place plays Admiral Boom and the Bank Chairman. At Wheelock Family Theatre, he was seen in A Tale of Two Cities and Annie. He has appeared in NY in King Lear at the NY Shakespeare Festival and in Nikolai and the Others at Lincoln Center and many regional stages. Other area credits include the New Rep, Huntington, Lyric, SpeakEasy, Stoneham, Boston Playwrights', and Hanover. Film credits include: Joy, The Fighter, The Proposal, Gone Baby Gone, and What’s Your Number.

"Mary Poppins" runs January 29 to February 28. Reserve your seats today!

Friday, January 22, 2016

TRAILER: "Mary Poppins" at Wheelock Family Theatre

The Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Musical!

Based on the popular books by P. L. Travers and the beloved 1964 Disney film, Mary Poppins teaches us, that with just a spoonful of magic, "Anything can happen if you let it." This lively heartfelt musical acknowledges the struggles of familial responsibilities – but also celebrates the special kind of magic of everyday life!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Shana Dirik as the Cruel and Overbearing Miss Andrew

"Brimstone and Treacle for you!"
Brimstone and treacle and carbolic soap are the tools of the trade of actor Shana Dirik in her Wheelock Family Theatre debut as the cruel and overbearing nanny Miss Andrew.

Dirik has appeared in numerous regional productions, most recently as Ursula in The Little Mermaid (Fiddlehead). She was honored with IRNE wins for her performances as Charlotte in A Little Night Music and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd.

Reserve your seats today!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Story Troupers Audition Workshop This January

Learn how to approach material in Story Trouper style - bigger, faster, louder!

Enroll your teenager, age 12-16, in our Story Troupers Audition Workshop! Story Troupers is Wheelock Family Theatre's teenage touring ensemble.  Students will work on specific skills to prepare for a Trouper audition. Get tips on comic monologues, improv exercises, and dance combinations.

This Winter 2016 1-day session takes places Sunday January 24, 2016 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Tuition is $100 and some scholarships are available. Registrants will be sent further details about preparation.

Register Today!

Meet Jane and Michael Banks

"Take us on outings, give us treats, sing songs, bring sweets."

Hurry, and get your tickets to see Lily Ramas & Asher Navisky, Eowyn Young & Cameron Levesque as Jane and Michael Banks!

Eowyn, age 12, and Cameron, age 9, are both making their WFT debuts, but are not newcomers to the stage.

Eowyn's favorite credits include Les Miserables (Reagle), A Christmas Carol (NSMT), Annie (RTW), A Christmas Celtic Sojourn Tour (WGBH), and Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker.

Cameron's regional credits include The Who's Tommy (Turtle Lane), The Wizard of Oz, A Little Princess (Metrowest Family Theatre), and A Christmas Carol (Hanover Theatre).

Lily Ramas returns to WFT as Jane Banks. Her regional credits include Shrek the Musical (WFT), Annie, White Christmas, Witches of Eastwick (Ogunquit Playhouse), Music Man (MSMT), and A Christmas Carol (Hanover Theater).

Mary Poppins is Asher Navisky's debut at Wheelock Family Theatre. Previously he has appeared as Daddy Warbucks and Willy Wonka in All Newton Music School productions.

"We won't hide your spectacles so you can't see, put toads in your bed, or pepper in your tea..."