Throughout its history, WaterTower's artistic vision, service to the community and growing audience has led to a unique partnership with the Town of Addison, one aimed at the development of an exciting destination for residents and non-residents to experience the best in theatrical arts.
Building on its reputation for being an intrepid producer of new works, WTT has garnered numerous accolades through the years. WTT's commitment to new work is reflected in its history of world premieres including Song of Motherhood (1998), Blind Lemon: Prince of Country Blues (2001), A Country Life (2005), Creep (2015), The Spark (2015), The Great Distance Home (2017), and Bread (2018). The 27th Season will close with a world premiere musical, Goin' Hollywood by Stephen Cole & David Krane. At the conclusion of the 2022-2023 Season, WTT will have produced 184 plays and musicals, including 11 World Premieres and 43 Regional Premieres.
Funding to support our production budgets for the 2022-2023 Season in order to survive as an organization. We are reaching the end of our 27th season, while preparing for Season 28. We have survived a lot over the years, including rising costs due to inflation, the need for Covid testing, PPE, and new personnel. We are up to that challenge. WTT was one of the first theaters in the nation to obtain approval from Actors' Equity Association to reopen SAFELY with in person audiences, and has kept EVERYONE on & off stage employed SAFELY throughout the pandemic. WTT is proud to have maintained a perfect Covid safety record throughout all our productions.
We are currently researching pathways to improve our website experience to better communicate with and facilitate the accessibility for current patrons and our surrounding community.
Recently, we have joined forces with The Penguin Project, where a group of children take to the stage to perform a modified version of a well-known Broadway musical. These productions are unique, however, because all the roles are filled by young artists with developmental disabilities including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities visual impairment, hearing impairment, and other neurological disorders. They are joined on stage by a dedicated group of “peer mentors” – children the same age without disabilities who have volunteered to work side-by-side with them through 4 months of rehearsals and through the final performance. By providing access to community theater, The Penguin Project demonstrates that the special challenges of a disability should not handicap a child’s ability to participate in life’s experiences. We are excited to be a part of this journey