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 West Middle School Presents "The Wiz Jr." with Live Orchestra

12/4/2018 12:00 AM

​The Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Program and West Middle School present "The W​iz​ Jr.​​” A beloved Broadway gem, “The Wiz” infuses L. Frank Baum's “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel and soul music. This timeless tale of Dorothy's adventures through the Land of Oz is a fun, family-friendly, modern musical that was also adapted into a film version featuring Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. 

West Middle School has been buzzing since the musical was announced last year. After studying "The Wiz" in CAPA classes, students spent this year crafting their own production of the musical onstage and offstage. CAPA students have the opportunity to learn, create and work with professionals on technical aspects of the production including building the set, designing the costumes, and controlling lighting and sound.

"The Wiz" is a story that connects with community members. Many grew up watching it with their families and enjoying the musical retelling of the classic story in the 1978 film. Forty years later, West Middle School students continue to share that story.

For an added touch, members of the Rockford community have joined the students to provide a live pit orchestra for the performances – a first for West Middle School. Led by George Espino, West Middle School band director, the pit orchestra is comprised of 18 musicians from students to professionals across the region.

​Performances are at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, 7, and 8 in the West Middle School auditorium. Tickets are $3 for students and $7 for adults. They can be purchased at the door or online.

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