All Sauk Trail students recently performed an original musical play, “The Magical Land of Oz.”
Each grade level, kindergarten through fourth grade, presented their own adapted version of the musical, with five different shows on consecutive days. The original music and script was written by music teacher John Becker and incorporated hip-hop, jazz, and classical music, dance, and drama. Art teacher Tess Wirth and her art club students created the scenery.
"There were lots of smiles and joy in students sharing their performances,'' Becker said.
During the school year, students had the chance to work with artists-in-residence with jazz, hip-hop, and classical music styles as well. An Education Foundation Grant funded the hip-hop dance artists-in-residence, and a district Global Initiative Grant and the Madison Jazz Society underwrote the jazz artists workshops and concert. The Madison Symphony and their donors subsidized their Hunt String Quartet school visits, as well as the Sauk Trail PTO funding the Overture full orchestra field trips.
“I wish to thank again so many generous donors that made possible having these diverse artists-in-residence and opportunities for our Sauk Trail students,” Becker said.