MAPLEWOOD,  NJ – Five students from Mountainside, Sarah Craven, Abigail Galm, Mia Galm, Sasha Proper, and Alexa Torres will help bring the production of "The Wiz" alive when it opens on Jan. 19. 

Front and Center for Performing Arts, presents "The Wiz." Music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, Luther Vandross, and Zachary Walzer and a book by William F. Brown

The  cast contains more than 65 students from neighboring towns (and one little dog) led by Renee Celeste, Julie Lira, Rodney Briscoe, Andrew Morrisey, and Jacque Piro Donovan.

Sign Up for E-News

“This timeless story has been told so many times and yet it is always so magical to have the chance to recreate it.  The music is so fantastic and the whole family will love it!,” said Art Director Renee Celeste

There will be four performances of the show, at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19, and at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 20 and 21, at The Woodland Theater, 60 Woodland Road, Maplewood. 

Tickets are $30. Seating is assigned. Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets at

Any remaining seats will be sold at the door before each show.

Front & Center offers individuals of all ages and skill levels, the opportunity to grow and develop artistically and personally in a nurturing environment. We aim to provide a unique and comprehensive curriculum while maintaining the highest standards of excellence. Our distinctive atmosphere encourages students with professional aspirations, as well as those who seek recreational fulfillment through the arts. For more information, visit