Academy Productions

WCT Academy Productions are a theatre training program that gives students the opportunity to experience the fun and excitement of participating in and creating a full musical production while learning skills that can be applied on and off stage - critical thinking, collaboration, mindfulness, and more.

Seussical the Musical Jr.

Ages 8-17


All of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR. Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos and guard an egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule and danger, the powers of friendship, loyalty, and community emerge triumphant!

Tuition: $200

The Horton Cast will perform July 23-25

The Whos Cast will perform July 30-August 1

Academy Productions Registration

WCT Academy Productions are tuition-based programs run by professional theatre artists and designers that provide our students with a hands-on experience in the theatre.

Register for an Academy Production experience on Arts People.

Register to be in the Cast

About Academy Productions

In a WCT Academy Production experience, every student is guaranteed a role in the production. We ask each student to audition for the role they will receive in this supportive environment. Leading up to the audition, students will have theatre classes designed to develop and strengthen their core stage skills, as they approach the audition date with the goal of  feeling prepared and confident in the audition process. 

Students participate in the full rehearsal process and are part of bringing a production to life from the first rehearsal to the final performances for audiences.  

Rehearsal Schedule

6/21-25 4:30-6:30pm
6/28-7/2 2:00-5:00pm
7/5-9 2:00-5:00pm
7/12-16 2:00-5:00pm

7/19-22 2:00-6:00pm TECH WEEK—Horton Cast
7/23 7:30pm PERFORMANCE—Horton Cast
7/24 2 & 7:30pm  PERFORMANCE—Horton Cast
7/25 2pm  PERFORMANCE—Horton Cast

7/26-29 2:00-6:00pm TECH WEEK—Who Cast
7/30 7:30pm PERFORMANCE—Who Cast
7/31 2 & 7:30pm  PERFORMANCE—Who Cast
8/1 2pm  PERFORMANCE—Who Cast

Production Info

dir. Madison Penzkover

music dir. Shannon Messplay

Tuition: $200

Cast Size: Limited to 50 students (25 in each cast)

Rehearsals Begin June 21, 2021 each afternoon

Tickets on Sale June 1


Adyson Ries -Mrs. Mayor
Alex Cramer -Boy/Jojo
Annabel Silvernail -Jungle Citizen, Who, Fish, Circus Animal
Bella Bloxham -Bird Girl 1
Christopher Cerveny -Thing 1
Colin Rupe -Mr. Mayor
Emily McCaskey -Wickersham 3, Fish, Circus Animal
Emma Heinisch -The Grinch, Fish, Jungle Citizen
Emmeline McDonell -Young Kangaroo, Fish, Who
Eve Skatrud- Cat in the Hat
Jack Mlodzik -Vlad Vladikoff, Who, Fish, Circus Animal
Joey Anderson -Wickersham 2, Fish, Circus Animal
Kennedy Wachendorf -Thing 2
Lucy Wolf -Bird Girl 2
Maks Skatrud -Wickersham 1, Fish, Circus Animal
Mallory Schramka -Horton the Elephant
Max Walter -Judge Yertle the Turtle, Who, Fish, Jungle Citizen
Mirannda Kepplinger -Gertrude McFuzz
Phoebe Wolf -Mayzie La Bird, Dance Captain
Sammie Schenk -Bird Girl 3
Tegan Truelove -Sour Kangaroo, Fish


Adam Refermat -Young Kangaroo, Fish, Who
Alexa Liesener -Mayzie La Bird
Annie Sturtz -Bird Girl 2
Ashlyn Mills -Cat in the Hat
Ava Pitcel -Wickersham 1, Fish, Circus Animal, Dance Captain
Ava Sabel -Bird Girl 1
Bryanne LaSota -The Grinch, Fish, Jungle Citizen
Calleigh Mills -Horton the Elephant
Evalynn Larson -Thing 1
Gavin Amerling -Vlad Vladikoff, Who, Fish, Circus Animal
Ireland Anderson -Sour Kangaroo, Fish
Josie Byrne -Boy/Jojo
Kenadee Cywinski -Jungle Citizen, Who, Fish, Circus Animal
Louella Sallmann -Wickersham 3, Fish, Circus Animal
Molly Gibbons -Gertrude McFuzz
Monroe Rettschlag -Bird Girl 3
Norah Weber -Thing 2
Peter Abshire -Wickersham 2, Fish, Circus Animal
Sophia Refermat -Mrs. Mayor
Xavien Hicks -Judge Yertle the Turtle, Who, Fish, Jungle Citizen
Zoe Boschek -Mr. Mayor

Parent Packet

What to expect from rehearsal


Rehearsals are Monday – Friday from 2-5 p.m. Your directors will arrive at the theatre no later than 1:45 each day. If possible, please do not drop off before 1:45 so we can ensure safety and supervision. If you need to drop your child off early, please your directors or stage manager know. 

TECH WEEK REHEARSALS (The week of the show) 

Tech week rehearsals will be extended from 2-6 p.m.


If you are going to miss ANY of the scheduled rehearsals, please your conflicts and anticipated absences on your audition sheet. Conflicts will be considered when casting. If you have more than 2 unexcused absences you may be asked to leave the production without refund. Excused absences have been disclosed on your audition form or discussed in advance with your directors. 


Rehearsal Attire: Everyone will be learning choreography, so please wear clothes that are comfortable and easy to move in. If you’re wearing street clothes, please make sure that you have a belt for loose pants and shorts under skirts. Covered and comfortable is a general rehearsal guide. 

Bring your own water bottle with your name on it. 


Respect: We are building a community of respect and consent. Please be respectful of your peers, directors, the building, costumes, props, set pieces, etc.. This program is built to teach you how to be a collaborative member of a production team and we need your help to foster this community of respect and collaboration. 

Patience: Be patient with yourself and your peers. We are all learning differently and a little kindness goes a long way. Please do not direct each other, focus on your work and what you can do to help the production. Sometimes we will have down time during rehearsal, so please bring a book, or something quiet to do while you wait. We recommend for you to spend time learning your lines, lyrics, and choreography when you have down time. 


Each WCT Academy summer program involves not only kids in the cast, but families as well. We ask each family to volunteer at least 10 hours toward the summer production. These volunteer options include helping build the set, costumes, parade float building, cast meals, backstage helping, ushering, and more. 

Click HERE to sign up for your family volunteer slots!

Academy Summer Fundraiser and Special Events


WCT asks each family of the Seussical cast to fundraise for the Academy Program, so that we can bring theatre classes and camps to even more kids and adults! We are setting our team challenge of $10,000 to be raised between June 21 and July 10!



Celebrating our Team Challenge success with a fun run and picnic, top fundraisers will receive awesome prizes! July 10, 2021


The casts of Seussical the Musical Jr. will participate by marching with the WCT Academy float in the Downtown Waukesha Parade on July 4, 2021.

Please sign up to be a part of the fun!


The casts of Seussical will POPup perform at the Waukesha’s Farmers markets on July 17 to promote their show!