Cramer’s Corner: Gypsy, Miscast, And More Gems In Our 60th Anniversary Season!

Happy Birthday To Us! WCT is 60 years old this season, and we are celebrating.  The first mainstage show of our 60th season, Gypsy, runs through October 2nd! Considered by many to be one of the greatest American musicals ever written, the show features a score by Jules Syne and Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents.  The songs in the show read like a top ten list of all-time greatest songs EVER!  “Together Wherever We Go,” “Some People,” “Small World,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “You Gotta Get A Gimmick,” “All I Need Is The Girl,” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses!”  And of course, “Rose’s Turn” at the end of the show is possibly the greatest musical theatre moment ever created.  We have a cast of 25 talented community members that are bringing this story to life with incredible vim and verve.  You don’t want to miss this show!

As part of our celebration, my wife Kelli, is playing Rose, and I am playing Herbie.  Kelli and I haven’t been on stage together since we did I Do! I Do! ten years ago.  You never know when we will be on stage together again so don’t miss this chance to see us.  I can’t say enough about Kelli’s interpretation of this incredible woman.  Kelli had a very successful career when we lived in Chicago, playing a multitude of show stopping roles, and earning a Joseph Jefferson Award for her portrayal of the title character in Annie Get Your Gun.  Locally she has played Patsy Cline in several different productions, including the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Oconomowoc Arts Center, the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center, and of course right here at WCT.  I realize that I may be a little biased, but her version of Rose rivals the great women who have played her for the past half century.

Our current featured artist in the Waukesha State Bank Art Gallery in our lobby is Michael Karl. Check him out on Facebook: MichaelKarlEncausticArtist

Right Singer, Wrong Song! Miscast is a one night only cabaret on September 22 at 7:30 pm. Come check out a night of showtunes performed by WCT singers who would never be cast in those roles.  For instance a young girl singing “If I Were A Rich Man” from Fiddler On The Roof, or a young man singing “And I Am Telling You” from Dreamgirls. Click here to get your tickets.

Our 60th Season is on sale now.  Subscription packages for the Mainstage shows, and individual tickets for everything can be purchased now.  Please join us for another great season of entertainment!

I am thrilled to announce that we are now participating in Thrivent Choice, a member-advised charitable grant program of Thrivent Financial.  Eligible members of Thrivent Choice can recommend that WCT is a recipient of Thrivent grant funds.

I also want to remind everyone who shops on (and who doesn’t) to go through Amazon Smile and select WCT as your charity.  Every purchase through Amazon Smile (which is the same as Amazon) qualifies for a donation to the chosen organization.  You can really help us just by buying what you buy anyway!

Our Mainstage season includes:


To Kill A Mockingbird

For Purely Elfish Reasons

Blithe Spirit

33 Variations

The Drowsy Chaperone

Barefoot In The Park

Our Random Acts Of Entertainment and Education And Outreach Shows include:


ACAP PlayMakers’ Show Of Shows III

Illusions In The Night

A Night Of Comedy With Fred Klett

ExFabula Story Slam

I Got Yule, Babe

Elvis: The Legend Lives On

A.C.T. Combat Boot Camp

Xanadu JR.

A.C.T. Live!

My Funny Valentine

2017 Gala: A Festival Of Fools

Snow White And The Magnificent Seven

Broadway Bound Showcase


A.C.T. June Summer Showcase

So many gems it’s dazzling and spectacular!  I hope you’ll join us all season long. Thank you to all of the generous donors that have supported us so far this season.  If you would like to donate, you can choose from any number of ways you could help us not only maintain, but thrive, as Waukesha’s Cultural Cornerstone.

Please Consider Giving …

* A gift to our Operating Fund

* A gift to our Spotlight On The Future Capital Campaign

* A matching gift through local sponsoring business employers

* A gift that will last a lifetime through your Will or Estate Planning

* A gift by donation to CARS

* A gift by shopping through Amazon Smile

* A gift by purchasing something on our Amazon Wish List

* Choose WCT as your Thrivent Choice charitable organization

* Become a Sponsor of outstanding performances and educational programs

Cramer John 2006I’ll see you at the Theatre!

John Cramer

Managing Artistic Director

262-547-4911 ext. 13 office


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