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Every spring the students at St. Joseph School put on a musical production. Students have a hand in every element of the production and what results, says music teacher LeAnn Mansour, is a unique show that is all their own.

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"The kids spend the spring preparing for this. It's a tradition to do a musical production. Not everyone sings though so we offer different ways to get involved," said Mansour.

St. Joseph School will present the Wizard of Oz/Revised at 1 and 7 p.m. May 23 in the school gymnasium. The production will include the efforts of more than 90 students in fifth through eighth grades. Kindergarten through fourth grade students will supply some colorful artwork to dress up the gym and church as well.

Mansour said getting the kids involved in the production at different levels gives them an idea of what all goes into the performing arts. She added that she likes to give students a taste of what they could get involved with at the high school level.

Mansour said a number of her students have gone on to participate in theater and the performing arts at Rosemount High School and beyond.

A popular annual tradition, Mansour said the show is also a great way to send off the eighth graders. The school has done a spring musical production for the last 19 years.

Each year Mansour tries to pick a familiar story to base the production on. When deciding the theme, she takes into account who the students are and their personalities. This year she picked the Wizard of OZ.

A classic, Mansour said students will perform the standard songs everyone knows and loves. However, to throw a twist into it, the production will also include some of the music from the modern Oz story Wicked.

The production is free and open to the public. Mansour said the community is invited to come out and enjoy.

"It's a great family event," said Mansour.

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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