"What's your mission?
The Westminster Community Playhouse (WCP) is a non-profit community theatre that engages with the community through artistic, educational and cultural experiences that enrich lives and promote lifelong learning in and through the performing arts. WCP values its patrons and volunteers, and strongly believes in: Education, Camaraderie, Diversity, Integrity, Respect, Accountability and Teamwork.
What kind of productions could we expect from your organization?
WCP has produced over 300 plays since its opening in 1961. Our performance season usually consists of six shows: one musical, one murder mystery and/or drama and three/four comedies.
What's your origin story?
As reported in this Los Angeles Times article dated Thursday, May 30, 1974, "The Westminster Community Theatre was started in 1961 by a group of Westminster residents who wanted to pool their talents and put on stage productions. However, there was no place to perform and so year after year, they imposed upon the various schools in the district for the use of cafeterias and gymnasiums....The theater group found a temporary home in 1969 when it leased a building in a local shopping center. In June, 1972, the dream became a reality when ground at 7272 Maple Ave. was broken." On Thursday night, May 30, the theatre opened their new doors for it's first premiere performance of "Don't Drink the Water." It ran through June 22 and the rest is history. The Westminster Community Playhouse has continued producing and performing over 300 plays and musicals.
Outside of your main productions, do you offer other programs for the community?
Our "Youth Theatre Arts Program," founded by Priscilla Gonzalez-Suciu and Maria O'Connor, is an educational theatre program at the Westminster Community Playhouse that is committed to providing many remarkable opportunities to students. Acting! Singing! Dancing! Teamwork!
Students at the Youth Theatre Arts Program participate in eight weeks of rehearsals and six performances. Students engage in an educational experience of the theatre that includes voice production, singing, choreography, additional off-stage experiences, collaboration and team work with their fellow cast and crew members.
How would people get more involved with your organization?
As a non-profit organization, we depend upon community involvement to supplement our staff in a myriad of ways. Volunteers play many important roles during the season and throughout the year, including: ushering, ticket sales, concessions, programs, tech (lights & sound), backstage crew and sets (build & paint). For more information, please visit https://www.wcpstage.com/volunteer.
We are also always looking for directors, stage managers and actors.
To get more information on upcoming auditions, please visit our website at https://www.wcpstage.com/audition.
Name one last thing you want people to know about your organization.
The Westminster Community Playhouse is a Tudor-style theatre nestled in Westminster, California. Our cozy theatre has a thrust stage and seats 122.
Westminster Community Playhouse
The Westminster Community Playhouse (WCP) is a non-profit community theatre that engages with the community through artistic, educational and cultural experiences that enrich lives and promote lifelong learning in and through the performing arts. WCP values it’s patrons and volunteers, and strongly believes in: Education, Camaraderie, Diversity, Integrity, Respect, Accountability and Teamwork.