ShenanArts presents Woody

ShenanArts is pleased to announce an upcoming production of Woody, a musical about the life of Woodrow Wilson.

Woody  tells the story of Wilson’s birth in Staunton and of his formative years, reveals the influences of strong women in his life, and highlights his accomplishments as the leader some historians have called “one of the 10 most important presidents of the United States.”

Woody is truly a homegrown show!  The musical about Staunton’s Favorite Son was written and composed by Richard Adams, local musician, performer and award-winning educator.  It was first performed in 2004/2005.

This revival production features new characters, new songs, a new staging concept and script adaptations and additions by Diane Stewart, who is also directing this production.  Musical direction is by Richard Adams.  Scenic and lighting design is by Michael Martin.

The cast features Brian Holsopple as Woodrow Wilson, Jenny Howard as Ellen Axson Wilson, Grayson Katzenbach, Rachel Dixon and Katy Laser as Wilson’s daughters, and Chrystal McKee as Edith Bolling Wilson.  Other members of the ensemble include David Blackmon, Ben Houseknecht, Sherry Talbott, Bob Wright, Barbara Wimble, Hannah Woodrum, Scott Woofter, Victoria Berry, Mack Swift, Den Frumen, Matthew Riley and Grayson Reed.


Performance Dates:  Feb. 24, 25 and March 2, 3 at 7:00 pm.  Matinees on Feb. 26 and March 4, at 3:00 pm.

A Dinner Theatre package is available for Saturday evening performances.   Enjoy a fabulous dinner in the same building, and simply walk down the hall to the theatre venue.  For menu, please visit

Performance Location:  The nTelos Theatre at Gypsy Hill Place (Old Lee High School), 300 Churchville Avenue, Staunton

Tickets are on sale now at  or by calling the Box Office at 540.712.0001.


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