The History of Theatre Coppell

Theatre Coppell has entertained and inspired local residents with comedies, dramas and musicals for more than 25 years. Shows were presented at schools and other locations in the area until 1999, when the City of Coppell converted an unused fire station to the Coppell Center for the Arts.

The theatre was established in the mid-1980s as Coppell Community Theatre by a core group of volunteers, most of which are still active in the theatre. The first two shows, presented in 1988, were “Mostly Music,” a variety show fundraiser, and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

The early years included numerous variety shows and fund-raisers. Haunted houses, presented annually, included “Haunted Ghost Town,” “Haunted Hospital,” “Haunted Hayride” and “Haunted Hollywood.”

From the beginning, the theatre has been guided by Wheelice Wilson Jr., who taught theatre at Coppell High School for 36 years. As artistic director of Coppell Community Theatre, he selects shows, marshals volunteers and directs most of the productions.

The theatre shortened its name to Theatre Coppell in May 2005. Supported by the City of Coppell and many local residents, the all-volunteer theatre is a vital part of the community. Six shows are presented each season, including several family-friendly options, a musical and at least one production featuring young cast members. Not surprisingly, plays featuring children often sell out.

TC is governed by its members who are the “nucleus volunteers” who choose to be active throughout the season. Local businesses are invited to support the theatre by sponsoring productions or making donations.

All shows are performed in the “black box theatre” of the Center for the Arts. The theatre is an intimate, 124-seat theatre with seating on three sides of the stage.

A History of Shows at Theatre Coppell

Seasons 13-29 (performed at the Center for the Arts)




Season 29

Aug. 2015-July 2016

Miracle On South Division Street

Rabbit Hole


Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Driving Miss Daisy

Bonnie and Clyde


Season 28

Aug. 2014-July 2015

Dr. Cook's Garden

Catch Me If You Can

A Christmas Carol


Over the River and Through the Woods

Little Women



Season 27


Aug. 2013-July 2014


Hallelujah Girls

Blithe Spirit


Inherit The Wind

The Nerd






Season 26


Aug. 2012-July 2013


The Good Doctor

Bus Stop

Christmas Belles

Our Town

The Foreigner

Thoroughly Modern Millie





Season 25

Aug. 2011-July 2012

Murder at the Howard Johnson’s

Wait Until Dark

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Lost in Yonkers

Love Letters (fundraiser)

The 39 Steps

The Will Rogers Follies



Season 24


Aug. 2010-July 2011

Same Time, Next Year

They’re Playing Our Song

A Little House Christmas

It Could Be Any One of Us


Love Letters (fundraiser)

Jekyll & Hyde, the Musical



Season 23


Aug. 2009-July 2010

Almost, Maine

Steel Magnolias

A Christmas Story


Moon Over Buffalo

Dearly, Beloved




Season 22


Aug. 2008-July 2009


Barefoot in the Park

The Homecoming






Season 21


Aug. 2007-July 2008



Charlotte’s Web

The Shadow Box

Funny Money




Season 20


Aug. 2006-July 2007

Rounding Third

Run for Your Wife



The Jungle Book

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum



Season 19


Oct. 2005-July 2006


It’s a Wonderful Life

The Mousetrap

The Ransom of Red Chief




Season 18


Oct. 2004-July 2005

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

A Christmas Story

To Kill a Mockingbird

Don’t Dress for Dinner

Into the Woods



Season 17


Oct. 2003-July 2004

Over the River and Through the Woods

The Doggonest Christmas

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Annie Get Your Gun



Season 16


Oct. 2002-July 2003

Thurber Carnival

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Miracle Worker

Alice in Wonderland

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas



Season 15


Oct. 2001-July 2002

Arsenic and Old Lace

A Christmas Carol

The Fantasticks

The Prince and the Pauper

Peter Pan



Season 14


Nov. 2000-July 2001

The Magic of Arthur (magic show, fundraiser)

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

On Golden Pond

Babe the Sheep Pig

Guys and Dolls



Season 13

Oct. 1999-July 2000

Twelve Angry Men

The Doggonest Christmas

Cotton Patch Gospel


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

My Fair Lady




Seasons 1-12 (performed mostly at Coppell schools and other venues)

Season 12

Dec. 1998-July 1999

Dedicated to the End (dinner theatre, fundraiser)

The Odd Couple

Charlotte’s Web

Fiddler on the Roof



Season 11


Sept. 1997-May 1998

Snot Stew

A Fatal Combination (dinner theatre, fundraiser)

The Magical World of Arthur (magic show, fundraiser)




Season 10


Sept. 1996-July 1997

Harvey (reader’s theatre)

Murder at Rutherford House (dinner theatre, fundraiser)

Our Town

House at Pooh Corner

The Sound of Music



Season 9


Sept. 1995-July 1996

The Diary of Anne Frank (reader’s theatre)

Alice in Horrorland (Halloween-themed fundraiser)

Gift of the Magi

Lost in Yonkers

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz




Season 8


Oct. 1994-July 1995

Haunted Grocery Store (Halloween-themed fundraiser)

The Littlest Angel


The Velveteen Rabbit

Hello, Dolly!



Season 7


Sept. 1993-July 1994

On Golden Pond (readers’ theatre)

Haunted High School (Halloween-themed fundraiser)

Crimes of the Heart

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe




Season 6


Oct. 1992-July 1993

Haunted Hollywood (Halloween-themed fundraiser)

A Christmas Carol

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

You Can’t Take It With You (reader’s theatre)

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Big River



Season 5


Oct. 1991-July 1992

Haunted Hayride (Halloween-themed fundraiser)

A Christmas Carol

Steel Magnolias

Love Letters (fundraiser)

Charlotte’s Web

The Music Man



Season 4


Oct. 1990-July 1991

Haunted Hospital (Halloween-themed fundraiser)

The Fantasticks

God’s Favorite (reader’s theatre)

An Evening of One-Acts:  The Diaries of Adam and Eve, Afternoon at the Seaside, September Song




Season 3


Oct. 1989-July 1990

Haunted Ghost Town (Halloween-themed fundraiser)

How to Eat Like a Child

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Mostly Music III (variety show, fundraiser)

Three one-act plays:  Plaza Suite Act 3, This Property is Condemned, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You




Season 2


Oct. 1988-Aug. 1989

The House That Jack Ripped (Halloween-themed fundraiser)

Ten Little Indians

Mostly Music II (variety show, fundraiser)

Little Shop of Horrors (produced in conjunction with Poco Mas – Greater Lewisville Community Theatre)



Season 1


Feb. 1988-Aug. 1988

Mostly Music (variety show, fundraiser)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum