Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh KIDS,” a heart-warming musical production based on the classic characters of A.A. Milne and the 2011 Disney animated feature film, will be presented by Gowanda Middle School students in May.

This musical theatre experience appropriate for all ages showcases favorite songs including, “Winnie the Pooh” and “The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers,” as well as new music written by Robert and Kristen Lopez, the couple that brought us all of the music from Disney’s “Frozen” series.

Our 30-minute adventure begins in the Hundred Acre Woods where Winnie the Pooh is once again on the hunt for his favorite snack – honey! As he continues to search, he meets up with his good friends, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo and Owl. The friends soon discover Christopher Robin has been captured by a mysterious creature, named The Backson! Getting ready to save their friend, the animals learn valuable lessons about teamwork, dedication and the importance of friendship.

Preparations for this musical theatre experience are in full swing at GMS. Volunteers are busy making costumes, creating honey jars and other props, as well as building the Hundred Acre Wood. The music rooms, classrooms, auditorium and hallways have also been alive with lines, lyrics and choreography these past few weeks in preparation for the upcoming show. The middle school performers are excited to share the happiness and joy that is sure to come with this musical to families and community members in this time of difficulty and uncertainty.

“Throughout this pandemic, everyone, myself included, has gone through a time where they have felt alone, distant and disconnected from everyone,” says teacher and musical director Adam Bett. “When choosing the show for this year, I wanted one that featured the talent we have in our program but as well as one that would help to begin to heal and bring our Gowanda community together. Since EVERYONE knows and grew up with the beloved characters of the Hundred Acre Wood, this show was perfect to bring us all together!”