After 12 amazing years as the Technical Director at Wakeland, I am leaving to pursue a new path. This past spring I applied at the University of Central Florida, specifically to their inaugural MFA program in Theatre – Themed Experiences, and was accepted. The decision to move forward with the program was not taken lightly, and there were many tears as I wrestled with the decision. However, those of you who know me well know that themed experiences (ie: theme park design), is something I am deeply passionate about. Truly, your creativity and spirit is what has given me the courage to take this leap.
While this is very exciting for me and my family, it is also very bittersweet. How am I supposed to say goodbye to all of you? I can’t even begin to tell you all how much you mean to me, and how much I will miss each of you. You are all amazing. It has been an honor being your technical director, and I look forward to seeing the amazing things that each of you accomplishes in the future. I hope we can all get together one more time before we leave so that I can see you again! Thank you for being exactly who you are.
Love you 3000.
– Mrs. Leffel
Join us for a Drama Club event each month of the summer!
- June 14th- Flag Day party @6pm
-Celebrate Flag Day by bringing a food item from your favorite country to Isa’s House!
-Bring a swimsuit and towel
- July 20th- Once Upon a Mattress watch party
-Come watch next years musical Once Upon a Mattress with us!
-Time and Location TBA
- August 17th-“Howdy” beginning of the year party
-Celebrate the start of the school year at Pinstack on August 17th from 5-7pm.
-The cost will be $20 per person which includes dinner, unlimited soda, and 2 hours of bowling and games!
Welcome to Drama Club!
2022-2023 Drama Club Officers
Co-Presidents: Piper Mackie & Garrett Bohannan
Vice President: Katherine Bracy
Secretary: Hanna Brookshire
Social Media: Ella Schrack
Historian: Emma De La Paz
Activities: Elena Canton & Gwyneth Miller
Facilities Manager: Calista Cusano
Middle School Programs: Sofia Shopska
Freshman Advisor: Riley Chester
Each year the Wakeland High School National Honor Society organizes Angel Tree donations through Small World with Love. This year the Wakeland Theatre Department has volunteered to adopt two Angels for our school. If you would like to make a donation please use the Sign Up Genius link below. All donations must be brought to Wakeland by the end of the day on Monday, November 26th. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to let me know.
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Hey Wolverine Theatre Seniors!
Make sure you get your Senior Wills submitted for approval by the end of the day on Tuesday, May 29th! You will not be allowed to present at banquet without prior approval.
All Senior Wills MUST be appropriate for all audiences, including your parents, grandparents and administrators. They must relate directly to your time in Wakeland Theatre and should not be general “I love you and will miss you” gifts. You may will to a maximum of 2 people. Deadline to submit your Wills is Tuesday, May 29th at 5:00PM.
Example of an appropriate Senior Will: “I am willing Samantha my set of paintbrushes. I’ve taken great care of them over the past four years and look forward to seeing what you will paint with them in the next few years.” or “Sam and I have been through a lot backstage over the past few years. I’m willing you my backstage clipboard so that you can always keep me around.”
Example of an inappropriate Senior Will: “I’m willing you this bag of random stuff because I went to the store and all these things reminded me of you.” or “I’m willing you this thing related to an inside joke that no one else will understand”
If you are not sure if your Will qualifies, please speak with Mrs. Dalfonzo and Mrs. Leffel about it ahead of time, and they will help you with that determination.
Link to Submit – https://goo.gl/forms/nEvUpsv1Th7e2vxm1
On behalf of the Nominating Committee, I would like to present you with the 2018-19 proposed Wakeland Theatre Booster Club Officer Slate.
- President – Kristi Ray
- Vice President – Lorraine Mann
- Secretary – Cheryl Doerr
- Treasurer – Deb Morrin
- Parliamentarian – Julie Stutts
The Nominating Committee is excited about this slate and feel they will do a great job for the group. Voting of the officer positions will take place during a short business meeting at banquet on May 31st.
Last night students from Wakeland High School gathered to attend the 2018 Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards program at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas.
Wolverine Theatre’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was nominated in two catagories: Best Leading Actress and Best Orchestra.
Jr. Elizabeth Dye was thrilled to be nominated for Best Leading Actress for her portrayal of Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Not only was Elizabeth able to perform on the DSM stage with the other eight category nominees she also had the opportunity to walk the red carpet, participate in the opening number and perform with Tony Award Winner Victoria Clark in a production number from The Light in the Piazza during the show. It was an evening she won’t soon forget.
Though Best Orchestra nominees don’t perform at the awards show Wakeland’s incredibly talented band and orchestra students, under the direction of Kevin Jones, had an enjoyable evening participating in the ceremony as well.
In addition to Best Actress and Best Orchestra nominations, Senior Mark Doerr was awarded one of ten Dallas Summer Musicals Ambassador Scholarships for students who have shown committment and involvement to theatre throughout high school but are not pursuing theatre in college. Mark, who played Gaston in this year’s production, hopes to one day play the Oboe in Broadway Pit Orchestras.
Wolverine Theatre’s production was an honorable mention nominee in seven additional categories: Choreography, Scenic Design, Costume Design, Stage Crew/Technical Execution, Ensemble/Chorus, Supporting Actress (Leah Zalenski as Mrs. Potts), and Featured Actor (Ryan Roddy as Lumiere).
All schools who participate in the DSM program are invited to send two students from their production to participate in the program finale. Chosen by the directors, Senior Riley Budd and Sophomore Matthew Reno represented Wolverine Theatre this year and had a great time performing an inspiring number from Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen.
We are so proud of our entire Fine Arts program at Wakeland High School!
Next Wednesday, May 23rd, Wakeland High School students will be participating in our first Carnival for a Cure day to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. (This event is not open to the public).
Wolverine Theatre, in collaboration with the Wakeland Art Department, will be sponsoring and running the Sidewalk Chalk event and we are in need of sidewalk chalk donations. If you would like to help please send in sidewalk chalk by the end of the day on Monday, May 21st – any brand will do! The student that brings in the most chalk will be rewarded with a $10 gift card to the restaurant of their choice! Chalk can be turned in to Mrs. Leffel in F106 or Mrs. Garza in B114.
Thank you for your support!!!!
Tomorrow, May 15th, is the absolute last day to turn in your banquet RSVP and your banquet payment. You don’t want to miss out on a fun evening of inductions, awards, food and games! Our booster club officers will be up at school at 4:30 tomorrow to pick up all payments. Please print the form at the bottom of this post and return it with your check, made out to the Wakeland Theatre Booster Club.
Remember, banquet is when we induct our new ITS members, announce our ITS officers for next year, give out all of the student voted awards, recap the year, eat and announce next years show! I promise you won’t want to miss it!!!!
Your $25 ticket includes dinner and a $10 Dave & Busters game play card (for students only). If you have any questions please see Mrs. Leffel or Mrs. Dalfonzo before the end of the day on Monday.
We are also still taking nominations for our 2018-2019 Booster Club Officers. If you are interested, or you would like to recommend someone for a position please let Julie Cottrell know right away. Please see the post for Booster Officer Nominations for additional details. We hope you will consider serving in this capacity.