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Dates:Friday, December 16, 2022 - Sunday, December 18, 2022
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$$ see below

dot and the kangaroo photoJoin Wellesley Theatre Project (WTP) for a brand new Australian outback adventure, as we present the World Premiere Pilot Production of DOT AND THE KANGAROO JR.

All performances will take place at the Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College located at 19 Babson College Drive, Wellesley, MA 02481. 

Tickets are priced $18 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, and may be purchased online at in advance, or at the door for $20 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Seating is assigned. *All audience members are required to wear a mask.

In DOT AND THE KANGAROO JR. young, rambunctious Dot longs for an adventure exploring everything the country has to offer.

When she finds herself lost and afraid in the darkening Australian bush, Dot befriends a wise mother Kangaroo who enlists the help of Australia’s favorite bush creatures to help Dot find her way back home.

A charming tale full of quirky Aussie-native characters, DOT AND THE KANGAROO JR. transforms the endearing story that transfixed generations past into a fresh, new adventure for generations to come.

Based on the 1899 novel of the same name, with Book by Daniel Stoddart, Music by Daniel J. Mertzlufft, and Lyrics by Kate Leonard.

Daniel J. Mertzlufft is a NYC-based composer/arranger most known for his viral sensations The Thanksgiving Musical on The Late Late Show with James Corden, his arrangement of “Remy The Ratatouille” by Emily Jacobson that launched the TikTok Ratatouille musical movement. Kate Leonard is a lyricist and librettist working in theater, tv/film, and new media. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and a member of the Dramatists Guild and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Advanced Workshop. Kate was a finalist for the 2022 Kleban Prize, and her work has earned a Drama League Award nomination and a Webby Award.

In Summer of 2022 three WTP students were lucky enough to travel to NYC to participate in a workshop of DOT AND THE KANGAROO JR. with the writers and the team at iTheatrics. Wellesley Theatre Project is one of five organizations asked to present this World Premier Pilot Production of this brand new work. Artistic Director, Ben Rush who traveled to see the workshop said, “We were honored last year to be asked to pilot a musical for ITheatrics and Music Theatre International. So when the opportunity came up for this pilot we of course said yes! I am so excited to bring this thrilling and heart warming story to our community”.

DOT AND THE KANGAROO JR. features two talented casts, composed of 30 students each, between the ages of seven and eighteen. Cast members of DOT AND THE KANGAROO JR. reside in Wellesley as well as other communities including Needham, Natick, Weston, Dedham, North Easton, Jamaica Plain, and Westwood. The production staff includes: Ben Rush, Director & Scenic Designer; Jennie McGuiness, Music Director; Katie Ann Clarke, Choreographer; Alexa Brooke Lambert; Stage Manager & Prop Master. DOT AND THE KANGAROO JR. is adapted from the Australian classic by Ethel C Pedley, with First Nation Storytelling by Sandy Greenwood and is through special arrangements with Musical Theatre International.

Wellesley Theatre Project is an award winning arts academy and a Wellesley nonprofit devoted to providing students (PreK - 12th Grade) with the opportunity to study and experience theatre and performing arts through year round classes, staged productions, workshops and summer camps. Registration is open for WTP’s Winter & Spring 2023 Classes, Private Lessons and Productions. Upcoming performances include The Lightening Thief (March 24th - April 2nd 2022) and Disney’s Descendants, The Musical (May 2022).

Registration will open soon for Summer Camps. Sessions include production camps geared for students between 2nd and 12th grade in addition to one week Theatre Arts camps for 2nd - 12th grade. The production camps are: Winnie The Pooh, Kids (Grades 2-8), The SpongeBob Musical (Grades 2-12), and Freaky Friday, The Musical .

For more information about DOT AND THE KANGAROO JR. or other Wellesley Theatre Project classes and productions, please visit or call 781- 235-1550.

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Friday, December 16th at 5pm and 8pm
Saturday, December 17th 2pm and 6pm
Sunday, December 18th at 2pm and 6pm

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$18 for adults and $10 for students and seniors | Purchase Tickets



19 Babson College Drive, Wellesley, MA, 02481 map

Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College
19 Babson College Drive
Wellesley, MA 02481


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