What with all of the bad DISD news these days, here’s a good story about Woodrow and its famed musical production. Last year, DISD’s award-winning School Zone Dallas television show — written, produced and directed by DISD students — followed the entire Woodrow musical process from start to finish. The most recent School Zone show features a pretty lengthy video segment about the musical, and it you have the time and neighborhood knowledge, you can turn the 10-minute-or-so portion of the show that features Woodrow into a who’s who of neighborhood residents.

For example, among the many people I knew who were filmed were Vickie Thompson (who also heads up the Lakewood 4th of July parade), Sam Harrington (a Woodrow grad who has worked on the musical’s stage sets for a long time), Maria Luna (who has a daughter the same age as our oldest son), Marsha Faram (whose headed up last year’s musical), Diana Goldberg (whose set designs for this student musical rival those on Broadway), Mike Buchanan (a stage worker and attorney who doubles as one of the volunteer coaches of Woodrow’s mock trial team), Bryce Romney (a Woodrow senior who was selected for this year’s School Zone staff), John Beaird and Sean Morrison (Woodrow’s theater and choir directors) and literally hundreds of other neighborhood residents. Click on the link, watch the show and let me know how many people you recognize.

Among the show’s interesting statistics: Last year’s musical, The Sound of Music, benefited from more than 10,000 volunteer hours and played to more than 4,000 guests. Pretty impressive numbers for a neighborhood production.

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