WHSTF History

 

Festival Site & Showcase Summary

 

YearFestival SiteShowcase ShowProducer
1991UW-OshkoshFoxfire
Moon Children
The Cherry Orchard
Racine Theatre Guild Shorewood HS
UW-Milwaukee (PTTP)
1992UW-La CrosseThe Heidi Chronicles
Crimes of the Heart Oklahoma!
Quilters
UW-Stout
Viterbo College
Madison West HS
Waukesha Civic Theatre
1993UW-Stevens PointSteel Magnolias
1776
Nicolet HS
UW-Stevens Point
1994UW-WhitewaterNunsense
Dancing at Lughnasa
Brookfield Central HS
UW-Whitewater
1995UW-Stevens PointInto the Woods
Tartuffe
Wild Oats
Wausau West HS
UW-Stevens Point Dominican HS
1996UW-WhitewaterNoises 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
1997UW-Stevens PointCabaret
Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat
The Diviners
Hartford Union HS Luxemburg-Casco Sr HS Greendale HS
1998UW-WhitewaterOut of Order
Godspell
Middleton HS
Kenosha Bradford HS
1999UW-La Crosse and Viterbo CollegeWorking
The Wizard of Oz
Shorewood HS
La Crosse Logan HS
2000UW-WhitewaterThe Night Thoreau Spent
in Jail
Cinderella
Superior Senior HS Appleton North HS
2001UW-Stevens PointOur Town QuiltersNorthland Pines HS
Wis. Rapids Lincoln HS
2002UW-WhitewaterFootloose
A Chorus Line
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ellsworth HS
Wauwatosa West HS
Nicolet HS
2003UW-La Crosse and Viterbo CollegeRags
Bat Boy the Musical
Appleton West HS
Kenosha Bradford HS
2004UW-WhitewaterPirates of Penzance
Of Thee I Sing
Dominican HS
Verona Area HS
2005UW-OshkoshScapino!Middleton HS
2006UW-WhitewaterThe Three Sisters Urinetown: The MusicalDominican HS
Shorewood HS
2007UW-Stevens PointMarvin’s Room
Anything Goes
The Prairie School, Racine Verona Area HS
2008UW-La Crosse and Viterbo CollegeCharley’s Aunt
Miss Saigon
Nicolet HS
Appleton North HS
2009UW-WhitewaterA Midsummer Night’s Dream Dark of the MoonJefferson HS
Beloit Memorial HS
2010UW-OshkoshRabbit Hole
Seussical
Kenosha Tremper HS
Gibraltar HS
2011UW-WhitewaterThe Torch Bearers
The Phantom of the Opera
Waterford Union HS
Appleton North HS
2012UW-Stevens PointThe Birds
Once on This Island
Shawano Community HS
Dominican HS
2013Waunakee HSLeaving Iowa
Spamalot
Badger HS
Verona Area HS
2014Viterbo UniversityJourney to the West
Hello! My Baby
Appleton North HS
Indian Trail HS & Academy
2015UW-WhitewaterThe Scarlet Heart
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Wis. Rapids Lincoln HS
Middleton HS
2016UW-Stevens PointRwanda & Juliet
La Cage Aux Folles
UW–Madison Arts Institute UW-Stevens Point
2017UW-WhitewaterNoises Off
Peter and the Starcatcher
Waukesha West HS
Middleton HS
2018Viterbo UniversitySeveral contest one-acts
2019UW-MilwaukeeAll My Sons
Joseph and the Amazing
     Technicolor Dreamcoat
A Piece of My Heart
Whitefish Bay HS
Reedsburg HS
UW-Milwaukee

Timeline

 

1930

WHSFA begins contest in “dramatics.”

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

1991

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.

2016

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

2018

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