๐ŸŒˆ Reflecting on Operetta as a Milestone along the 8th Gradersโ€™ Yellow Brick Road
Ms. Lisa Ehrlich-Menard, Performing Arts Teacher
As the 8th graders embark on their unique Tiyul in Europe, I want to take a moment to reflect on another one of their milestones - the 8th Grade Operetta. Students stepped up as leaders to head backstage crews. They pushed themselves out of their comfort zones. Costumes were sewn, sets were painted, t-shirts were designed, and programs were made. These 8th graders danced and sang, improvising when needed and embodying the idea of supporting one another to tell the story. I couldn’t be prouder of them. More importantly, I hope they are proud of themselves.

"The Wicked Wizard of Oz" journeyed through every twist and turn of the 8th grade experience - seeking acceptance, defining home, and questioning the narratives we hear - all while adding some dancing munchkins and flying monkeys. The mash-up of "The Wizard of Oz" and "Wicked" follows two young women trying to find where they belong. For some, like Dorothy, what she was searching for was there all along. However, like many adolescents, pushing boundaries and forging their own paths, Dorothy cannot see the support of the community around her until she is away from it. For others, like Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West), trying to make her voice heard over discrimination she faces, the search takes them beyond their familiar community and toward seeking support and acceptance in different spaces. 

As adolescents shape their opinions and identities, they may discover the need to look beyond familiar boundaries to find their place. Ultimately, I hope students learn that they hold the pen to their own stories and can define their identities. I am excited to see these 8th graders continue their journey, find what they need to be their unique selves no matter where it is, and know that we will always be there to support them.
Visit the 2024 Operetta page for photos, the show program, videos and more!
Click the videos below to watch the two Cast Performances.
April 12, 2024

April 14, 2024


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