Wilton Children’s Theater (WCT) is an independent not-for-profit 501©3 organization providing the children of Wilton, Connecticut with a quality theatrical experience compared to none. Founded in 1976 with the support of the Wilton Playshop, WCT children develops acting skills, stage presence, and self-esteem in a nurturing, enriching and creative environment. Since our inception, WCT has grown to include four programs scheduled throughout the calendar year.
We offer two ten-week productions during the school-year for children
between grades 4th & 8th
September-November (Fall production)
January-March (Winter Production)
Registration for both productions are held the first week of school at the end of August. Each production schedule requires participants to attend three two-hour after-school rehearsals per week culminating in three performances. Enrollment is limited to 55 children per production.
All children involved in the program must be Wilton residents regardless of the school they attend.
If more children register than can be accommodated by the program, a lottery is held. The lottery is a random selection of cast members designed to provide an even distribution of children by grade and gender.
The program is open to children entering grades 7-10, and the program fee is $500. Registration (online or via mail) is open through April 1st. The program will run from June 22nd through July 14th, from 9am to 3pm on weekdays, with auditions on June 22nd and 23rd, and performances on Thursday July 13th and Friday July 14th. The show accommodates 55 cast members. If there are more enrollees than 55 on April 1st, a lottery will be held to determine who is enrolled. Other registrants may be placed on a wait list. If there are open slots, additional registrants will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the Program starts.
The program is open to children entering grades 3-6, and the program fee is $450. Registration (online or via mail) is open through April 1st. The program runs on weekdays from June 26th through July 14th, with a performance on July 14th. The show will accommodate up to 30 cast members. The Program generally is a morning Program, from 8:45am to 11:45am. If there are sufficient registrants, WCT will provide a second session of the program in the afternoon (from 12:15pm to 3:15 pm). When registering, participants will indicate preference for morning or afternoon session, in the event that an afternoon session is offered.
On April 1st, when registration closes, the following will occur – 1) WCT will determine if two sessions are to be offered, 2) if there are more registrants than can be accommodated by two sessions, a lottery will be held to determine who may participate, 3) if there are two sessions, participants will be allocated to each session based on preference. If there are more participants expressing preference for a session (morning or afternoon) than the session can accommodate, a lottery will be held to determine who will receive their preferred session. Other registrants maybe placed on a Wait List. If there are open slots (in either session), additional registrants will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the Program starts.
WCT hires professional directors, musical directors, choreographers, set, lighting and sound designers for all productions. Our experienced professional staff brings out the most in every child, no matter what size their role in the production.
WCT provides scholarship/financial assistance on a case-by-case basis.
WCT provides internship opportunities to cast alumni. High school volunteers contribute much needed assistance for productions while gaining knowledge of theater craft, directing, lighting, and choreography. Students with a continuing concentration and study in theater return after high school and college as paid professionals in a position of their expertise.
Wilton Children’s Theater was recognized by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce in 2011 for an “I Love Wilton” Award for outstanding service to the community.