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Join us before the May 5th performance of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach with some salsa dancing for kids and “kids at heart”  of all ages and abilities!

Kerry Thompson, a well-known dancer who most recently appeared as Angel Mama in WFT’s 2013 production of Pippi Longstocking, will teach us all how to salsa! Kerry has been featured in Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Harvard Gazette, and ABC’s More in Common.  Kerry, a DeafBlind artist and the Executive Director for Silent Rhythms, Inc, will teach the dance lesson in sign language.

This free workshop will take place from 1pm to 1:40pm in The Earl Center for Learning & Innovation (located just off the main lobby of the theater). Register below!

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE


WFT’s Performance Ensemble program, for students in grades 6-12, is the opportunity for teen actors to deepen their skills as theatrical storytellers. Over a 12-week  period students  further develop their actor’s tools while rehearsing for a culminating production of the musical Once On This Island Jr. on May 31 (7pm) and June 1 (3pm & 7pm).

Tickets are $10 and seating is general admission. 

ABOUT THE SHOW


With its poignant story and catchy Caribbean-flavored score, Once on This Island is a highly original theatrical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s popular fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, and the Tony-nominated Broadway musical by the legendary writing team, Ahrens and Flaherty (Ragtime, Seussical).

Through almost non-stop song and dance, this full-hearted musical tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest that will test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and even death.

THE CAST

Ti Moune – Mikah Cassidy
Daniel Beauxhomme – Iain Yarbrough
Asaka – Danielle Barnes
Erzulie – Artemis Wheelock
Papa Ge  – Liann Gregory
Agwe – Maxwell Seelig
Tonton Julian – Travis Ambroise
Mama Euralie – Kennedy Campbell
Gatekeeper – Will Palmucci
Daniel’s Father – David Katz
Andrea – Paige Naumnik
Storytellers – Katie Gustafson, Lily Park, Griffin Long-Sinnott, Bryan Baumer, Dhruva Ram, Olivia Belleville, Delaney Walkes,  Jackson Daley
Grands Hommes/Gossipers – Will Palmucci, Nadine Johnson, Maggie Reichgott, Ananda Geller
Villagers – Keza Mitala, Allison Eunis, Leo Ruckenstein, Isabelle Assaf

THE PRODUCTION TEAM

Director – Jeri Hammond
Musical Director – Nathan Urdangen
Choreographers – Dwayne P. Mitchell & Yewande Odetoyinbo
Stage Manager – Alyse Clinton
Costume Designer – Brittany Meehan
Lighting Designer – Neil Gustafson

ABOUT THE TEEN CABARET


WFT@BU’s Teen Cabaret is a student led, directed, managed, and acted full length cabaret performance of show tunes selected specifically for the performers. The proceeds from this performance will go to the WFT@BU’s scholarship fund. The scholarship fund makes sure any young person can take classes in the arts which help build creativity, confidence, critical thinking, focus, and collaboration. In Wheelock Family Theatre’s almost 40 year history, no person has ever been denied acceptance into any class due to inability to pay.

All the songs surround the theme: “relationships”. We strongly believe this theme represents WFT@BU’s commitment to creating art that establishes and strengthens relationships that cross generations, gender, race, religion, sexuality, and all other identifiers. It is because of WFT@BU that teens want to create their own performance that celebrates the community WFT@BU has created, a community that cultivates and bolsters relationships.


The final performance will take place on Wednesday, June 5 at 8pm. There is no cost to reserve seats but a suggested donation of $20 will be accepted at the door.

THE CAST


Olivia Belleville, Hadley Connor, Max Connor, Anya Edwards, Katherine Gustafson, Miranda Joyce, Griffin Long-Sinnott, Jasper Milstein, Maeve Pleuler, Christopher Raney, Maggie Reichgott, Maxwell Seelig, Jennifer Small, Millie Teague, Aingea Venuto, JQ Welch, Artemis Wheelock, Audrey Wherry, Bethany Willcox, Iain Yarbrough

THE PRODUCTION TEAM


Director – Aingea Venuto
Dramaturg/Stage Manager – Maxwell Seelig
Choreographer – Artemis Wheelock Wood
Technical Director – Katherine Gustafson
Musical Director – Nathan Urdangen