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Intermediate (6th-8th) Productions
Anne of Green Gables
2023 PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
DATES: May 18th-20th
This new dramatization captures the charm and excitement of Lucy Maude Montgomery's enduring classic about an orphan girl, Anne Shirley, from her first encounter with her austere guardian to her thrilling graduation from Queen's Academy. The play faithfully recreates the memorable events and characters from the brilliant novel. All the tragedies and triumphs that mark Anne's growth from adolescence to early adulthood are here!
High School Productions
2023 PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
DATES: April 21st-22nd and 28th-30th
WAWM Program Book Manager
Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest…and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him—most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart and humor, BIG FISH is an extraordinary musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre—for an experience that’s richer, funnier and bigger than life itself.
- Tuesday, February 7th at West Allis Central - 8516 W. Lincoln Ave.
- Wednesday, February 8th at - Nathan Hale 11601 W. Lincoln Ave.
For more information about Auditions, please visit wawmtheater.com/auditions.
Scott first started in theater as an actor and production designer for many years with several professional theater groups in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota before starting as the Resident Director in 1994 at West Allis Central High School. He also was Resident Director at Mukwonago High School for several years. He is thrilled to now serve as the Managing Director of the West Allis/West Milwaukee (WAWM) Community Youth Theater Program. His passion for teaching theater, by offering an outlet for young people to show off their acting, singing, and dancing skills, has been a dream come true for the past 30 years. Scott hopes to further develop this new theater program by offering more opportunities to the kids in the WAWM communities by expanding the number of productions and introducing new theater-based programs to the elementary schools in the district.
Director: Newsies Jr.
A native of Milwaukee, David chaired the theater program at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts for 15 years before moving to Minnesota to pursue his MFA in Directing. After 29 years of teaching and directing at many theater companies throughout the United States, he returned to Milwaukee to serve as Director of Theater at University Lake School for two years. Milwaukee Magazine also awarded him “Arts Educator of the Year” in 1998. David is currently working for Milwaukee Public Schools as the facilitator for the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. He is thrilled to be part of the directing team in this inaugural year of the WAWM Community Youth Theater Program.
Director: Anne of Green Gables and Clue
Peggy has been working with the WAWM schools for 26 years. Before that, she worked as Production Stage Manager at First Stage Milwaukee and stage managed at a number of theaters in her hometown of Chicago. Her favorite part of the job is watching the kids learn, grow, and mature from first rehearsal to strike, from show to show, and year to year. Along with life lessons, Peggy hopes that some of her passion for theater has rubbed off on the kids.
Jordans love of theater began when he was in the fifth grade and his participation with theater in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District began his freshman year of high school when he performed in Cinderella under the direction of Scott Girmscheid. Through college, Pollard served as the assistant director for the Central High School plays. After graduating from Carroll University with a degree in elementary education, he accepted a teaching position in the WA-WM School District as a fourth- and fifth-grade educator, and also began assistant directing the musicals at Central High School. During the 2016-2017 school year, he began directing the Central musicals, West Milwaukee Intermediate musicals, and started the summer Youth Theater program through the WAWM RCS Department. Over the years, Pollard has continued performing with various community theater organizations in southeastern Wisconsin. One of the biggest rewards of being a part of the WAWM theater team is getting to see his elementary students develop their love for the stage and having the opportunity to watch them grow as people and performers as they pursue their theater passions throughout intermediate and high school.
Director: Spamalot: Young at Part
Heather is the Director of Bands at West Allis Central High School. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Lawrence University, where she studied in the studio of David Bell. She has been in music theater for the past 16 years, performing in over 50 pit orchestras as a woodwind specialist. Some of her favorite performances include The Wild Party (All-In Productions) and The Drowsy Chaperone (Box Theatre). She has also performed as a clarinetist as a member of the Knightwind Ensemble and Vento Winds, and appeared as a featured vocal soloist with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Figeac, France. Ms. Gandre has served on the leadership team as a director and music director in numerous musicals in the WAWM School District. She is thrilled to share her love of theater with all her students!