Wolf River Theatrical Troupe turns 40
New London group presents musicals, comedy, mysteries and guest artists
By John Faucher
In the spring of 1982 a band of friends began acting in front of strangers, friends and family members, bringing live entertainment to their fellow citizens.
No one could be more delighted and surprised at the longevity of the Wolf River Theatrical Troupe than founder, Margie Brown.
“We pride ourselves in offering the best in community theater for all ages,” said Brown.
The troupe and its theater, located at 304. St. John’s Place, has been honored with numerous awards and is recognized as one of the top two community theatres in the area.
“Our talented actors have been called upon to provide entertainment for various community groups and functions over the years, but the bulk of our shows and guest artists perform at the theater,” said Brown.
While the COVID shutdown presented a bit of a challenge, Brown said the WRTT survived it and has a host of performances lined up for its 40th anniversary year.
Brown said they include musicals, comedy, farce, drama, mysteries and guest artists. Schedules and ticket information can be viewed at WRTT.org and the troupe’s Facebook page.
“Our theatre runs completely on volunteer power,” explained Brown. “Thanks to some generous theater patrons and our ticket sales we are able to cover all production costs along with making improvements to the building and staging.”
Theater for all ages
During the summer months when possible, the theater offers, “Scripts, Stage and Escapades” which is a children’s theater program.
The troupe also produces a yearly Christmas program.
Brown said there is often a mixture of adult and yount talent featured in their Christmas shows.
The troupe usually offers five to six productions a year which includes its partnership with New London High School’s spring play.
Brown said at the theater, ticket prices are kept affordable, temperatures are comfortable, there are concessions to enjoy and patrons always have a chance to meet some of the troupe after the shows.
“Anyone can join the fun by auditioning for an upcoming show or volunteering to work behind the scenes,” said Brown.
The troupe’s next performance, “Always A Brides Bridesmaid” starts Thursday, Feb. 24 and runs through March 12.
For reservations call Molly at 920-359-0305 or go online at our.show/wrtt.