Ease on Down the Road to Hollis Innovation Academy!

Students at Hollis Innovation Academy are preparing for the 2nd annual spring musical production of “The Wiz, Jr.”, an adaptation directed by the school’s music & drama teacher, Jessica Little.

Cast and Technology Crew members reflected on their experiences on the night before their debut performance. Despite the original film’s 1978 release date, all four 6th grade students had seen the movie prior to participating in auditions last fall.

Pictured (L to R): 6th grade students T’Niah G., D’Nur S., Zoe G., Angelica G.

“It’s so exciting seeing everything start to come together and look great!” says D’Nur (Tin Man).

Being a part of this production has provided enriching experiences for the students, and opportunities to exhibit all Six Habits of Hollis beyond the classroom: Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Empathy, Perseverance, and Self-Discipline.

“When you’re in a play, you’re part of a team, and you have to work together,” says Zoe (Tech Crew member).

“We spent a lot of time together, students on different grade levels, so we had challenges, but we kept going.” D’Nur adds, “We simply had to come together to make it all work.”

In preparation for the production, students rehearsed for three hours 2 – 3 days a week, beginning in the fall. “I love that we had so many dress rehearsals because it gave us a chance to improve the show by learning from our mistakes,” says Angelica (Tech Crew member).

“I’m not feeling nervous about opening night because we’ve already performed for the students, so I feel like I’ll be more comfortable when we perform for the parents and the public.”

The students are all looking forward to welcoming members of the general public, including dedicated partners of Hollis. “I know my mentor from Mercedes-Benz is coming, because she already bought her ticket. There are a lot of important people coming, and each performance is just going to get better and better. I’m looking forward to it,” says D’Nur. When asked what the audience should expect from the performance, T’Niah (Dorothy) says, “They’re going to experience tons of emotion, tons of costumes and props, quick scene changes, and quality work.”

Angelica goes on to say, “There are kids here who have real talent.” In closing, D’Nur proudly proclaimed, “People will be surprised at what a great show we’re going to put on. It’s going to be above and beyond their expectations.”

“The Wiz, Jr.” performances are at Hollis Innovation Academy Auditorium (225 James P. Brawley Drive NW Atlanta, GA 30314) on Thursday, May 10 and Friday, May 11 at 6:30 PM.

Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.