June 16, 2024

Wonder Theatre Opens at Wonderland of the Americas

Balcones Heights, TX — Wonder Theatre, a renowned non-profit organization dedicated to live performance, has officially opened its doors at the Wonderland of the Americas. Established in 2012, Wonder Theatre has been a vibrant part of the San Antonio community, engaging audiences with musical productions and educational programming throughout the year.

A Commitment to the Arts

Wonder Theatre’s mission is to foster and sustain performing arts and education in San Antonio. It strives to create opportunities for the community by providing high-quality, entertaining, educational, and affordable programming for all ages. The theatre produces six Mainstage musical shows each year, ranging from beloved classics like “Anything Goes” and “Hello, Dolly!” to contemporary favorites such as “In The Heights” and Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” as well as more adult-oriented productions like “Avenue Q” and “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.”

A Premier Venue

Located at the Wonderland of the Americas, Wonder Theatre offers an intimate setting with a beautifully designed lobby and a full-service concession stand. The theatre seats 234 guests on the main floor and provides free parking, making it an accessible and comfortable venue for all attendees.

Inclusive and Talented Performers

Wonder Theatre is known for its inclusive approach, holding open auditions for every production and welcoming San Antonio area performing artists to participate. Audition details are posted on the theatre’s website. Performers over the age of 18 receive a small stipend for their contributions. Each production features a live orchestra, with musicians selected according to the specific needs of the Musical Director.

Recognized Excellence

Wonder Theatre has earned numerous accolades, including several Alamo Theatre Arts Council Globe Awards for various categories such as Direction, Lead Actor/Actress, Supporting Actor/Actress, Sound Design, Scene Design, Choreography, Music Direction, and the People’s Choice Award. The theatre was also voted “Best Community Theatre” by The San Antonio Current for five consecutive years from 2014 to 2018.

A Storied Past

The roots of Wonder Theatre trace back to the historic Woodlawn Theatre, which opened in 1945. Designed by acclaimed architect John Eberson, the theatre has a rich history, including hosting the world premiere of John Wayne’s “The Alamo” in 1960. Over the decades, the venue underwent various transformations, including a stint as a laser show venue and concert hall.

In 2006, the theatre was revitalized as a community theatre, and in 2012, it became a non-profit under the guidance of Kurt and Sherry Wehner. The venue not only hosted Broadway-style shows but also developed an educational program for young performers through the Woodlawn Academy for the Performing Arts. Recognized as a historic structure by the City of San Antonio in 2013, the theatre became a landmark of the community.

In 2023, the theatre rebranded as Wonder Theatre and relocated to the Wonderland of the Americas, continuing its legacy of enriching San Antonio’s cultural landscape.

Engaging the Community

Wonder Theatre invites everyone to experience its diverse range of musical theatre productions. With its new location and continued dedication to quality and community engagement, Wonder Theatre is set to be a cornerstone of performing arts in San Antonio for years to come.

For more information on upcoming shows, auditions, and educational programs, visit the Wonder Theatre website or follow them on social media.