Wildcat soccer, tennis, softball and baseball teams have all advanced to the playoffs this spring.

So it should come as no surprise that the one-act play has advanced to state competition. They’ve been there many times.

Perhaps we should say that the Shakespeare festival is held at both ends of the street – Samuell/Grand/Tenison Park and in our own “Globe” on Glasgow, the auditorium at Woodrow.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” stars many of your favorites from “Oz” and is directed by our “California choreographer,” Patricia Hardman. How do these kids do it? Time management is definitely a discipline taught at Woodrow.

Remind me to tell you about the time the Dallas Theater Center brought its rock and roll version of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” to our stage circa 1975. Our English teacher, Margaret Dunlap, cared about as much for that production as she did for Cliff Notes.

Kool Kats

Mrs. Bircher and Mrs. Hardman were both sporting matching “I Do Shows” pins at the musical . . . Flying by Foy (from the famous vaudeville family) was flown in from Vegas to pitch the witch . . . eight cast members from the 1968 shows had children in this “Oz” . . .  others were also of the second and third generation. Wildcat surnames Crabb, Dalton, Claxton, Sherman, Hinkckley, Milbank, Bones, Gaspard, Kuessel, Holt and Worrall were among the legacies I spotted in the program. Did you see more?

Omitted from a past column was Marianne Patterson Beattie, ’36, mother to ’68 witch Nancy and grandmother to the Ewerts. There have been only two sponsors of the Pan-American Student Forum at Woodrow in its 69-year history, Ms. Parrett and Mable Turman, whose last name was left out of last month’s column.

If you have any information on any class reunions, please send it to me as soon as possible for publication.

Kyle Rains, a neighborhood resident and Woodrow graduate, writes about the school and its alums. Send comments to him at 6301 Gaston, Suite 820, Dallas 75214; FAX to 214-823-8866; or e-mail to editor@advocatemag.com.

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