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History

One of our strategic principles states that, “we consider WRT to be an integral part of the community of Wakefield.” In order to live up to that principle, we need to regularly communicate with the community – not just about what we’re doing, but also about how and why.

To quote a lyric from our 1991 inaugural production, “Let’s start at the very beginning... a very good place to start.” WRT was founded in late-1990 under the umbrella of Wakefield’s Continuing Education program by Tom Merchant, the Community Ed coordinator, and Ron Chibaro, who was then the WHS drama director. The organization was later incorporated as a non-profit entity, and today is governed by an Executive Board, which also operates through special – purpose committees, such as Playreading and Staffing.

Our first theatrical production, The Sound of Music, opened in January 1991, in the gym at the Greenwood School. This began the annual tradition of our winter mainstage musical, which since 1993 has been presented at the Galvin Auditorium. Our winter musicals to date remain perhaps our most visible presence in the community, but WRT has staged numerous theatrical productions, not including our many original and creative events produced as fundraisers: cabaret evenings, murder mysteries, haunted hayrides, and others.

Roughly three quarters of our productions have been musicals, usually with full orchestra, although we have also produced a dozen straight plays, including both dramas and comedies. In addition to full company productions, roughly half of our shows have been youth theatre productions – where all performers are students. These have largely been geared toward elementary and middle school students, with a handful of summer shows reserved entirely for high school and college students.


2016

The Wizard of OZ

2015

Chicago
Seussical
Sweeny Todd

2014

Into The Woods
Peter Pan
The Drowsy Chaperone

2013

Meet Me In St. Louis
Annie
Lucky Stiff
Nunsense

2012

Bye Bye Birdie
The Prince And The Pauper
Once Upon A Mattress

2011

Little Women - The Musical
Disney’s My Son Pinocchio

2010

Once on this Island
Evita
Alice In Wonderland

2009

Oklahoma
WRYT’s Willy Wonka
She Loves Me!

2008

The Secret Garden
WRYT’s The Wizard of Oz
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap

2007

Seussical the Musical
Steel Magnolias
Peter Pan
Little Shop of Horrors

2006

Cabaret
Our Town
Ellis Island – The American Dream
Children of Eden

2005

The Sound of Music
A Murder Is Announced
The Hobbit
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

2004

Annie
You Can’t Take It With You
Pinocchio

2003

Christmas Cabaret
Cinderella
Play it Again Sam

2002

How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying

2001

Brigadoon
Alice in Wonderland
Lost In Yonkers

2000

Ben Franklin in Paris

1999

Fiddler on the Roof
Equus
Dreamscapes
Meet Me in St. Louis
The Prince & the Pauper

1998

Carousel
Little Mary Sunshine
King of Hearts
Lion in Winter
Peter Pan

1997

Mame
Godspell
All the Way Home
Sleeping Beauty
Romeo and Juliet

1996

Little Women
Kismet
Good News
Amadeus
Oliver
Good Morning Miss Dove

1995

Camelot
Cinderella
Two By Two
All My Sons
Wizard of Oz

1994

Oklahoma!
Our Town
Snow Queen
A Christmas Carol

1993

My Fair Lady
Fifth of July
Alice in Wonderland

1992

Man of LaMancha
Into the Woods
Tom Sawyer

1991

Sound of Music