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John Wilkerson and Margaret Shafer Wilkerson

John Wilkerson received his Bachelor of Music Education from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (now Shenandoah University.) He completed his graduate work in vocal performance at the State University of New York and placed third in the Metropolitan Opera competition. At the college, high school, and grade school levels, he taught voice classes, private voice, music theory, music appreciation, choir and band. He wrote curriculum, served as head of the Music Dept., and directed many theatrical productions. As an athlete who also coached tennis and football, he instills in all of his students the discipline and drive to attain their personal best. In professional theatre, he has produced, directed and designed numerous musicals and plays.  As a performer, John is not only known for his vocal prowess, but for his acting skills and ability to convey the emotion and meaning of a piece with amazing subtlety. Broadway: a starring role in "Abby's Song," "State Fair" with John Davidson, Andrea McArdle and Donna McKechnie, and "Peter Pan" with Cathy Rigby. National tours: "Brigadoon" with John Schneider, "Man of La Mancha" with Ed Ames, "State Fair", and "Peter Pan." In the national tour of "South Pacific" he understudied Michael Nouri, and then Robert Goulet in the role of "Emile" and was privileged to play the role many times, receiving standing ovations and critical acclaim. John was also noted for his portrayal of the President of the United States in the political drama "Conflict of Interest" at the much-honored New Federal Theatre in Manhattan.  He has enjoyed starring roles in several world premieres and in many regional productions including "Don Quixote" in "Man of La Mancha." "Frederick" in "A Little Night Music," "Daddy Warbucks" in "Annie," "Henry Higgins" in "My Fair Lady," "Ben Stone" in "Follies," and "Tevye" in "Fiddler on the Roof." He is very proud to have played "Emile" in the Dallas Theatre Center production of "South Pacific" which was nationally acclaimed. He has appeared in numerous operas and operettas, with philharmonics and chamber orchestras and in the City Center Encores! Series. He has founded successful theatre companies and has guided students to fulfillment in the arts for many years. 

Margaret Shafer is originally from Dallas. She appeared in the Broadway revival of "The Sound of Music" with Richard Chamberlain (and was fortunate to meet several of the real Von Trapp children!) She was in the First National Touring company of  "Kiss Me, Kate" with Rex Smith in which she played the title role many times and in the recent national tour of "South Pacific," with husband John Wilkerson. New York credits include City Centers prestigious "Encores! Series" productions of "Out of This World," "Sweet Adeline" and "New Moon," under the supervision of renowned conductor, Rob Fisher. She was invited by Mr. Fisher to sing on Prairie Home Companion's Salute to Broadway, performed live on NPR. Some favorite regional roles include "Lalume" in "Kismet" - Lyric Stage, "Maria" in "The Sound of Music" - Yorktown Stage, NY, "Betty Blake" in "Will Rogers Follies" - Surflight Theatre, "Christine" in "Phantom" - Papermill Playhouse, "Lady Jaquie" in "Me and My Girl" - Casa Manana,  "Fay Templeton" in "George M" - Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, "Dolly" in "Hello, Dolly" - Surflight,  "Margaret" in "Oh, Coward!" and 'Pamela" in the British farce "Out of Order"  - Centennial Theatre Fest, CT,  "Emily" in "State Fair" - About Time Prod., "Agnes" in "I Do, I Do!" - Labyrinth Theatre, and so many more.   She has been thrilled to work with Tony and Emmy award-winning directors and choreographers and with many of the most talented American and British theatre performers from whom she learned so much. Margaret has appeared in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada, Tokyo a Republican National Convention and as soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She can be heard on the cast recordings of The Sound of Music (Broadway Revival), Out of This World (City Center), Tip-Toes (Gershwin Trust) and Simple Gifts, a holiday CD by the Broadway Nuns. She has guided students to fulfilling and prestigious performance programs, and to finding the best application of their talent, skills and desire. 

John and Margaret are the proud parents of Shafer Wilkerson, and of John's son , Michael. Michael is husband to Marcia and father to Jack, Payton and Lily.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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