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Theatre Coppell has entertained and inspired local residents with comedies, dramas and musicals for more than 30 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.


SEASON 36 (2023)

The Odd Couple (Photos)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Photos)

Young Frankenstein (Photos)

Rounding Third (Photos)

The Mousetrap (Photos)

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Photos)

SEASON 35 (2022)

PEROT! American Patriot (Photos)

Ripcord (Photos)

Steel Magnolias (Photos)

Little Shop of Horrors (Photos)

The Miracle Worker (Photos)

A Little House Christmas (Photos)

SEASON 34 (2021)

AMON! The Ultimate Texan (Photos)

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (Photos)

It's a Wonderful Life (Photos)

SEASON 33 (2019 - 2020)

Tell Me On a Sunday (Photos)

Brighton Beach Memoirs (Photos)

The Doggonest Christmas (Photos)

You Can't Take It With You (Photos)

SEASON 32 (2018 - 2019)

Reel Men: The Fitzhugh Brothers (Photos)

Ordinary People (Photos)

Inspecting Carol 

Arsenic and Old Lace

The Wizard of Oz (Photos)

Baby (Photos)

SEASON 31 (2017 - 2018)

Vanities (Photos)

The Little Foxes (Photos)

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Photos)

The Prisoner of Second Avenue (Photos)

Communicating Doors (Photos)

The Bridges of Madison County (Photos)

SEASON 30 (2016 - 2017)


Daddy's Dyin', Who's Got the Will?

Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol 

Reel Men: The Fitzhugh Brothers (two-night show free to season ticket holders)


On Golden Pond


SEASON 29 (2015 - 2016)

Miracle On South Division Street

Rabbit Hole


Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Driving Miss Daisy

Bonnie and Clyde

SEASON 28 (2014 - 2015)

Dr. Cook's Garden

Catch Me If You Can

A Christmas Carol


Over the River and Through the Woods

Little Women

SEASON 27 (2013 - 2014)

Hallelujah Girls

Blithe Spirit


Inherit The Wind

The Nerd


SEASON 26 (2012 - 2013)

The Good Doctor

Bus Stop

Christmas Belles

Our Town

The Foreigner

Thoroughly Modern Millie

SEASON 25 (2011 - 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 (2010 - 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 (2009 - 2010)

Almost, Maine

Steel Magnolias

A Christmas Story


Moon Over Buffalo

Dearly, Beloved


SEASON 22 (2008 - 2009)


Barefoot in the Park

The Homecoming




SEASON 21 (2007 - 2008)



Charlotte’s Web

The Shadow Box

Funny Money


SEASON 20 (2006 - 2007)

Rounding Third

Run for Your Wife



The Jungle Book

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

SEASON 19 (2005 - 2006)


It’s a Wonderful Life

The Mousetrap

The Ransom of Red Chief


SEASON 18 (2004 - 2005)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

A Christmas Story

To Kill a Mockingbird

Don’t Dress for Dinner

Into the Woods

SEASON 17 (2003 - 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 (2002 - 2003)

Thurber Carnival

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Miracle Worker

Alice in Wonderland

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

SEASON 15 (2001 - 2002)

Arsenic and Old Lace

A Christmas Carol

The Fantasticks

The Prince and the Pauper

Peter Pan

SEASON 14 (2000 - 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 (1999 - 2000)

Twelve Angry Men

The Doggonest Christmas

Cotton Patch Gospel


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

My Fair Lady

SEASON 12 (1998 - 1999)

Dedicated to the End (dinner theatre, fundraiser)

The Odd Couple

Charlotte’s Web

Fiddler on the Roof

SEASON 11 (1997 - 1998)

Snot Stew

A Fatal Combination (dinner theatre, fundraiser)

The Magical World of Arthur (magic show, fundraiser)


SEASON 10 (1996 - 1997)

Harvey (reader’s theatre)

Murder at Rutherford House (dinner theatre, fundraiser)

Our Town

House at Pooh Corner

The Sound of Music

SEASON 9 (1995 - 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 (1994 - 1995)

Haunted Grocery Store (Halloween-themed fundraiser)

The Littlest Angel


The Velveteen Rabbit

Hello, Dolly!

SEASON 7 (1993 - 1994)

On Golden Pond (reader's theatre)

Haunted High School (Halloween-themed fundraiser)

Crimes of the Heart

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe


SEASON 6 (1992 - 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 (1991 - 1992)

Haunted Hayride (Halloween-themed fundraiser)

A Christmas Carol

Steel Magnolias

Love Letters (fundraiser)

Charlotte’s Web

The Music Man

SEASON 4 (1990 - 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 (1989 - 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 (1988 - 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 (1988)

Mostly Music (variety show, fundraiser)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

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