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Our Mission

The Wellington Children’s Theatre is a performance-based program for children ages 3-19. Located in the heart of Wellington, Florida, in the Western Communities of central Palm Beach County, the WCT strives to provide comprehensive theatrical and vocal training, and a creative outlet for talented children. Our company produces full-scale musical productions and scripted revues for younger children.

Through the honing acting and vocal skills, and our climate of respect, camaraderie and support, we hope to build self-esteem and confidence in our students. Our workshops provide our students with a solid background in theatre and theatrical terminology.

Our vision is to grow as a fixture in our community and, eventually, have our very-own black box theatre and rehearsal space.

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Our Director

Karen Braunstein

Ms. Braunstein is thrilled to be creating a theatre program for children in the heart of Wellington. Her vision for the WCT, is to become a fixture in the community, an outlet for self-expression, and a school in which, through proper training and self-esteem building, talented children can truly soar.

Born and raised in the New York metropolitan area, Ms.Braunstein’s life has been steeped in both the creative and performing arts. She began piano lessons at age 8, ballet at age 10 and vocal lessons at age 13. Attending five years of summer camp at the Usdan Centre for the Arts, on Long Island, was a life-changing experience for Ms. Braunstein, setting her on the path to a career in performance.

Ms.Braunstein studied for two years at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division and continued studies as an opera major at Jacksonville University, also taking courses in theatre and modern dance and beginning her career professional singing career. She completed her undergraduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, earning a Bachelor of Music in Voice, and continued to hone her operatic and theatrical skills with the Newton Opera Workshop program. During that time, the Klezmer (Yiddish jazz and folk music) renaissance was taking off in Boston and Ms. Braunstein, together with a few classmates, formed the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, and “fronted” the band as the vocalist. In 1984, Ms. Braunstein decided to pursue her Master’s Degree and train as a cantor, so she returned to New York and, in 1988, received her Master’s of Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College. That summer, she toured Israel with a group of nine cantors, performing throughout the country. In 1994, she co-wrote and starred in the show “A Klezmer Story”, which was produced in the Catskills at the Sullivan County Theatre, and continued performing with her new Klezmer band, KlezMechaye!, in the Philadelphia area.

While serving as cantor in various synagogues in the Northeast, Ms. Braunstein continued concertizing and began to direct musical theatre productions and revues with her religious school students. Drawing from her operatic background and passion for Broadway and musical theatre, she was the musical theatre director at the Cedar Lake camp in Milford, PA and was a director, vocal coach and vocal ensemble director at French Woods Performing Arts Camp. During her nine and a half years as the cantor of Temple Shaarei Shalom in Boynton Beach, Ms. Braunstein directed and produced many shows and revues, including her own comedic parodies, working with casts of adults as well as children. For the past three summers, she has been the program director and artist-in-residence for the Circle Lodge in upstate New York, performing concerts of Jewish and Broadway repertoire and leading classes in theatre games, short scenes and comedic one-act plays.Ms. Braunstein currently teaches private vocal and piano lessons, teaches at Temple Emanuel of Palm Beach, serves as the cantor of Congregation Bet Chaim in Casselberry, Florida and performs locally as well as in the New York area. Her son is in his Junior year at Marymount Manhattan College, where he is majoring in theatre and her daughter is a sophomore at Wellington High, where she is involved in dance and concert choir. Her dogs’ favorite show is “Les Miserables”! In addition to her involvement in music and the arts, Ms. Braunstein loves to cook and bake healthy, vegetarian cuisine and is an advocate both for animals and the environment.