The Cappies review 'The Wiz'.
by Rachel Mayman of Langley High School St. Stephens and St. Agnes School’s production of The Wiz brought to life a soulful musical which puts a unique spin on a classic tale about a girl in shiny slippers trying to get home to Kansas. The enthusiasm and versatility of the cast "brought the house down," so to speak, while teaching a valuable lesson about discovering who you are and what you truly need to be happy. The creators of The Wiz intended to revamp L. Frank Baum’s classic musical The Wizard of Oz and center it around African-American culture. With music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls and a book by William F. Brown, the Broadway production of The Wiz opened in 1975. The fervent musical represented America’s progress towards equal …
By Lila Weitzner of Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Cappies Review of production on Saturday, Nov. 17
Monday, December 3, 2012
When has death by gunshot, gassing, poison, strangulation, bombs and mutilation ever been remotely funny? Gales of laughter erupted uproariously at the dramatic deaths during Bishop Ireton High School’s fall production of "Something’s Afoot," by James McDonald, David Vos, Robert Gerlach and Ed Linderman. "Something’s Afoot" premiered in 1972 before becoming a nationally renowned musical in 1976. The musical spoofs the works of British mystery writers, paying special attention to Agatha Christie and her novel "And Then There Were None." The story starts when a cast of high-society London characters are all invited to the esteemed Lord Rancour’s lake estate for a weekend of relaxation. When Lord Rancour is discovered dead, the characters …