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.

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Academy Productions Rehearsal and Registration

The character-driven cartoon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurably optimist and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends. With original Songs by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, The Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, and more,  this Broadway musical is a bop for everyone to love.

An exciting new musical featuring irresistible characters and magical music, this deep-sea pearl of a show is set to make a splash with audiences young and old.


Ages 8 – 18 with max capacity of 60 students. Everyone registered will get a role – auditions will take place for named roles in rehearsal.

Cancelled registrations will result in a 10% processing fee.


6/19-6/23 from 4:30-6:30pm

6/26-6/30 from  2:00-5:00pm

7/3-7 from  2:00-5:00pm (NO REHEARSAL ON JULY 4) 

optional parade participation July 4

7/10-14 from 2:00-5:00pm


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Tech and Show Dates:

7/17-20 from  2:00-6:00pm TECH WEEK—Hoppin’ Clams Cast
Hoppin’ Clams Cast
July 21 at 7:30 p.m.
July 22 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
July 23 at 2 p.m.

7/24-27 2:00-7:00pm TECH WEEK—Jumping Jellyfish Cast

Jumping Jellyfish Cast
July 28 at 7:30 p.m.
July 29 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
July 30 at 2 p.m.


7/30 at 4 pm STRIKE all casts

Family Tickets on Sale May 1, 2023


Hoppin' Clams Cast

Jumping Jellyfish Cast

Parent Packet

What to Expect

Have fun and Learn something new! 

These are our two main goals for our summer together. Your directors and production team will provide you with the tools for an awesome show and you get to use those tools to make it incredible. We are very excited to get started, there are just a few things that are important to us, the group, and the show that we want to share with you!


Rehearsals are typically 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. Please pick up promptly after rehearsal ends. 

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 write that down on your audition sheet. You may miss up to 3 rehearsals due to the short and speedy process of this production. If you are going to be absent for more than 3 rehearsals, it will need to be approved by the directors. 

Rehearsal Attire and Conduct


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 Academy production. These volunteer options include helping build the set, costumes, parade float building, cast meals, backstage helping, ushering, and more. 

Sign-up coming soon! 

The Production Team

Director/Choreographer: Niki Cairns
Music Co-Directors: Emily Keiner and Bradley Weller
Stage Managers: Carly Irland
Lighting & Sound Designer: Stage Right Designs, owned and operated by Mike Van Dreser
Costume Designer:
Props Designer:
Set & Master Carpenter:

More Summer Fun

Summer Team Challenge Fundraiser

Please help us reach our fundraising goal by supporting the Academy Team Challenge, raising $10,000 to support our Academy program growth and the scholarship and outreach program. We have teamed up with Get Movin’© to make this event fun and profitable with online mobile friendly technology.
From June 15 to July 15, together with our friends and family, let’s raise $10,000 to support the future of WCT’s Academy programs! Four weeks for the Future!

Academy Picnic

The Academy Summer Picnic is the celebration event for an annual fundraiser for the WCT Academy Scholarship program, a program that provides $10,000 of free or reduced tuition to our community. We ask Academy students and families to join us for pizza, games, karaoke, and prizes for our top fundraising families.

Date: July 15, 2023

Location: Cutler Park (Waukesha Public Library Pavilion)

Downtown Waukesha Parade

Join us as we walk and ride in the Downtown Waukesha 4th of July parade. We are looking forward to making fun and happy memories with you this summer.