WHSTF History


Festival Site & Showcase Summary


Year Festival Site Showcase Show Producer
1991 UW-Oshkosh Foxfire
Moon Children
The Cherry Orchard
Racine Theatre Guild Shorewood HS
UW-Milwaukee (PTTP)
1992 UW-La Crosse The Heidi Chronicles
Crimes of the Heart Oklahoma!
Viterbo College
Madison West HS
Waukesha Civic Theatre
1993 UW-Stevens Point Steel Magnolias
Nicolet HS
UW-Stevens Point
1994 UW-Whitewater Nunsense
Dancing at Lughnasa
Brookfield Central HS
1995 UW-Stevens Point Into the Woods
Wild Oats
Wausau West HS
UW-Stevens Point Dominican HS
1996 UW-Whitewater Noises Off
The Colored Museum and
Pullman Car Hiawatha
42nd Street
The Crucible
Kettle Moraine HS Milwaukee Plus XI HS Verona Area HS
Appleton West HS
1997 UW-Stevens Point Cabaret
Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat
The Diviners
Hartford Union HS Luxemburg-Casco Sr HS Greendale HS
1998 UW-Whitewater Out of Order
Middleton HS
Kenosha Bradford HS
1999 UW-La Crosse and Viterbo College Working
The Wizard of Oz
Shorewood HS
La Crosse Logan HS
2000 UW-Whitewater The Night Thoreau Spent
in Jail
Superior Senior HS Appleton North HS
2001 UW-Stevens Point Our Town Quilters Northland Pines HS
Wis. Rapids Lincoln HS
2002 UW-Whitewater Footloose
A Chorus Line
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ellsworth HS
Wauwatosa West HS
Nicolet HS
2003 UW-La Crosse and Viterbo College Rags
Bat Boy the Musical
Appleton West HS
Kenosha Bradford HS
2004 UW-Whitewater Pirates of Penzance
Of Thee I Sing
Dominican HS
Verona Area HS
2005 UW-Oshkosh Scapino! Middleton HS
2006 UW-Whitewater The Three Sisters Urinetown: The Musical Dominican HS
Shorewood HS
2007 UW-Stevens Point Marvin’s Room
Anything Goes
The Prairie School, Racine Verona Area HS
2008 UW-La Crosse and Viterbo College Charley’s Aunt
Miss Saigon
Nicolet HS
Appleton North HS
2009 UW-Whitewater A Midsummer Night’s Dream Dark of the Moon Jefferson HS
Beloit Memorial HS
2010 UW-Oshkosh Rabbit Hole
Kenosha Tremper HS
Gibraltar HS
2011 UW-Whitewater The Torch Bearers
The Phantom of the Opera
Waterford Union HS
Appleton North HS
2012 UW-Stevens Point The Birds
Once on This Island
Shawano Community HS
Dominican HS
2013 Waunakee HS Leaving Iowa
Badger HS
Verona Area HS
2014 Viterbo University Journey to the West
Hello! My Baby
Appleton North HS
Indian Trail HS & Academy
2015 UW-Whitewater The Scarlet Heart
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Wis. Rapids Lincoln HS
Middleton HS
2016 UW-Stevens Point Rwanda & Juliet
La Cage Aux Folles
UW–Madison Arts Institute UW-Stevens Point
2017 UW-Whitewater Noises Off
Peter and the Starcatcher
Waukesha West HS
Middleton HS
2018 Viterbo University Several contest one-acts
2019 UW-Milwaukee All My Sons
Joseph and the Amazing
     Technicolor Dreamcoat
A Piece of My Heart
Whitefish Bay HS
Reedsburg HS




WHSFA begins contest in “dramatics.”

For many years, the contest was held in Stevens Point.


WHSFA teams up with UW-Madison’s Division of Continuing Studies to offer a more comprehensive festival with educational programming and outreach along with rotation to several partner universities (see list to the left).

The Alliance for Wisconsin Theatre Education (AWTE) also plays a pivotal role in supporting educator professional development and support of programming at the festival.


The Wisconsin Thespians (Educational Theatre Association affiliate) begins offering Individual Events at the festival.


UW-Madison’s Division of Continuing Studies discontinues programming in Theatre; WHSFA takes over coordination of the overall festival.