Letter from the WCT President

January 5, 2019

Dear patrons,
  This year marks our 50th anniversary here at Walpole Children's Theatre. I would like to take a moment to thank all of you for your support over the years. We at W.C.T. strive to provide quality, affordable family entertainment for the community, and theatrical education for the children who participate in our productions. You, the audience, have allowed us to do just that for the last half century, and for that we are truly grateful!
   W.C.T. is an all volunteer, non-profit organization. The many people who work so hard to bring our productions to the stage do so because they believe in what we do, and they contribute their amazing talents out of the goodness of their own hearts. 
   Unlike similar groups, we do not charge the kids who perform in our shows. We feel strongly that ability to pay shouldn't be a factor in whether or not a child is able to participate in W.C.T.
   The majority of the funds we need to operate come directly from ticket sales. Over the years, we have tried to keep our shows as affordable as possible. Unfortunately, our expenses, like everyone else's, continue to increase year after year, and this season we find it necessary to increase our ticket prices for the first time in a decade. This small increase will help us bring our income in line with our expenses, and hopefully help us to operate for the next 50 years, and beyond!  Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
Paul MacPhee
President, Walpole Children's Theatre

Walpole Children’s Theatre is a specialized group with the sole intention to educate, enlighten, and entertain youths in the local community.  It was originally founded in 1969 by a group headed by Robert Cheeseborough, an Emerson College student.  The first production consisted of two one-act plays performed at Footlighters Playhouse and Bird Park, both located in Walpole.  Throughout the years, WCT has continued to develop and to provide an excellent opportunity for children to learn about the theater arts.


In 1992, several WCT members filed to incorporate the group as a non-profit organization.  The intent was to preserve the tradition of children’s theater within the community.  WCT continued to provide youths with a rich, well-rounded theatrical experience.  They learned about “behind the scene” elements, such as lighting and stage make-up.  Since then, WCT has continued to grow and its staff of volunteers has become a family like no other.  Most of the volunteers are former WCT members who have grown up with the group and continue to be involved.  This is their way of giving back to WCT for all that they received from the experience.

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