Mission Statement The mission of Wekiva River Players is to provide the community with theatrical entertainment, to provide the residents of the area with opportunities to participate in theatrical productions and to encourage the education, growth, development and interest in theater through support of the performing arts.
In pursuit of our mission, Wekiva River Players continuously recognizes and adheres to the values described below:
Community - WRP both serves and supports the performing arts interests of its community, which is Central Florida in general, and Seminole County in particular.
Service - WRP provides opportunities and support to other charitable organizations within its community. Although WRP is a charitable organization itself, WRP provides charities an opportunity to promote themselves in conjunction with WRP productions and may elect to donate a portion of WRP proceeds to the charities.
Diversity - Membership in the Wekiva River Players is open to all persons regardless of race, color, gender, age, religion, ancestry, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or handicap.
Volunteerism - WRP survives on the skills and dedication of volunteers. WRP encourages volunteer support rather than paid positions.
Quality - WRP productions and education services are to be of the highest quality commensurate with the skills of its volunteers and needs of its audience and members.
Respect - WRP recognizes the importance of the skills of its members and volunteers and the efforts they put forth to benefit the organization.
Security - WRP values the safety of its members and participants and attempts to provide an environment that is safe, free from harassment and a secure environment for children.
History of Wekiva River Players Wekiva River Players is Seminole County's longest-running theater ensemble, performing continuously since 1993. From its beginnings WRP has served the community, not just providing theatrical entertainment, education and opportunities, but also giving back creatively to support important local causes through donations of time, money and talent. Over the years we've worked with a variety of charitable organizations, including our recent and ongoing involvement with Music for Melons, raising funds for breast cancer research. T To date, WRP has performed more than 90 shows and has evolved into primarily an educational theater program. Each year we produce six junior shows for elementary and middle school performers as well as one full-length production for our high school performers. Currently, WRP uses a variety of venues including the Princess Theater in Sanford and Eastmonte Civic Center in Altamonte Springs. Our students rehearse at Longwood Elementary school in community space maintained by the Town of Longwood. We are confident that with a great deal of hard work, combined with support from the community, we will continue to provide Central Florida with education, opportunities, and most importantly, theatrical entertainment that is second to none.
Below is a list of each of WRP's shows to date, and the local charities we have been honored to support and benefit:
Inaugural Season 1993 Oliver - November 1993 - Second Harvest Food Bank You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown - January 1994 Humane Society of Seminole County Chicago - May and June 1994 - Hope and Help Center of Central Florida & Centaur
1994-1995 Season Annie - October 1994 - Seminole County Friends of Abused Children Steel Magnolias - January 1995 - Pediatric Diabetes Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Women and Children The Boy Friend - June 1995 - Hospice of Central Florida The Tin Soldier and the Paper Doll - August 1995 - Muscular Dystrophy Association
1995-1996 Season The Sound of Music - November 1995 - Habitat for Humanity International Godspell - April and July 1996 - The Nurturing Center at the Coalition for the Homeless - Central Florida Arsenic and Old Lace - July 1996 - Community Care for the Elderly
1996-1997 Season The Wizard of Oz - November 1996 - American Red Cross Into the Woods - April/May 1997 - Ronald McDonald House of Orlando City of Angels - July 1997 - C.J.'s Angel
1997-1998 Season Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - November, 1997 - The Boggy Creek Gang Guys and Dolls - March 1998 - The Salvation Army of Seminole County Oklahoma! - July 1998 - House of Hope
1998-1999 Season Fiddler on the Roof - November 1998 - The Mustard Seed of Central Florida The Pirates of Penzance - March 1999 - Boys Town USA The Music Man - August 1999 - Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra
1999-2000 Season Man of La Mancha - November 1999 - The Christian Sharing Center Anything Goes - March 2000 The King and I - July 2000
2000-2001 Season A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - October/November 2000 - The Morning Star School Carousel - March 2001 - Safe House of Seminole County Bye Bye Birdie - June 2001 - Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida
2001-2002 Season (This is the first season that WRP expanded its productions to three weekends.) Annie (second production) - October 2001 - "Tomorrow's Future" Child Development Program at Anthony House Rumors - January and February 2002 - Getting Well South Pacific - April 2002 The Music Man, Jr - May 2002 Father of the Bride - June 2002
2002-2003 Season WRP's 10th Season Oliver (second production) - October 2002 The Odd Couple (female version) - January and February 2003 The Odd Couple (male version) - January and February 2003 My Fair Lady - April 2003 Guys and Dolls Jr. - May 2003 Hello Dolly - June 2003 - Community Coordinated Care for Children
2003-2004 Season How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying - September - October 2003 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - December 2003 - Benefit for the Helen Stairs Theatre Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - March 2004 - Jacob's Angels Annie, Jr. - May 2004 Evita - June 2004
2004-2005 Season Fiddler on the Roof - October 2004 - Leukemia and Lymphoma Society The Sound of Music - March 2005 - Kids House of Seminole Cinderella Jr. - May 2005 Jesus Christ Superstar - July 2005 - C.A.R.E. Foundation
2005-2006 Season Gypsy (concert version) - October 2005 Godspell, Jr and 101 Dalmatians Kids! - November 2005 The Mystery of Edwin Drood - March 2006 Fiddler on the Roof, Jr and Cinderella Kids! - May 2006
2006-2007 Season Into the Woods, Jr and Jungle Book Kids! - November 2006 Oklahoma! and Honk, Jr - May 2007
2007-2008 Season Anything Goes - September 2007 Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr. and Aristocats Kids! - November 2007 Willy Wonka, Jr. and Sleeping Beauty Kids! - May 2008
2008-2009 Season The Story of Hansel and Gretel and Pinocchio - November 2008 Beauty and the Beast, Jr. and 101 Dalmatians Kids! - May 2009
2009-2010 Season Godspell, Jr. and Jungle Book Kids! - November 2009 Aladdin, Jr. - May 20102010-2011 Season The Wizard of Wonderland and Aristocats Kids! - November 2010 The Music Man, Jr and Willy Wonka Kids - May 2011
2011-2012 Season 101 Dalmatians Kids! and Fiddler on the Roof, Jr - November 2011 Alladin Kids!, Cinderella Kids! and Seussical, Jr - May 2012
2012-2013 Season Winnie the Pooh, Kids!, Alice in Wonderland, Jr. and Thoroughly Modern Millie - November 2012 Jungle Book Kids!, Dear Edwina, Jr. and Once Upon a Mattress - May 2013