History of Woodrow’s Spring Musical
Woodrow may be able to stake a claim as the “Home of High School 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 full-scale Broadway-style musical, which was Oklahoma! Woodrow has continued that tradition ever since, with an unbroken string of annual musicals longer than any other high school in Texas. 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. The 2007's Fiddler on the Roof 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. Most recently, in 2014 Woodrow presented Funny Girl, which got 8 nominations and won Best Actress and Best Male Ensemble Member. In 2015, Woodrow presented Annie, which garnered Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor nominations. Last year, the production of The Phantom of the Opera amazed theater attendees with a falling chandelier, gun shots, a Phantom victim hanging from the stage, gorgeous period costumes, and soaring voices. This year, we are very excited to present Seussical, a light-hearted popular musical starring the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, and many more of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters. Be prepared to enjoy!
Have questions? Ask Kathy Watson, Katie Anderson or John Beaird