When theater teacher Diane Christensen set out to put together the second school musical in Edison High School history, she knew she had to pick something that would pique students’ interests. How can you put on a show without a cast?
The show needed to be fairly famous and have catchy music that would draw Edison in to audition.
“We were looking for something that appeals to the students,” Christensen said.
Christensen chose the 1975 hit “The Wiz,” which has proven popular among the cast. The originally all-black cast of “The Wiz” won seven Tony Awards with Charlie Smalls’ funk and soul-inspired score and its alternative take on “The Wizard of Oz.”
A 1978 film adaptation starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson made the musical even more well-known, even if it did little for the show’s artistic merits. It’s a show Christensen hopes will draw audiences as it did students.