Attend "A Rose's Curse" Thursday, May 9, at 9:30 a.m. (dress rehearsal) and 7 p.m. (main performance) in the WMS gym.
Have you ever wondered about the Beast’s life before he was cursed? Tomorrow our middle-schoolers will help fill in the blanks on the Beast’s pre-Belle period when they perform their original musical, “A Rose’s Curse” - a prequel to the classic tale “Beauty and the Beast.”
That’s right -
musical. Under middle school music teacher Heather Wadler’s guidance, the middle-schoolers wrote, composed and produced “A Rose’s Curse” over the course of the school year. It’s an undertaking few classes of 10 middle school students might choose to pursue, but after weighing other options for a spring musical, they decided to create their own show.
“The kids were excited, but were unsure because they know how much goes into a musical that’s already created let alone one they are creating themselves,” Heather said.
Heather had an opportunity to test the idea of creating an original musical last year at PRIED Middle School (now part of WMS’s middle school). When she reviewed existing options for school musicals, she found nothing suitable for a smaller group. She proposed the students write their own show, and they
staged their original production, “Never Forgotten,”
“It all came together last year and was such a positive experience that we wanted to continue,” Heather said. “Families wanted that too - everyone was very impressed with the way it all came together.”