About The Wiz Jr.

A beloved Broadway gem, The Wiz infuses L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel and soul music. This timeless tale of Dorothy’s adventures through the Land of Oz is a fun, family-friendly, and modern musical.

The Wiz originally opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre on January 5, 1974. Directed by Geoffrey Holder, the production starred newcomer Stephanie Mills and featured Hinton Battle, Tiger Haynes, Ted Ross, Dee Dee Bridgewater, André De Shields and Mabel King. Shortly after its opening, the show moved to the Broadway Theatre, where it ran until January 28, 1979, boasting a grand total of 1,672 performances. On May 24, 1984, The Wiz returned to Broadway for a brief revival at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. A film adaptation, starring Diana Ross as Dorothy, premiered on October 24, 1978. On December 3, 2015, NBC presented The Wiz Live!, a live television adaptation of the stage musical starring Shanice Williams as Dorothy.

Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts

                                                             Dr. Pam Hightower, Principal

                                          Mrs. Brandy Tyler-McIntosh, Assistant Principal

                                                       Dr. Arnett Moore, Dean of Students

Shining Stars of Apalachee

Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts (ATMSA) was established in 1999 as Leon County’s first elementary magnet school. Since then, ATMSA has excelled in enhancing student education through artistic emphasis. Our program incorporates the arts into standardized state-approved core curricula. The goal of the educators and staff at ATMSA is to help students develop a passion for learning while nurturing their existing creativity.

Program Offerings

  • Musical Theatre
  • Fine and Graphic Arts
  • Violin
  • Chorus
  • WATMSA News
  • Technology in a cutting-edge learning environment.

What makes us unique?

Apalachee Tapestry infuses standard state-approved curricula with creative arts and cutting-edge technology as a means to improve the quality of education for the “whole” child. Students enrolled at ATSMA are provided with diverse and exciting creative learning experiences. Each child receives intensive fine art instruction that also encourages academic excellence.

How does it work?

Grades K-3 receive creative infusion through visual art, drama, music and graphic arts, in addition to traditional special-area classes.

Grades 4-5 continue to receive additional creative infusion as well as traditional special area offerings. However, students at these levels may choose specific areas of art focus to refine their creative experiences.

Strings in School

Apalachee Tapestry participates in the Leon County School system’s Strings-in-Schools program. Strings students are given opportunities to perform in school and in the community.

Performance Groups

Apalachee Tapestry provides opportunities for all students to share their experiences in the arts. Student talent is showcased in a variety of events such as our “Evening of the Arts” and other grade level performances. Student artwork is displayed and performances are presented throughout the school and local community.

The performance/production groups are:

  • Chorus
  • Musical Theatre
  • Violin