Providing Central Florida with theatrical entertainment, education and opportunities

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.
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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