[Newark, NJ] Michelle Obama Elementary School was filled with energy, excitement, and the magic of Broadway when the cast of MJ the Musical visited the school to put on an engaging, educational, and spectacular performance for the students and staff. An email from Michelle Obama Elementary School Principal LaShanda Gilliam to Ms. Lia Vollack, Producer of MJ the Musical, was all it took to make this dream come true for students.
The Michelle Obama auditorium was perfectly staged for the occasion, adorned with Pre-k to third grade student produced Michael Jackson artifacts. Each class was tasked with designing artwork based on their interpretation of one of Michael Jackson’s songs. The event was a visual delight and a testament to the school's commitment to providing intentional engagement.
The Grammy nominated cast engaged some of our youngest learners in a question and answer session, taught them some of MJ’s famous dances, including the moonwalk and his famous kick. They also depicted him throughout various stages of his career along with his brothers, the Jackson 5 and performed inspiring hits such as Keep the Faith, ABC, Billie Jean, and Man in the Mirror.
Principal LaShanda Gilliam said, "We are thrilled to have had the cast of MJ the Musical visit our school and bring Broadway to our students. It was an amazing experience, and we appreciate the opportunity to expose our students to limitless possibilities through musical theater."
Superintendent Roger León added, "The performance by the cast of MJ the Musical was a unique experience that showcased the limitless possibilities of what our students can achieve. It was a memorable and impactful event for everyone involved."
The partnership with MJ the Musical represented an opportunity to bring Broadway to the Michelle Obama Elementary School. "The look in the eyes of children watching other people show their talent and living their dreams teaches children they can do that too," says Principal Gilliam.
"We were so excited to see this effort between Michelle Obama Elementary School and MJ the Musical come to fruition. Our scholars need access to the highest engagement quality and cultural experience." Said Board President Dawn Haynes.
The visit from the cast of MJ the Musical was a huge success, leaving the students and staff of Michelle Obama Elementary School with an unforgettable experience that will inspire them to dream big and achieve their goals.