The Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA)
Program and West Middle School present "The Wiz 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
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.
Parents/guardians of children who will be 5 on or before Sept. 1 can visit the Welcome Center, 501 7th St., to enroll.
Rockford Public Schools will honor a teacher, an artist, a musician, an actor and a high school theatre production at its third Fine Arts Hall of Fame Awards in March.
School start times and dismissal will change by 10-to-15 minutes at most schools in the 2019-20 school year.
Current fifth, sixth and seventh graders are invited to audition.
Six finalists are RPS 205 teachers.
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