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..."

Monday, January 11, 2016

Dan Reardon Brings Bert To Life on Stage

Starting January 29, Dan Reardon and the chimney sweeps will be 'stepping-in-time' at our production of Mary Poppins!

Wakefield native and graduate of Syracuse UnIversity, Dan also played Bert at the Sierra Repertory Theatre. Regional credits include: Bobby C in Saturday Night Fever (Arvada Center), Tulsa in Gypsy (OSTC), Young Scrooge/Christmas Future in A Christmas Carol (NSMT).

Reserve your seats today to see your favorite chimney sweep, January 29 to February 28.

Friday, January 8, 2016

VIDEO: Professional, Accessible Theatre in the Heart of Boston

This season, we celebrate 35 years of creating opportunities for all people to enjoy live theatre, whether it’s onstage or backstage.

Wheelock Family Theatre’s (WFT’s) mission is to provide opportunities for all people to enjoy live theatre, whether it’s onstage or backstage. “This is theatre for families by everybody—multigenerational in the audience and onstage,” says WFT General Manager Shelley Bolman. “You have professional actors working alongside children and students putting together a really finished product that is tackling issues that relate to everybody.”

"This is theatre for families by everybody"

Lisa Yuen Takes the Lead in Mary Poppins

In 3 weeks, Mary Poppins will fly at Boston's Wheelock Family Theatre, with Lisa Yuen in the title role.

Lisa has performed on Broadway in 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee and Miss Saigon, in several national tours, on local stages in The King and I, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, and The Wizard of Oz, and in film and television.

Reserve your seats today to see the practically perfect nanny, January 29 to February 28.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Give the Gift of Arts Education! Register for Winter and Spring Classes

Registration for Wheelock Family Theatre's Winter and Spring 2016 classes now open

Registration for Wheelock Family Theatre's Winter and Spring 2016 classes is now open! This includes our weekly classes and vacation week intensives. We know that many of you like to plan ahead and here is your opportunity to do so.

Ranging from musical theatre to Shakespeare, WFT classes will teach your child new skills and help build their confidence on stage and off. For full information about these and other classes--including class dates, times, descriptions, and registration links--visit our website.

If you have any questions or would like guidance choosing classes for your child, give us a call at 617-879-1175.

Also, note that our December Vacation Week classes and Winter I weekend classes are filling up quickly, so if your student has interest in one of these sessions, please reserve a spot ASAP. Here's a quick look at the classes we're offering for Vacation Week (December 28 to January 1):
Ages 5-6: Winter Animal Tales
Ages 7-8: Act Now!
Ages 9-11: Scene into Song: The Art of the Musical Theatre Segue
Ages 12-16: The Sound and Fury of Shakespeare
We hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Emerging Playwrights: Alex Drumm Jr.’s "How to Pimp a Butterfly"

Started in 2012 with funding from the Susan Kosoff Legacy Fund, the Emerging Playwrights Program is a Wheelock Family Theatre initiative that teaches teens playwriting skills as a vehicle for expressing their voices and ideas. This year's cohort of six students has been mentored by WFT teaching artists, has attended workshops by Boston's leading playwrights, and has had the opportunity of having their works brought to life by professional directors and actors. They have learned skills in critical analysis, communication, collaboration and creativity that will benefit them in the 21st century.

In this video we see Alex Drumm Jr.’s How to Pimp a Butterfly. This piece deals with some of the many stereotypes that young black men face throughout their daily lives and how preconceived notions can be an obstacle to making real human connections.

Content Warning: This video contains strong language and content.