Saturday, December 9, 2023

WJCC Schools Announce 2016 Musical Productions

WJCC Logo‘Tis the season for musicals in Williamsburg-James City County middle and high schools, where a variety of classic and family-friendly shows will take the stage this spring.

Hornsby Middle School will kick it off this weekend with a production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Here’s a list of upcoming musicals organized by their opening night:

Hornsby Middle School presents “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

  • March 11 and 12 at 7 p.m.; March 13 at 2 p.m. (matinee)
  • Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for children and students
  • Call 757-565-9400 for more information.

Spend an evening with the Peanuts gang this Friday at Hornsby Middle School. This 1967 musical follows the Charles M. Schulz comic strip characters as they pursue love and discover what truly makes them happy. The 1999 Broadway revival scored two Tony awards for featured actor Roger Bart and featured actress Kristin Chenoweth.

Berkeley Middle School presents “The Lion King Experience: Junior Edition”

  • March 18 and 19 at 7 p.m.; March 20 at 2 p.m. (matinee)
  • Tickets: $6 for students, $8 for adults
  • Tickets may be reserved in advance through an email to

A roaring rendition of The Lion King will come to the Berkeley stage in mid-March. Based on the 1994 Disney animated film, The Lion King is the coming-of-age story of young lion Simba, who returns to his homeland to claim his rightful place in the animal kingdom. The show won the 1998 Tony Award for Best Musical.

Jamestown High School presents “Footloose”

  • March 24, 25, 26 at 7 p.m.; March 26 at 2 p.m. (matinee)
  • Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door, $7 for all matinee tickets
  • Call 757-259-3644 or email to reserve a ticket

The 1984 movie musical dances its way onto Jamestown’s stage at the end of the month. Footloose tells the story of teenager Ren who, after moving to a small farming town, challenges a ban on dancing and the locals who enforce it. The score was nominated for Tony awards and the soundtrack album reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

Lafayette High School presents “The Wizard of Oz”

  • April 21, 22, 23 at 7 p.m.; April 23 at 2 p.m. (matinee)
  • Tickets: $10. All seats are reserved.
  • Call 757-565-4244 to reserve a ticket.

Take a stroll down the yellow brick road with Lafayette this April. The musical, based on the 1900 book by L. Frank Baum, follows Dorothy as she navigates the magical Land of Oz and seeks a way home to Kansas. The musical was brought to the big screen in the 1939 Technicolor film The Wizard of Oz.

Warhill High School presents “Beauty and the Beast”

  • May 12, 13, 14 at 7 p.m.; May 14 at 2 p.m. (matinee)
  • Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door
  • Call 757-565-9100 to reserve a ticket.

A tale as old as time will take the stage at Warhill this May. Beauty and the Beast, a stage adaptation of the 1991 Disney animated film, debuted on Broadway in 1994 and was nominated for several Tony awards. The musical depicts the transformation of a prince-turned-beast and the woman whose love he must win to become human again.

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