The afternoon event will showcase the diverse talents Queens has to offer and celebrate Colombian, Chinese, Korean and African cultures.
Daryl Ware, the musical theater teacher at Junior High School 189, will lead the school’s musical theater group in performing three songs: “New Day” from “The Wiz,” “He Lives in You” from “Lion King Jr.” and “This is Me” from the film “The Greatest Showman.”
“They are all excited about it,” Ware said. “They’re working really hard to prepare for this weekend’s performance. I think it’s going to be wonderful.”
The students have been preparing for the performance since October, Ware said. They have been meeting after school every Thursday and Friday in advance of the concert.
“They really have no idea what to expect,” he said. “I can imagine they will get there and go, ‘wow.’”
The musical theater program at JHS 189 is now in its 13th year, Ware said. This year, thanks to a grant from Councilman Peter Koo, the group will perform its annual musical at Flushing Town Hall rather than at their school.
Ware said the students will get to work with a professional choreographer, acting coach and costume designer. They will see “what the arts are all about on a professional stage.”
“It’s one of the best things students experience,” Ware said.
The musical theater teacher added that shows that go on at Flushing Town Hall are “the best kept secrets” in the neighborhood. He encouraged all community members to attend.
“Everything that comes out of Flushing Town Hall is always enjoyable,” he said. “It’ll be a good time.”