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The WIP Theater will feature a variety of stage performances from Stand Up Comedy to Shakespeare as well as classes in the arts.
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The Work-In-Progress Neighborhood Theater

Similar to the “General Store” of old, The WIP Theater will cater specifically to Edison Park.  Whereas theaters or similar venues located in tourist markets can get away with the same acts and shows every week, we will serve our neighborhood by rotating shows, styles and genres.

The WIP Theater is located at 6670 N. Northwest Hwy and we are moving in April 15th.  With your help, we will start shows in June 2014.

1. We will engage Edison Park with theater like Oklahoma, Annie and Sweeney Todd.  We will also present Shakespeare and An Evening of One Act Plays.

2. Children’s shows will also be a part of our roster, offering productions like Peter Pan, Wizard of Oz or Huckleberry Finn. Educational fare will also be on offer, including shows like, Science LIVE! or Opera 101.

3. Since we are a troupe of (mostly) underground and small-hall artists, Stand Up Comedy, Variety Shows and Improv will be on the agenda.

4. We will flesh out the week by creating and producing Trivia Nights and Game Shows, and offering small classes in improv, theater, public speaking and related arts.

A sample of our shows.
A sample of our shows.
The WIP Theater Floor Plan
The WIP Theater Floor Plan
Before and after front of building (Box Office)
Before and after front of building (Box Office)
Showroom before/after view from stage
Showroom before/after view from stage

Risks and challenges

Our theater directors and teachers have been a part of the theater business for a combined 50+ years. We spend our year filling theaters and creating sold out shows. We want to do that in our own building.

The risks are minimal. We have the support of Alderman Mary O'Connor and the Edison Park Chamber of commerce. We have a proven track record of success when we reach out to the public.

Rest assured, your money will be in good hands. We've signed the lease, we have the space! We are ready to go! What we need from you is help renovating, painting and polishing our theater. Every other element we've been doing for 50+ years.

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    The "YOUR NAME HERE" STAGE! - We have one stage and it will have your name or business name. People will come to the WIP Theater to see shows on the Joe Smith Stage. Every performance will have your name attached. (Guaranteed for THREE years).

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