Wakefield Repertory Youth Theatre (WRYT) is a six-week theater program devoted to teaching children about theater from on stage singing, dancing and acting to the behind the scenes magic of set design, lighting and costuming while putting together a spectacular musical theater production.
With a staff featuring many educators and theatrical professionals, WRYT strives to create a supportive environment that welcomes all into the WRYT family. Many of our staff have gone through the program themselves and know first hand what a life-changing experience this program can be.
The program is open to students entering grades 5 through 9. All students are encouraged to audition. No prior theater experience or preparation is necessary. Any student who auditions and wishes to participate in the production will be cast. Casting decisions are based on talent, regardless of age, gender or previous participation in the program.
The program generally runs from the last week of June until the production goes up the second weekend in August. In general, hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 2:00pm, except during the last two weeks where additional weekend hours are to be expected. For the past seven seasons, the programs daily rehearsals, day activities and performances have been held at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School. In addition to rehearsing the show, the students will participate in group warm-up activities, games and workshops.
WRYT is also an award-winning program with several EMACT DASH award nominations as well as a recent win for Stage Management.
WRYT has a long and illustrious history of fabulous children’s theatre. Past productions of Peter Pan, Annie, My Son Pinocchio, Willy Wonka and The Wizard of OZ have begun to build a strong theatrical foundation for area youths with an appreciation & interest in the arts. We’ve seen our casts soar to great heights and come together to create theatre- yet at the end of the day we are most proud of the family that WRYT has become and the legacy and impact that this program has on the community and it’s students.