Woodrow Theatre History
Woodrow may be able to stake a claim to the "High School Home of Broadway Musicals", having started as early as 1943 with its production of Best Foot Forward. Although dramatic plays and operettas filled Woodrow's "Annual Show" spot for some years after 1943, by 1958, Woodrow became one of the first schools to stage a really full-scale Broadway-style musicalOklahoma! Woodrow has continued that tradition annually ever since with an unbroken string of annual musicals longer than any other area high school, or perhaps in Texas or the nation. For decades, Woodrow's Annual Musicals have been eagerly awaited and acclaimed each year. In April 2007, Woodrow presented its 50th sequential show, Fiddler on the Roof.
Musicals at Woodrow tend to be on a larger scale than is typical for a high-school production, as when 1994's Singin' in the Rain featured an actual water-shower falling on the 127-member cast and stage, a stunt inspired by a national touring production of the show that included a Woodrow alumna. Monkeys flew in 1998's Wizard of Oz, using professional stage flight equipment that was rented from Las Vegas and operated offstage by parents trained by the professionals. 2007'sFiddler swept the North Texas Cappie Awards, the high school equivalent of the Tony Awards, winning Best Musical, Best Actor, a Creativity award for the fiddler, and six other Cappies that year. Woodrow's 2006 musical production, City of Angels, represented the school's first year participating in the Cappies and garnered a Best Lead Actor in a Musical award. Most recently, in 2010, Woodrow presented Beauty and the Beast, which enthralled children and adults alike.
Director: John Beaird
Theatre and Choir Donations - Wish List
The Performing Arts Department is in desperate need of tables! If you would like to make a donation to the department, this is one of our biggest needs. You can order it directly from Amazon.com, and have it shipped directly to the school. Our shipping address is: Choir and Theatre Department, Woodrow Wilson High School, 100 S. Glasgow Drive, Dallas TX 75214 ATTN: John Beaird and Katie Anderson