The Winchester Little Theatre was organized in 1929 "...to present, produce and encourage the production, acting and writing of plays..." by a group of persons interested in providing an outlet for their artistic interests and bringing to the community entertainment and culture.
The first production, Ario de Capo, was staged at Handley High School in 1930. By 1955 the WLT had found a home in the old Bark Mill, which was owned by one of its members. Here the group began to do shows in "arena" style, or theater-in-the-round.
In 1974, WLT stayed on track as it moved into the old Pennsylvania Railroad freight station (circa 1895). Through the generous support of friends and patrons, the building was paid for in only three years.
The years have seen many changes in the Winchester Little Theatre; in its organization, its players, its productions and its audiences. We look with enthusiasm and anticipation to many theatrical years ahead.
President: Henry Ticknor
Vice President: Sally Anderson
Treasurer: Don Miller
Secretary: Bob Wade
Development Chair: Von Swigart
House Chair: Bill Westguard
Membership Chair: Tamson Stone-Conrad
Publicity Chair: Valerie O'Keefe
Box Office Chair: Bill Heavner
Business Manager: Pam Lam
September 4-6, 10-13, 17-19, 2015
Box Office Opens: August 26, 2015 (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
This rollicking Southern comedy takes place in SPA- DEE-DAH!, the abandoned church-turned-day-spa where a group of middle-aged girlfriends gather every Friday afternoon. The loss of a dear friend makes them realize time is precious, and if they're going to change their lives and achieve their dreams, they have to get on it now! It's a side-splitting, joyful comedy that will make you laugh out loud and shout "Hallelujah!"
November 6-8, 12-15, 19-21, 2015
Box Office Opens: October 28, 2015 (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
When a body appears and then disappears, will Clarissa be able to protect her family with another of her fanciful tales? Or will her innate mischief trap them all in a web of lies and murder? Dame Agatha is up to her usual tricks!
January: 8-10, 14-17, 2016
Box Office Opens: January 3 2016 (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
Set at an unnamed, elite, New England liberal arts college, Third focuses on professor Laurie Jameson, and how her life and fundamental assumptions are challenged when she accuses student, Woodson Bull, III of plagiarism. Funny and occasionally biting, the play grapples with issues of stereotyping and identify politics, as well as generational and family issues.
March: 4-6, 10-13, 17-19, 2016
Box Office Opens: February 24, 2016 (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
Based on the true story of a mysterious Hollywood death, the play offers a fascinating cross section of Jazz Era characters who intersect for one notorious weekend on board William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924. Darkly comic and laced with clandestine romance, Hollywood excess, and steadily heated tensions, all of which erupt in a shocking act of violence. Bon Voyage!
May: 6-8, 12-15, 19-21, 2016
Box Office Opens: April 27, 2016 (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
Michael recalls the time of the Festival of Lughnasa in 1936 when he was seven years of age and lived with his mother and her four sisters in Ballybeg in Donegal. Michael's memories, a mixture of dream and reality form the blurred in between- land of conjured-up reminiscence. The past is, despite the acknowledged tragic facts, illogically enchanted.
Purchase your tickets for the upcoming June (Treasure Island) and July (Seussical Jr.) productions from WLT for Kids here!
Purchase this WLT gift certificate to give the joy of theatre to someone you know! This gift certificate may be redeemed for tickets for regular season productions.
A great gift for the Holidays for only $45! Each package includes a reserved seat for a Thursday performance of the January, March, and May shows. This is a discounted price from $59.25!
This flexible plan buys the number of admissions you desire for the season, and allows you to book specific dates and seats for each show closer to the actual performance times. Prepaid admissions may be redeemed in person, or by calling or emailing the box office. The record of your prepaid admission is kept in our database and usage is deducted as you book your tickets.
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Every gift and pledge to the WLT Restoration Campaign, regardless of the amount, brings us closer to the goal of $650,000. We will ensure quality community theater always has a home in historic Winchester.
The former freight station, WLT's home for almost 40 years, is showing its age. The brick structure requires overall strengthening, the roof must be replaced, and like anyone almost 120 years old, the building calls for some needed enhancements. This restoration will:
~Ensure the structural integrity
~Reappoint bricks and preserve masonry
~Replace the roof
~Paint and restore the exterior
We are on track! Help us stay there.