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Willits Community Theatre – 44 Years!

2021 is Willits Community Theatre’s 44th year in service to the arts appreciative community in California’s Mendocino, Humboldt, Sonoma and Lake Counties …. and beyond!  WCT is proud to present an annual season of new and classic plays every year.

 

From humble beginnings in 1977, WCT has developed into a well-established organization, presenting live theater throughout the year. Primarily a volunteer organization, Willits Community Theatre was incorporated in 1979. In 1988, it hired its first Artistic Director, Linda Palmer, a professional actor/dancer/director who is best remembered for her performance (as the ex-wife) in Bob Fosse’s 1979 film All That Jazz.

 

Subsequent artistic directors have included screenwriter/director Lanny Cotler (films: The Earthling, 1981, as writer, and Heartwood, 1996, as writer and director) and John LeFan, long a mainstay with San Francisco’s Artaud Theatre Group. Most recently, the legendary Mike A’Dair held this position for many productive years. Now, an Artistic Direction Committee of six persons selects each season for the Willits Community Theatre.

As a community resource, WCT serves as a venue for concerts, dance performances and community events. We are proud to offer our stage on a rental basis, and to collaborate with schools and other groups who can utilize our excellent facility. We offer hands-on opportunities to learn technical and stagecraft skills. We welcome team-oriented volunteers a place to use and develop their skills in the many facets of community theatre.

 

WCT is a nonprofit organization which relies heavily on the generosity of the community to remain open and in service.

The Mission of the Willits Community Theatre is to produce theatrical performances of diversity and quality, and to maintain a community performing arts facility geared to serve the greater Willits area.

 

Willits Community Theatre is proud to be a member of the Willits Chamber of Commerce, California Community Theatres, and the Arts Council of Mendocino County.

                                                                   Youth Theatre Camp

 

The Willits Community Theatre Youth Theatre Camp started out in 2018. Our first production was The Phantom Toll Booth, directed by Mana Youngbear.  The next year we did a musical with singing, dancing and sword play called Peter Pan: The Musical, directed by Billy Hetherington. 

This year, with COVID-19 having made gatherings and audiences both impossible and ill-advised, we are going on-line with a youth theatre camp program called The Willits Community Theatre Virtual Theatre Train Young Actors Academy.  

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