Variations, Counterpoints to Take Stage

Variations — Photo by LuAnn Shank

Community Contribution

The annual Woodrow Wilson High School Variations and Counterpoint Show Choirs Gala takes place at 4 p.m., March 6, at the Dallas Children’s Theater on Skillman Street. A reception follows the show.

This section of the Performing Arts College Preparatory Academy at Woodrow is directed by John Beaird and Kent Ellingson, formerly of the Arts Magnet at Booker T. Washington.

Directors work with all students, perfecting voice, drama, dance, and stage presence. The groups are choreographed by Bessie Wadill, a 2002 alumna who owns Studio B Dance.

Tickets cost $15 at the door. For more information call (214) 616-4047.

Variations was first formed in 1978-79 by Marca Lee Bircher to perform at the school’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Members of the show choirs exhibit talent beyond the stage. They excel in all aspects of high school from athletics to community service. Most members are honor students and members of the National Honor Society and a few are members of the National Merit Scholarship.

Many former members are pursuing careers in performing arts and are active in film and on the Broadway stage. Two recent members are in the Theatre Department at Yale and another is president of the Princeton Tigertones.

Thanks to Woodrow über-alum Kyle Rains for forwarding the information.


  1. Beverly Regan

    Bruce, Woodrow Gala has been moved to 4:00.
    One of DCT’s own performances was rescheduled because of the ice days.

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