WESTFIELD, NJ — Parents and teachers of Washington School will take audiences through the journeys of Dorothy and Toto as they perform the contemporary “Wizard of West Bizarre” this weekend.

The 73rd annual Washington School Show, an original production written by Christopher Gaeta, unfolds Dorothy and Toto’s adventures as they travel to the land of West Bizarre and attend West IZ Elementary School. Along the way, the pair encounters the Wizard of West Bizarre, who attempts to help them find their way back home to Washington School.

Co-director of the show and Vice President of PTO Fundraising Christine Barshtak emphasized the benefits of the show for the community.

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“The show itself is the school’s biggest fundraiser for the PTO, and the proceeds do a myriad of things for the students,” Barshtak said.

The Washington School Show has been performed every year since 1948.

“We are upholding a 73-year tradition, so it is a pretty important legacy for the community that we are continuing,” Barshtak said.

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Well over 100 Washington parents are collaborating to choreograph, produce and perform the show.

“It brings out people’s creative sides with a lot of planning and preparation,” said Danielle Michaeli, a senior organizer of the show. “It gets people out of their houses on the coldest, darkest days of the year, and suddenly we’re all together, working for this common goal.”

Many Washington school students especially look forward to seeing their parents and teachers perform entertaining numbers.

“The kids adore the production,” said Michaeli. “They’re really excited to see their parents on stage. They’re also really excited to see their teachers on stage because we have had a teacher’s number every year.”

If you go

Performances will be held at Roosevelt Intermediate School at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 and at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. Tickets cost $14.50 and are available for purchase at https://wes.booktix.com/.

Shreya Jyotishi is a sophomore at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.