Bellingham Children’s Theatre (BCT) was founded by Drue Robinson in 1994 in a living room on Ellis Street. It quickly became a house-hold name, a buzz about town, and known all the way to Vancouver B.C. as “one of the most original theatres in the region.” It has won two Mayor’s Arts Awards, a Whatcom Community Foundation Grant, and an incredibly generous Parks and Recreation Department grant to perform an original all-city production on the eve of the Millennium. This show (“Once Upon The End – A Y2K Fairytale Crisis Musical”) went on to be performed at the Seattle International Fringe Festival where it brought down the house and won the prestigious People’s Choice Award — no small feat, as it was competing against 84 international companies in the general theatre category.
BCT is not only a children’s theatre, offering plays, classes and workshops, it is also an intergenerational opportunity for elders to imaginatively create original poignant theatre with youth of all ages. Drue’s plays, adaptations, and musicals are notorious for their wacky originality, hilarious alternative flavor, and poignant heart-felt relationships. She’s written directed, and produced over 25 original works such as “Schnuzik,” “The Wutcraker” (a spoof on that famous ballet), “Whistlin’ Dixie” (a mix of Shakespeare, environmental activism, and country western line-dancing), and “When Angels Dance the Polka,” just to name a few. The casts that grace BCT’s stage feature homegrown talent ranging in age 5 – 95, local dignitaries and politicians, and surprise guest artists. Kids work as technicians, playwrights, and stage-managers. Community is built through BCT. Lifelong friendships are born and flourish both on and off the stage, and parents and volunteers pool their skills and talents to create something truly unique. Magic is experienced through the combined imaginations and creative actions of everyone involved. Theatre becomes “home,” and casts become families.
Bellingham Children’s Theatre is about homegrown originality at its very best. We don’t just believe in local, we put local on stage.