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WTP to celebrate five years at gala

Wellesley Theatre Project will mark an organizational milestone at its annual gala on Friday, June 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Wellesley Community Center’s Henderson Hall. This year’s fundraising event will provide entertainment and fun for the whole family including a photo booth and performances by WTP students and alumni. Ticket and silent auction sales help support this local nonprofit which has an active community service program and provides tuition scholarships, after school programming, performance opportunities and theatre education to area youth. Tickets for adults are $55 and include food by Better Life Food, open bar with wine, beer, and signature cocktail; tickets for students are $15. To purchase tickets to the event, please visit www.wellesleytheatreproject.org and RSVP by June 2.

From left to right: Students Kate Morrow Bebe Cloaninger, and Payton Defina pose in the photo booth.  Photos by John Harmon of Sandy Sandwich Productions

From left to right: Students Kate Morrow Bebe Cloaninger, and Payton Defina pose in the photo booth. Photos by John Harmon of Sandy Sandwich Productions

“We are delighted to be holding this event in celebration of another successful season at WTP and a culmination of five wonderful years!” says Executive Director Hillary Drew

WTP began with a cast of 18 students in "Seussical, the Musical" in the summer of 2012 and has now enrolled more than 2,100 students and produced more than 36 productions. During that time, WTP has provided thousands of dollars in need based tuition scholarships to families in Wellesley and the surrounding communities. Staying true to its mission, WTP has employed professional teaching artists from the greater Boston area to support our students and create art in Wellesley. Most importantly, WTP has become an environment for students to thrive in and make a community.

In keeping with their community outreach mission, Wellesley Theatre Project students, known as Citizen Artists, are frequently found performing at the Wellesley Council on Aging, Boys and Girls Club of South Boston, Faneuil Hall, as well as the Wellesley Free Library, and Wellesley events like the Wellesley Wonderful Weekend Parade.

Wellesley Theatre Project is an arts academy and a Wellesley nonprofit devoted to providing students (PreK - 12th Grade) with the opportunity to study and experience theatre and performing arts through year round classes, staged productions, workshops and summer camps.

Registration is open for WTP’s 2017 summer camps. Sessions include three production camps geared for students between 2nd and 12th grade in addition to one week theatre arts camps for Pre K-12th grade. The production camps are: "The Lion King, Kids" (Grades 2-8), "Peter Pan" (Grades 2-12), and "Chicago" (Grades 9-12).

For more information on WTP’s "Celebrating Five Years… A Teal Tie Affair" or upcoming camps and productions, visit www.wellesleytheatreproject.org or call (781-235-1550). All proceeds from this evening will support Wellesley Theatre Project, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

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