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Woodlawn Theater cast moves to former Santikos Bijou space in Wonderland of the Americas mall

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The move will take place early next year.

“We’re kind of packed,” said Christopher Rodriguez, Woodlawn’s executive and creative director. “Even though we love this region and this space, we were able to talk to the wonderland of the Americas to see if we could work together. As soon as the Jewel freed up, we started having conversations, and we had felt like it was going to be perfect.

Santikos closed the Bijou in April.

The mission of community theater remains the same. He will continue to produce musical theatre. She will also continue her academy, which offers musical theater training for all ages. And its outreach program, which provides artist and educational opportunities to nonprofits in the city, will also continue.

“I always feel like everyone sees our shows, and that’s what we’re known for, but there’s so much more going on under the surface,” said Rodriguez, who has been with the association for a short time. soon after its launch in 2012.

The company will be renamed because it will no longer be at the Woodlawn, Rodriguez said.

The historic theater on Fredericksburg Road dates back to 1945.

Renovations will be needed to prepare the movie theater at six Wonderland of the Americas auditoriums for live shows and classes. To this end, a fundraising campaign will be announced shortly.

The opening date of the new space will depend on the speed of fundraising. Supply chain issues could also impact the project, Rodriguez said.

The remainder of the company’s 2022 season will go ahead as planned. The final shows on the main stage in the Woodlawn Theater building will be “A Chorus Line,” August 12 through September 12. 4; “The Color Purple”, September 30-Oct. 23; and “White Christmas”, from November 25 to December 25. 23.

There will also be events designed to give artists the chance to say goodbye to the old theatre.

“We know there will be challenges as we try to move everything we’ve accumulated over 10 years,” Rodriguez said, noting that her desk alone is full of props, wigs and a few sets. “Might be looking for a Woodlawn Flea Market.”

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