Schutze

While Glee's Off For Two Weeks, a True-Life, Tigertoned Alternative at Woodrow Wilson

Here's proof, as if we needed it, that Woodrow Wilosn is the one high school in Dallas capable of producing high-achieving graduates not afraid to appear in international situations wearing odd pants. We offer this photo of Woodrow Wilson High School Over-and-Over Achiever Thomas Simpson and the Princeton University Tigertones glee club, of which Simpson's a member, appearing in Bermuda with His Excellency Sir Richard Gozny. We confess that Unfair Park had to Google Sir Richard to find out what's so excellent about him. He's the British "Governor and Commander" of Bermuda. Don't we wish we had one.

But anybody from East Dallas knows what's excellent about young Simpson. He was a star in the Woodrow Musicals, including the 50th, Fiddler on the Roof, in which played Lazar Wolf, the rich butcher. Simpson was a National Merit Scholar, named "Best Advocate" in the Texas Mock Trial Team competition and was one of a record seven Woodrow Wildcats sent to the Texas High School Coaches Association 2007 Academic All-State Football Team. Then he followed his old man, former Dallas city councilman Lee Simpson, to Princeton.



Anyway, this is all apropos of an upcoming appearance of the Tigertones (or tee-tees, as we call them here on Unfair Park) on November 2 at 7 p.m. in the Woodrow Wilson High School Auditorium. Tickets will be $10 at the door.

It's part of Woodrow's annual Dessert Theatre, which will also include performances by the Woodrow Choir, Woodrow Dance Troupes, Woodrow Variations Show Choir, Counterpoint Show Choir and J.L. Long Middle School Expectations Show Choir. Our advice? Arrive early, bring a good attitude and an even better seat cushion, sit near the door.

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Jim Schutze has been the city columnist for the Dallas Observer since 1998. He has been a recipient of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies’ national award for best commentary and Lincoln University’s national Unity Award for writing on civil rights and racial issues. In 2011 he was admitted to the Texas Institute of Letters.
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