Monty Python's Spamalot could not have been more ridiculous (although we tried, we tried!). Killer rabbit! Knights who say "ni!" -- nonstop silliness. Our six audiences each gave us a standing ovation.
Our entire My Fair Lady cast learned one, sometimes two, British dialects in order to perform the show. It turned out simply "loverly," with some of the finest performances and most magnificent set in our history.
Our 2017 production of Annie broke all our attendance records! The cast included 22 children, 30 grown-ups, and 4 dogs, and our audiences also donated more than $2,000 for a local charity supporting foster kids!
Ragtime brought together WCT's most geographically-dispersed and ethnically-diverse cast to date, to tell a uniquely American story. Our production included a real Model T, and made amazing use of scenic projections.
WCT waited several years to get the performance rights to Chicago, but for the company, and audiences, it was all worthwhile. Befitting a "noisy hall, where there's a nightly brawl," the orchestra was up on the stage with the actors.
Curtains is a musical comedy inside murder mystery inside a musical comedy! It's also a tongue-in-cheek but loving send-up of the musical theatre genre, and our team loved it as much as the audience did!
Mel Brooks' musical version of his outrageous movie, The Producers parodies (and sometimes insults) much of American society, the theatre world, and of course, Adolph Hitler. It was hysterical.
WCT's production of Rogers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music filled the Woodside Performing Arts Center with emotion, color and music. Second to Annie in audience attendance, several performances were sold out.
WCT built a small island in the South Pacific for Rogers and Hammerstein's epic wartime musical -- complete with a sand dune!
The only musical that begins with a voice in the dark saying, "I hate musicals," The Drowsy Chaperone offered a little bit of everything, mostly pretty silly.
For 2009's Fiddler On The Roof, we built a set from scrap lumber, left out in the rain at an abandoned construction site. Audiences were thrilled by the story and the music, giving us several standing ovations.
Guys and Dolls brought to life the colorful and over-the-top characters of writer Damon Runyon. The show offered our audiences a trip in a time machine to the '40s.
Meredith Willson's The Music Man was WCT's most successful production to date -- when we first did it in 1988! This performance in 2007 was even better received by audiences.
What's not to like? Snappy 1930s dialog? Cole Porter Music? "Although I'm not a great romancer, I know that I'm bound to answer when I propose: Anything Goes!"
Rogers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! was our first production in the brand new Woodside Performing Arts Center. Roomy! Great acoustics! Computer controlled scenery!
Prior to 2000, the group we now know as WCT was associated with the Woodside Elementary School. The superintendent of schools at that time was Mr. George Sellman. In addition to directing the well-known Woodside Operetta for the 8th graders, George would periodically get adults together and "let's do a show!" We believe George directed the vast majority of the shows you see in the list below, through 1992. He also performed in a few of them; his wife, Joan, often built costumes.
In the beginning, these shows were produced as fund-raisers for the PTA, and later for the school Foundation. Legend is that one of the early shows raised enough money to buy the school a new mimeograph machine!
George retired in 1986, and directed his last WCT show in 1992. In 2003, a group of former WES parents "resurrected" the Community Theatre; some of these folks are still WCT producers today.
Honoring the tremendous contribution that George Sellman made to the Woodside Community, the theater building at Woodside Elementary School is named for him. Our productions took place in Sellman Auditorium at WES until 2005, when we moved to the newly-built Performing Arts Center at Woodside High School.
Complete List of WCT Shows (as best we can remember them)
2019: Monty Python's Spamalot
2018: My Fair Lady
2013: The Producers
2012: The Sound of Music
2011: South Pacific
2010: The Drowsy Chaperone
2009: Fiddler on the Roof
2008: Guys and Dolls
2007: The Music Man
2006: Anything Goes
2005: War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast
2004: Kiss Me, Kate
2003: Annie Get Your Gun
1992: By The Beautiful Sea
1991: South Pacific
1989: Plain and Fancy
1988: The Music Man
1979: Little Me
1977: Once Upon a Mattress
1975: The Bells are Ringing
1974: High Spirits
1973: Kiss Me, Kate
1971: Dirty Work at the Crossroads
1971: Hello, Dolly!
1969: Anything Goes
1968: The Curious Savage
1967: Call Me Madam
1966?: Petticoat Fever
1965: Where's Charley?
1963: The General is Abroad
1961: Girl Crazy
1959: Frantic Feet II
1957: Frantic Feet I