Emmy-Nominated Star of NBC’s “The Wiz: Live!” Visits East LA Performing Arts Magnet

Emmy-Nominated Star of NBC’s “The Wiz: Live!” Visits East LA Performing Arts Magnet

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA. June 2, 2015 – Shanice Williams, the 19-year-old star of NBC “The Wiz: Live!” will visit East LA Performing Arts Magnet at Torres High School on June 2nd at 10:15 am for a career workshop and celebration of musical theatre with aspiring performing artists. The Human Resources Department of NBCUniversal, which has engaged in a long-term partnership with the school to provide career preparation workshops and internships to students interested in the entertainment industry, coordinated the event with school staff.

“Giving young performers the chance to share with and learn from Shanice Williams, an extraordinarily talented young woman who has a bright future in musical theatre, is a great opportunity for my show choir students,” said Mrs. Melissa Rios, the school’s Choir Director.  The school, founded in 2010 and designed to provide a college preparatory academic program enriched with performing arts classes and programs for students with little prior experience in the arts, has become a cultural center for the East Los Angeles community. “To me, Shanice Williams represents passion and commitment to the joy of performing,” said Samantha Flores, an AP student who sings in the choir and a capella club.

Under the leadership of LAUSD’s Arts Education Executive Director Rory Pullens, schools are encouraged to connect with arts and media industry companies to provide students with career preparation workshops. David Medina, an East LA Performign Arts Magnet senior planning to major in dance at Cal State LA next year, said “Seeing how dance, music and theatre came together in “The Wiz: Live” is inspiring to me, as someone who wants to be a real triple-threat actor like Shanice Williams or Elijah Kelley, the guy who played the Scarecrow. If they can do it, so can I.”

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The East LA Performing Arts Magnet is an innovative small high school on the Torres High School campus, with 420 students studying college preparatory academic subjects while participating in an award-winning performing arts program.  All students at the school spend at least 25% of their school day in all four years of high school studying music, theatre, dance or film-making.  Contact Principal Carolyn McKnight at 323-265-6725 or via email at carolyn.mckngiht@lausd.net for more information.