For the past eight years, Saint Rose of Lima School has produced a musical play. This came about through a relationship with Saint John Vianney Parish in Gladwyne and their Church Music Minister, Dr. Cara Latham. Cara, at the time, a Music Teacher at Agnes Irwin School in Villanova and now in a similar position at Merion Mercy Academy in Merion, directs the annual musical.
In the past, we have presented Godspell and Annie (both twice), Seussical, The Lion King, Alice in Wonderland and this year, The Wiz, Jr. About 45 Third through Eighth Grade students are involved, most on stage and some behind the scenes. Ten Mondays from early January through the end of March are set aside for rehearsals. Usually there are two holidays during that time and the rehearsals are five hours long on those two days.
Many of the students have been in the plays since they were in Third Grade and now have leading roles. The production of The Wiz, Jr. is scheduled at Saint Rose of Lima on the weekend of March 28 and 29.