Filled with the pure imagination a “Willy Wonka” musical production can bring to the stage, Carbonado School District students turned their tiny gymnasium into chilly, winter streets, the cramped Bucket home and “The Candy Man” himself’s fabulous chocolate factory.
The afternoon and evening of Dec. 13, productions of “Willy Wonka Jr.,” based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, were the culmination of months of work and preparation by the entire student body.
From the middle school students who take the leads both on stage and behind the scenes to the kindergarten through fifth-grade students who provide the chorus, everyone has a role.
For the older students it’s usually their way of fulfilling an art requirement, learning about acting, props, sets and production. For the younger set, it’s participation with the opportunity for a front row seat.
The production was under the direction of teachers Penny Frame, Paula Visnaw, Signe Lukasiak, Karen Leahy and Joe King, and supported with an $800 Hometown Grant and the Parent Support Club.