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Audiences Were Delighted with Three Sold-Out and Sweet Performances of the Middle School Musical Willy Wonka

 

On November 4-6, the Middle School presented their fall musical, Willy Wonka, at three sold-out performances in the Carlson Family Theater. The audiences of all ages enjoyed a fantastic journey to Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory filled with Oompa Loompa's other beloved colorful characters. 

 Auditions were open to all Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade students and were held the second week of school, with rehearsals beginning the third week. The cast had eight weeks of intense rehearsals which consisted of learning the music, blocking, choreography, character development, and perfecting all technical elements of the show.

 The show Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Augustus Gloop, a child whose only hobby is eating, unwraps the first ticket; Violet Beauregarde discovers the next ticket while taking a break from setting a world record in gum chewing. Veruca Salt, an insufferable brat, receives the third ticket from her father. The fourth ticket goes to Mike Teavee, who cares only about television and his electronic devices. Charlie Bucket, the unsuspecting hero of the story, defies all odds claiming the fifth and final ticket. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory...or suffer the consequences. 

 This captivating adaptation of this fantastical tale teaches timeless lessons in kindness and humility, the importance of good manners, that nothing is impossible, and the dangers of greed. Ultimately, it celebrates imagination and the power of believing in a dream. Lisa Roskowinski, Director and Teacher of Theater and Dance, said, “Our talented cast and crew did a fantastic job of bringing these iconic characters and story to life that delighted everyone's sweet tooth!”

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