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WRCT 50 years
AACT
WRCT is a proud member of the 
American Association of Community Theatre

WRCT's Mission 

Encourage community collaboration and well-being through the Performing Arts

WRCT's Vision 

Engage our community by providing sell-out quality productions

WRCT has been around since 1975

about wrct

Originally named the Community Company of Players, WRCT was formed in 1975 by a dedicated group of volunteers in partnership with McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids. WRCT performed in the library’s theater for more than 30 years, dreaming of our own facility. In 2008, with the essential help of community members and businesses, we were able to make the dream a reality by renovating an old warehouse into a beautiful theatre in downtown Wisconsin Rapids.

 

WRCT is a non-professional community theatre, utilizing local talent throughout the entire production process. We value inclusiveness, learning, risk-taking, and respect for all involved. WRCT is run by one full-time staff member who reports to the board of directors. Read about how we do it.

Our fiscal year runs from July 1–June 30. We are a year-round business with schedules that includes: four main stage productions, three youth productions, Silver Foxes senior theatre productions, fundraising events, and small productions in the Lois Cantin Studio Theatre.

The WRCT space is leased from the City of Wisconsin Rapids and Legacy Foundation. We partner with many other organizations within the community and are proud to be involved, responsible citizens. We owe our longevity and success to the commitment of patrons, business supporters, and volunteers who continue to believe in the benefits of community theatre.

James Malouf Reading Lines

An Actor Prepares

James Malouf readies to perform.

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Scared yet?

Mark Vicker gets in the creepy mood for a Haunted House.

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The  Lois Cantin Studio Theatre

We use our intimate theatre setting for Silver Fox Productions, and other smaller shows.

Linda Garski directing Dearly Departed

Final Notes

Director Linda Garski provides notes during a final rehearsal.

Deb and Jordan

Cast Fun

Deb Ciszewski and Jordan Haumschield chat before a show.

Our Theatre Angels

Gilbert and Jaylee Mead

Gilbert and Jaylee Mead

The Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre would not be a reality without Gilbert and Jaylee Mead, longstanding philanthropists in the Central Wisconsin region.  The Meads donated $600,000 in matched funds toward our new home and helped with the fundraising for the other half of the $1.2 million needed for the new venue.

The Ottos

Earl and Corinne Otto

The generosity of the Ottos changed the landscape of arts organizations in Wisconsin Rapids. Corinne Otto was the first to donate $100,000 (anonymously) to the WRCT Capital Campaign. Prior to her death in 2007, she established the Earl L. and Corrine A. Otto Community Theatre Endowment Trust, a trust that allows us to continue our productions and programming for which we are humbled and grateful.

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