BYFIELD — Triton Regional Middle School extends a golden ticket to the community for its production of "Willy Wonka Jr." this weekend in the high school auditorium.
The production falls during Musicals In Our Schools Week and allows the middle school to share the importance of musical theater programs in the district's schools with the public.
The show, appropriate for all ages, will be performed Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 each or $4 with the donation of an item for the local food pantry, a 21st Community Service-sponsored program.
The show is the culmination of a yearlong effort involving programs funded by a 21st Century Grant, which has enabled the Triton district to provide a variety of free after-school and summer programs to students in the fourth through 12th grades.
Throughout the course of the 2011-2012 school year, several of the middle school and high school programs have pulled their efforts together. Their achievements will be showcased as part of the "Willy Wonka Jr." production.
Under the direction of Deanna Dawson and John Flynn, students participating in the musical have had the chance to learn and use multiple skills involved in many of the grant's after-school programs. The musical theater program engages in learning across the curriculum. Not only do the students involved have an enjoyable experience, they are reinforcing the literacy, mathematical, social and problem-solving skills learned in the formal curriculum during the school day.