ACT Productions

The Music Man JR.

Performance Dates: July 27th – August 5th, 2018

Rehearsals/Classes Begin Monday, June 11th

A full rehearsal calendar can be downloaded here. Rehearsals are subject to change.


Registration will open January 15, 2018

Tuition for this class is $150

ACT Productions gives students the opportunity to experience the fun and excitement of participating in a Mainstage show at WCT. Each student participating in this program is guaranteed a role in the production. However, they will still get the invaluable experience of going through an audition process to determine which role they will have. They will also attend theater classes designed to develop and strengthen their core stage skills as they approach the audition date. We want every student to feel confident and excited about their audition opportunity.

Once casting is done, the rehearsal process begins! Students will go through the full rehearsal process and gain a better understanding and appreciation of everything that goes into a mainstage production.

But ACT Productions isn’t just for the students. This is a family affair! The families of participating students will be expected to contribute volunteer hours to the program. We know that schedules get busy, but finding time to volunteer and be a part of what these students are doing is truly a rewarding experience for everyone involved. Volunteer opportunities can include:

  • Ushering

  • Program Design

  • Backstage Supervising

  • Costumes/Props/Set Building and Painting

  • Closing Performance Cast Party

ACT Productions is about so much more than putting on a show. It’s about giving these kids (and their families!) a fun-filled, learning experience that they will remember the rest of their lives. We sincerely hope you can join us for the upcoming ACT Productions program and see for yourself what all the fun is about.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact:
Doug Jarecki
WCT Education and Outreach Administrator
(262) 547-4911 x21

About The Music Man JR.

There’s trouble in River City, Iowa, when Harold Hill appears. His plan is to start a town band – but he’s faked his credentials and instead of scamming the town, falls head over heels for the local librarian. A.C.T. Productions is proud to present this classic musical, performed by students aged 6-18.

The show will be directed by Shannon Messplay. Gwen Ter Haar will direct music, and Courtney Messplay will choreograph.

There will be two casts. The Trombone Cast will perform July 25-27, and the Cornet Cast will perform August 3-5. Tech crew will be made up of some members of the other cast, and some students may be cast with both groups, depending on auditions.

If your student is able to participate in one weekend but not the other, please let the directors know at the first rehearsal meeting

How To Register:

Online-Phone-Fax-In person-Mail

To register online, please follow the “Register Now” link above.

BUSINESS OFFICE: 262.547.4911
BOX OFFICE: 262.547.0708
FAX: 262.547.8454

BUSINESS OFFICE is open Tuesday-Friday from Noon to 5:00 PM.

BOX OFFICE is open from Noon to 5:00 PM Tuesday – Friday, Noon through intermission on show Fridays, and two hours before curtain through intermission on show weekends. On weekdays, access to the building is through the Main Street entrance only.

* Regular Business Office and Box Office hours are subject to change due to holidays and all major WCT events.

Class Registrations

WCT staff will be available to answer your questions and requests during the hours listed above. In-person registrations can be purchased using cash, credit card, or by check. Phone and online registrations must be purchased using a credit card. Mail order sales must be purchased using a credit card or by check. Credit cards accepted are Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.  

Financial Aid

Waukesha Civic Theatre maintains a strong commitment to making our ACT program accessible to all students-regardless of financial circumstances. Need-based financial aid is available to any student. Download out our Financial Assistance Registration Form HERE.

Acting Adventures

Each class is a new adventure! Through fun games and creative exercises, students will embark on a fun-filled romp through the world of their own imaginations. From police officers to pirates to panda bears, each week will bring new characters and new surprises. A great introduction to the world of theatre, so join in the fun!

Acting Up

Experience the thrill of being an actor as you engage in character, voice, and movement exercises to prepare for your performance of a scripted scene.

Imcredible Improv

Learn the hilarious art of improvisation and what it can do for you. Experience levels do not matter! If you are looking to develop some new skills, sharpen the ones you already have, or just get out of a rut and meet some fun, new people, this class can help you. Through fun and interactive games, you will develop listening and communication skills, the ability to think more quickly on your feet, and a lot of self-confidence. Join the fun now!

Lights! Camera! Action!

Firsthand filmmaking fun! Memorize and perform original scripts in one hilarious and intense week. Be a part of this outrageous WCT tradition! Students will receive a dvd copy of the work the day of the screening for family and friends.

Audition Technique

This is a great tool for the serious young actor. Everything from the basics of audition etiquette to monologue selection to the different types of auditions you may encounter. Students will memorize and perform a short monologue for the final class.

Behind the Scenes

How do they do it? How does everything come together on stage for a show? Get the answers here as students learn all of the elements that go into producing a show. From lighting to sound to make-up to set design, discover how many offstage efforts go into making the magic happen onstage.

Brush Up Your Shakespeare

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Using text from Shakespeare, students will learn to use rhythm and word to create a memorable, driven character. Though the class will cover much of Shakespeare’s work, the primary focus will be on Twelfth Night. Students will perform a short scene on the final day of class.


Students will create their very own character as they memorize and perform an original script featuring their character creations.

Dance Fever

Put on your dancing shoes for these two weeks to express and challenge yourself through the art of dance.

Incredible Improv

Learning how to improvise is a great way to develop stronger communication, listening, and performing skills. And it’s a lot of fun, too!

Incredible Improv 1

Learn the hilarious art of improvisation through fun games and outrageous scenes. Students will develop and strengthen their own self-confidence, communication skills and social skills... and laugh a lot, too. No experience is needed, just a willingness to have fun.

Incredible Improv 2

Take the next hilarious step in improvisation with this advanced class. Students will continue to develop stronger listening and communication skills while challenging themselves with more complex and difficult games. Previous improvisation experience is required.

Lights! Camera! Action!

Firsthand filmmaking fun! Memorize and perform original scripts in one hilarious and intense week. Be a part of this outrageous WCT tradition! Students will receive a dvd copy of the work the day of the screening for family and friends.

Make A Play

The students are in charge! This class will give students a taste of the entire show development process as they write the script, create the characters and storyline, and eventually stage and perform their final work. An outstanding opportunity to collaborate with other creative people.

Musical Madness

Wow your friends by learning a Broadway tune with solo and group singing as well as stage choreography.

On Camera Acting

On Camera Acting!

Play Writers

Unlock the writer within! Learn the power of the playwright and develop your own writing style as you are introduced to the basic principles of script writing. Emphasis will be placed on core writing principles like character, environment and plot development.

Puppets! Puppets! Puppets!

This fun-filled class will take you into the incredible world of puppets as you design and build your own. This is a unique opportunity to learn the skill of theatrical puppetry. Students will keep their puppets at the end of the class.

Stage Combat

How did they make that look so real?!? Learn and practice effective stage combat techniques that are used throughout the theatre world. With an emphasis on safety and storytelling, students will learn the thrilling discipline of stage combat.

Stand Up Comedy

Learn how to create and perform your own stand up routine from local professional comedian Lee LA Lycan.

Sketch Comedy Writing

Unlock the writer within! This class will not only develop the students’ writing skills, it will encourage them to look at comedy from a different perspective. Throughout the course, each student will write and develop their own sketch.

Marcella Kearns

Marcella (Marcy) Kearns is a Milwaukee-based actor and teaching artist. She has served as an instructor for First Stage, Milwaukee Rep, and Metropolis and on the education staff of Milwaukee Shakespeare and Studio Arena. An advocate of arts in education, she freelances as a partner with What You Will ( She holds an MFA in Acting from the University of South Carolina and completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Vienna, Austria.

Doug Jarecki

Doug Jarecki is the Education and Outreach Administrator for Waukesha Civic Theatre. Apart from his duties at WCT, Doug enjoys an acting career both onstage and onscreen. He has performed in theatre companies throughout the area, including Next Act, In Tandem, Renaissance Theatreworks, First Stage, and Milwaukee Shakespeare Company. He also has an extensive children’s theatre background, working with such companies as M&W Playhouse, First Stage, Discovery World and the Milwaukee Children’s Theater Company. He also co founded Kidsplay, a touring children’s theatre company that performs highly interactive and original shows.