The 260 seat Waukesha Civic Theatre (WCT) will be home to a production of Billy Elliot The Musical (BETM), with a preview on October 25th and more performances from October 26 to November 11, 2018.
The Waukesha Civic Theatre has undergone many positive changes from its beginnings in 1957 with its first productions at Waukesha High School. In 1962 the theatre purchased a former church on Washington Street and converted that building into its home until 1999.
In the fall of that year, WCT moved to a beautiful new facility in the heart of historic downtown Waukesha. The building, formerly the historic PIX movie house, was donated to WCT by Bryce and Anne Styza. But renovations were needed to convert the building into a live theatre venue. So WCT raised nearly $2 million through the Live At The PIX Campaign, and construction began in 1998.
Theatre arts education has been a part of WCT’s culture since 1957. Currently WCT offers year round classes in multiple disciplines for all ages through their Academy at Civic Theatre, including many outreach opportunities.
Since the theatre opened in 1957 WCT has produced or presented more than 650 shows, over 14,000 people have volunteered, 450,000 audience members have been entertained, and more than 15,000 students have been served via the group’s various educational initiatives.
In addition to BETM, the 2018/19 mainstage season at the Waukesha Civic Theatre will include The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Candy Cane Tales And Holiday Carols, The Underpants, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Giver, and Why Bump Off Barnaby?
The WCT production of BETM will feature a 34 member cast led by a newcomer in the role of Billy – Ryan Vanselow.
Here’s some video footage showing the cast preparing to open the show:
To see a complete listing of the rest of the Waukesha Civic Theatre cast, just click on the Cast Information button.
Credit: Article Title Photo by Lori Vanselow