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GOING OVER DETAILS - Roanoke-Benson vocal teacher Jason Behrens gives out instructions for this week's production of, "The Wiz." Pictured from left to right are students Clara Hodel, Dalton Logan and Becca Blunier.

ROANOKE - Doing more with less has taken on a whole new meaning for the vocal department at Roanoke-Benson High School. Having a small number of resources has not dissuaded them from “going big” in producing its spring musical.

This week, RBHS will present, "The Wiz," a music adaptation of, "The Wizard of Oz." There will be three performances: one on Friday and Saturday nights, both at 7 p.m., and again Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. All three will be held at Dick Broers Gymnasium.

Before vocal teacher Jason Behrens could take the musical script all the way to a classy production, he knew he had to have some help. He was not deterred by the fact he had a limited number of students in choir, a small budget and a shortened timeline for rehearsals in DBG that was needed for other things. He knew there was untapped talent around that could fill in the gaps for the things he lacked, starting with performers.

 “We chose the musical for the quality of music first and foremost,” he said. “The music in The Wiz is amazing; filled with energy and flavor. We also weighed casting into our decision. In our case, our male vocalists shape our choice depending on if they are interested in performing as a lead.”

A decision was made to find junior high age students to be part of the production, which increased the cast to over 60 members.

See article on April 5 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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