2014-2015 Season

Welcome to Wheelock Family Theatre's 34th season!

Wheelock Family Theatre is a professional, non-profit theatre associated with Actors' Equity, the union of professional actors and stage managers. Located on the campus of Wheelock College in Boston's historic Fenway neighborhood, Wheelock Family Theatre seeks to improve the lives of children and families through the shared experience of live theatre.




October 17 – November 16, 2014

Friday nights at 7:30, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 3:00

ASL/Audio Description dates: Friday November 14 at 7:30 and Sunday November 16 at 3:00

All public performances offer open captioning

School day performances at 10:30am: October 22, October 28, November 13.

A new musical written and directed by Andrew Barbato

Based on the books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Alice through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.

Musical Director: Robert L. Rucinski. Composer: Lesley DeSantis and Andrew Barbato. Orchestration: Douglas Makuta. Scenic design: Matthew T. Lazure. Lighting design: Scott Clyve. Costume design: Lisa Simpson. Choreographer: Laura Graczyk.

This new adaptation sends us on a fantastical coming of age adventure. Alice, relying on her wit and empathy, must negotiate the seemingly arbitrary rules of polite society; the tea parties, the poetry recitals, the croquet matches, and the important dates with royalty. In this distorted adult world of Wonderland, will Alice retain her dreams when pressured by the capricious nature of conformity?

Recommended for adults, teens, and children 6+.



January 30 – February 22, 2015

Friday nights at 7:30, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 3:00

ASL/Audio Description dates: Friday February 20 at 1:00 and Sunday February 22 at 3:00

School vacation week matinees at 1:00 (Tuesday February 17 – Friday February 20; there is no evening performance on February 20)

School day performances at 10:30am: February 4, February 10 and February 12

All public performances offer open captioning

Based on the book The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Colladi

Written by Steven Bogart and Wendy Lement

Directed by Steven Bogart

Musical director/Composer: Mary Bichner. Scenic design: Cristina Todesco. Lighting Design: David Wilson. Costume design: Miranda Hoffman. Choreographer: Patricia Manalo Bochnak. Sound design: Roger Moore. Props & Puppet design: Marjorie Lusignan. Puppet Coach: Roxanna Myhrum in collaboration with Puppet Showplace Theatre.

An original adaption, influenced by Japanese traditions of Kabuki, Noh, and Bunraku puppetry, Pinocchio will surprise and delight audiences of all ages. Mystical creatures, live musicians, and gymnastic choreography make the magical transformation of an animated puppet to a real boy, a dynamic and deeply moving experience. Despite being lured away from his loving home by promises of instant fame, fast money, and a life of fun and leisure, the impetuous Pinocchio must learn what is truly important in life.

Recommended for adults, teens, and children 7+.

The Taste of Sunrise


March 13 - 22, 2015

Friday nights at 7:30; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00

School day performances at 10:30: March 18, March 19

All public performances offer open captioning

Directed by Wendy Lement and Kristin Johnson.

Written by Suzan L. Zeder

PART TWO OF THE WARE TRILOGY, produced with Emerson Stage (Mother Hicks; February 2015) and Central Square Theatre (The Edge of Peace, April 2015)

Composer: Peter Stewart. Choreographer: Patricia Manalo Bochnak. Scenic design: Janie Howland. Lighting design: Annie Weigand. Costume design: Lisa Simpson.

This bilingual play—performed in American Sign Language and spoken English—is the second play in Zeder’s critically acclaimed Ware Trilogy; which will be produced in its entirety in collaboration with Emerson Stage and Central Square Theatre.  The Taste of Sunrise takes place in the mind and memory of Tuc, who journeys through his childhood from the fever dream that took his hearing, to the language of nature that he shares with his father, to the deaf school where his mind explodes with the discovery of sign language. Tuc meets the mysterious Nell Hicks, who heals with herbs and singing spells; Roscoe, who gives Tuc his name-sign and cultural identity; and Maizie, a wild child of deaf parents with a head full of movie palace dreams. After the death of his father, Tuc navigates the perilous path of love, loss, and language to weave a family out of wishes. An ensemble of Deaf and hearing directors, designers, and actors explore the cultural complexities of deafness with humor and compassion.

Recommended for adults, teens, and children 9+.

Shrek the Musical


April 17 - May 24, 2015

Friday nights at 7:30; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00

All public performances offer open captioning

Directed by Shelley Bolman

Original production directed by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford.

Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay Abaire. Music by Jeanine Tesori. Based on the Dreamworks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig. Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions.

Musical director: Matthew Stern. Scenic design: Matthew T. Lazure. Lighting design: Scott Bolman. Costume design: Charles G. Baldwin. Props and Puppet Design: Marjorie Lusignan. Choreographer: Patricia Manalo Bochnak. Puppet Coach: Roxanna Myhrum in collaboration with Puppet Showplace Theatre.

The 2008 Broadway smash about a horrible ogre, a feisty princess and a garrulous donkey,  Shrek the Musical simultaneously subverts and fulfills fairy-tale expectations. With wit and a mischievous humor, we follow our misanthropic, green hero as he learns about the power of friendship and the magical nature of love; all while thwarting a dastardly villain. Based on the irreverent book by William Steig and the award-winning animated film by DreamWorks, this singing, dancing extravaganza explores the relative nature of beauty, the beguiling myth of “happily-ever-after”, and the importance of accepting yourself for who you really are.

SHREK THE MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 - Phone: 212-541-4684 - Fax: 212-397-4684 - www.MTIShows.com

Recommended for adults, teens, and children 8+.

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My daughter and I enjoyed the performance tremendously. It was a wonderful show and we truly enjoyed coming back to WFT, a place that my mom originally introduced to me before I became a Wheelock student in 1982. It brought back many wonderful memories of theatre experiences that I shared with my mom in my younger years. Now that my mom is no longer here, I was thrilled to be able to bring my own child and share a great, quality theatre experience with her. This is a great tradition that I will carry forward to honor and remember my mom. So thank you!  

- Faye


I cannot thank you enough for being here—it’s the one place I can regularly come with my family to see outstanding acting and extraordinary productions at an affordable price. 

– audience member