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Summer 2024!

WRCT 50 years

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Summer 2024 Youth Production:



Disney's Newsies JR. is a 60-minute version of the 2012 Broadway musical, based on the 1992 film. Inspired by the rousing true story of newsboys in turn-of-the-century New York City, Newsies JR. features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein.


When powerful newspaper publishers raise prices at the newsboys' expense, the charismatic Jack Kelly rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions. Together, the newsies learn that they are stronger united and create a movement to fight for what's right.


Including the now-classic songs "Carrying the Banner," "Seize the Day," and "Santa Fe," Newsies JR. is a timeless story full of spirit and heart.

Gretchen Powers
Sue Becker

Gretchen Powers

WRCT Executive Director

and Director of Newsies Jr.

Sue Becker

Musical Director 
of Newsies Jr.

Extra, Extra, Read all about it!


We had a record breaking turnout for auditions this year! There were so many kids ranging from early  elementary school to high school. We are proud to say we could have cast this show in many different combinations, but the list below is what is best for the overall vision of the whole show.


Thank you to everyone who gave it their all, sang their hearts out, and showed us your dance moves. Every part is important no matter what you are! The ensemble is broken down in a general list but it is likely that kids will be split up and put in a few other dance numbers to give ample stage time. This will be determined at rehearsals based on the need for the number of kids in that piece.

Mandatory Parent Meeting: Tuesday May 14th at 5:30PM with the read through to follow.

If you can’t make, please arrange with the directors to meet and sign code of conduct forms and go over expectations etc. Every parent needs to sign for their children. It cannot be done by the child even if they are a senior.

Performance dates: July 11th through July 13th


Jack -  Austin Franz

Davey - Jackson Dewitt

Katherine - Cami Errami

Medda - Phoebe Lager

Snyder - Charlie Shaw

Crutchie - Amethyst Smith

Race  -Dayde Tebo

Les - Dexter Dewitt

Albert - Michael Straub-Robinson

Buttons - Zoey Kandler

Hazel - Mia Dhein

Jojo - Layla Silber

Muriel - Katherine Duerr

Nancy - Delayna Zvolena

Pigtails - Abigail Barnett

Romeo - Lexi Heinrich

Specs - Harry Ruesch

Tommy Boy - Aaron Jacoby (plus Bill)

Scab 1 - (Higher Class newsies)-Sawyer Lawry

Scab 2 - Roland Keen

Scab 3 - Finley Myszka

Morris Delancy - Malaki Graf

Oscar Delancy - Jason Doebereiner

Darcy - Julia Doebereiner (plus Brooklyn Newsie)

Wiesel - Corbin Kandler

Pulitzer - Coen Swanson

Bunsen - Liam Krause

Seitz - Peter Swanson

Hannah - Elizabeth Wettern

Pat - Lillie Torke (plus newsie)

Spot Conlon - Trinity Peckham (plus Police Chief)

Dorothy - Carol Korte (plus Newsie)

Governor Roosevelt - Ellery Shaw (plus Newsie)


Newsie -  Drucilla Straub-Robinson

Newsie - Daenerys Rowan

Newsie - Isaac Lager

Newsie - Marilyn Gildenzopf

Newsie - Khayla Peckham (plus Police)

Newsie - Olivia Gomez

Newsie - Sidney Kruzitski

Newsie - Brooke Michels

Ada/Bowery Brigade Girls - Kyree McMahon

Ethel/Bowery Brigade - Kylee Michels

Olive/Bowery Brigade - Max Olson

Bowery Brigade Girls - Theophanie Cepanica

Bowery Brigade - Shaylee Baltire

Bowery Brigade - Kaydence Felch

Bowery Brigade - Emma Web

Bowery Brigrade - Caelan Wettern

Brooklyn Newsie - Mikayla Addis

Brooklyn Newsie - Norah King

Brooklyn Newsie - Kinzie Olinyk

Brooklyn Newsie - Aryanna DeVivo

Brooklyn Newsie - Espen McMahon

Brooklyn Newsie - Ryker Schultz

Brooklyn Newsie - Emily Mason

Brooklyn Newsie - Christopher Mclean

Brooklyn Newsie - Jordan Krotzman Police

Working Children - Clara Steckler

Working Children - Lilyanna Ryszka

Working Children - Charlene Straub Robinson

Working Children - Kylee Gomez

Working Children - Uriah Aguilar

Working Children - Daenerys Aguilar

Working Children- Aybree Michels

Working Children - John Dusterdeck

Working Children - Lullaby Stearns

Working Children - Lexie Schmidt

Summer 2024 HOPO Production:

It's a Madhouse


Best-selling mystery author Byron Pembroke is dead.  Soon after, his highly dysfunctional family gathers on a dark and stormy evening for the reading of the will.  Each family member has their own reason to believe they’ll receive the bulk of Byron’s estate, but the family soon finds out that the deceased didn’t think much of them.  Instead of naming an heir, Byron instead condensed his fortune into one mysterious object and left it to...  whoever finds it first! 

Before greedy family members are able to put together individual plans of their own, the mansion is overrun by a horde of strangers seeking shelter from the storm.  And once the strangers find out about the hidden treasure, they soon join in the hunt.

Who will find the treasure first?  Byron’s spoiled, self-serving family members?  The bickering trio of ghost hunters?  The nosy news team?  Or the busload of obnoxious tourists?  Loaded with small parts and several small-cast, comical vignettes, this madcap mystery gives every actor a chance to be part of the madness!

Director's Showcase Production:


This spring/summer we will be doing a special workshop that will introduce children to Shakespeare! (Without the complexities of the Shakespeare language.)


We will practice throughout spring/early summer and put on outdoor performances as determined by participants availability.

This is a limited group that will require pre registration until we are full. To sign up, please email and you will be sent a sign up sheet and information regarding rehearsals and performances.

Girl loves boy.  Boy loves girl.  Dad hates boy, but wants daughter to be with another...  who someone else loves.  Magical forest.  Crazy actors.  Ridiculous fairies.  Mixed-up love potions.  A donkey’s head. 

We’ve all read multiple adaptations of Shakespeare’s most famous comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  But none captures the mischievous fun, spirit, and storyline quite like this one — in less than an hour! 

This sparkling adaptation is the perfect hybrid, with the play feeling timeless, yet having modern references to things in today’s world, like cell phones, Uber, and cute shoes.  Likewise, the names of the characters are true to Shakespeare’s classic, yet the language is contemporary...  with just a few original monologues to heighten the educational value of this play.  It will be a dream come true as you help young actors and audiences discover — and understand — the delight of Shakespeare’s most popular comedy!

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