As an organization, we strive
- To be a cultural and educational resource for the community by providing opportunities for all children to appreciate and participate in the performing arts.
- To provide a range of theatre experiences for children of diverse cultures and different ages.
- To foster self-discovery, creativity, confidence, group responsibility, and pride in accomplishment, as well as the development of skills in an enjoyable, non-competitive atmosphere.
WCT provides a range of programs from musicals to vacation programs, and weekend workshops to afterschool projects. Below, you can see our available programs based on their types, as well as the times at which they occur. For more information about specific programs, visit our Programs page.
WCT’s Musical Series provides student performers the opportunity to gain advanced theater skills in singing, acting and dancing. Performers will benefit from the opportunity to work with a director, choreographer and music director in order to develop a fully-staged production for the public in the Charles Mosesian Theater. Please note that this is a registration, not audition, based program.
Junior Players is a companion program to our musicals. Classes are held on Monday afternoons; during the final week there are additional rehearsals. There is a parent orientation and parent volunteer component as a part of this program. In the Fall session, Junior Players rehearse and perform their own one-of-a-kind musical revue. In Winter and Spring the Junior Players perform in 3-4 scenes as part of our musical production, and participants perform in one evening and one matinee performance. Performances take place in the Charles Mosesian Theater.
Black Box Series
WCT’s Black Box Series provides student performers the opportunity to gain advanced theater skills. Performers will benefit from collaborating within a small cast to develop a fully-staged production for the public in the Black Box Theater. Please note that this is a registration, not audition, based program.
Page to Stage
In Page to Stage students will learn to collaborate, explore their creative ideas, and find their voices while utilizing various classic texts and childhood favorites. Additionally, students will build basic performance skills.
Join us on Saturday mornings for Family Jam, a time just for toddlers and their families to play with music and movement! Each week, a new performer or teaching artist will have you and your youngster singing, dancing, moving and exploring the performing arts. Sign up for a single Saturday or all five sessions!
Intensives are led by local and visiting theatre artists, and will help you keep your skills sharp or try something new!
In WildCard classes students will get to explore a new skill or aspect of theatre arts not covered in our other offerings. Students will stretch their knowledge of various aspects of performing arts, build collaborative skills, and expand their creativity.
Music and Movement
WCT Music and Movement classes focus on incorporating mind, body and character into one. Students will develop coordination & character physicalization and vocalization.
Like a Cyclorama (or Cyc) curtain enclosing the stage to create a background, WCT's CYC program serves as a basis for all technical/production work at WCT. CYC Students receive priority consideration for serving as crew members for season productions, work alongside professional designers, and receive opportunities (based on skill level) to design showcases and student productions throughout the year.
Write from the Heart
This Playwriting series focuses on the craft of script creation and development. Students will work with local playwrights and writers to put their ideas on paper and then see them brought to life onstage in WCT's One-Act and Spring Shorts Festivals.
The Performer's Toolbox
Actors must hone their art while putting it into practice in productions. Classes in The Performer’s Toolbox offer students a chance to further develop the necessary skills to create characters, convey a story, and act with confidence onstage.
Weeklong school vacation programs and two-week Summer Stage programs are a chance for students to immerse themselves in the arts. Programs generally run from 9 – 4 pm on weekdays, and may include acting, music, visual arts, scenic and costume design, theatre games, and more. Each Vacation Program has its own theme, and culminates in a final, informal presentation on the final day.
After School Residencies
Students explore theatre and visual arts in the comfort of their own school! WCT partners with Parent-Teacher Associations and school administrators to offer creative dramatics and theatre workshops as part of after-school clubs and enrichment programs.
Private Voice Program
With WCT’s Private Voice Program, students will learn techniques to strengthen their voices through weekly individual lessons. Students will acquire the skills for healthy singing with special attention paid to proper vocal technique, performance ability, and stage deportment as well as general music appreciation and awareness. The Voice Program also acts as a compliment to the Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework - Music, directly supporting the curriculum learning standards for both Singing and Reading and Notation. Students also have the opportunities to perform at recitals and various other venues.
Dinah Lane, Watertown Children's Theatre Founding Artistic Director
Since its inception in 1983, Dinah designed and taught countless classes and workshops and directed 35 musical productions for the company, including its inaugural Arsenal Center production of The Music Man in 2005. Before founding WCT, she performed in repertory, and toured as a professional actress, director, and teacher throughout the Northeast bringing classical and contemporary plays and theatre workshops to thousands of people of all ages through state Arts Council grants. She holds an MA in psychology and, after many years working as a systems therapist, currently directs the Latham Players, a musical theater company for people with Prader Willi Syndrome, based on Cape Cod.
Allison Honea, WCT Education Co-Director
Allison is an educator, director/choreographer, classically trained dancer, and performer from Atlanta, GA. She graduated at the top of her class with a BSEd in Theatre Education from Columbus State University and also holds an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Allison joined the WCT family four years ago and has had the joy of teaching hundreds of students both onsite and offsite, as well as choreographing numerous productions. In her role as the WCT Education Co-Director, she strives to foster community while inspiring confidence in youth and their ability to enact change through the arts. Her favorite past production is Chicago: School Edition.
Deidre Purcell, WCT Production Stage Manager
Deidre Purcell received her BA in Theatre Arts from Drew University, and her MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. She recently completed her MA in Counseling Psychology at Lesley University. Since beginning in 2004 as the Stage Manager for Bye Bye Birdie, she has been the stage manager, production manager, and public relations specialist for WCT at various times, as well as teaching playwriting, directing summer programs, and adapting scripts.
Kathi Tighe, Registration and Student Services Manager
Kathi has worked with WCT since 2006. In her non-WCT time, she is a self-employed studio potter working at the Harvard Ceramics Program. Her ceramic work has been represented in galleries and private collections throughout the country. She also sings with the Spectrum Singers choral ensemble and dances with Muddy River Morris dancers. In any remaining spare time, she is an avid bead crochet artist.
The WCT Council is comprised of a dedicated group of parents and community members that donate their time and efforts to make our program a success. Our most sincere gratitude for all that you do!
Jeannette Belcher-Schepis, Chair
Areti Fotis, Secretary
Dinah Lane, WCT Founding Artistic Director
Louise Harrison Lepera