Willy Wonka Kids
Last week we attended probably the best (in my opinion of course) elementary school musical I have ever seen. I might be a little bias, but seeing as my niece Jordan had a small chorus role, I don’t think that had anything to do with it. I believe that they had a total of 128 children from grades 2-4 and everyone was right on cue and never missed a line. (Which is amazing, considering there were over 800 people staring back at them from the audience!)
The musical was Willy Wonka Kids and obviously, it was based on the Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory movie. It was edited and changed to be stage friendly and a more upbeat story when it comes to Charlie and his family being poor. Jordan had a part of an Oompa Loompa in the chorus and she had the cutest costume. You can see her above – we sat in the 2nd row but I still had to zoom in on her. It was a lens choice – bring the telephoto lens to get close up shots or the lens that handles low light well. Obviously, the low light lens won.
This is the entire Oompa Loompa chorus at the very beginning of the play. Jordan is in the front row, 1st kid in purple from the right. The school held tryouts for the play and I think they chose the right kids for their parts. They all did amazing, considering their ages! Our school district is well known for their great high school stage performances and we have a beautifully remodeled auditorium in the high school. (There are many students from our district that have gone onto acting professionally).
Some of the songs in the play were changed from the movie but they were very reminiscent of the original songs. Here is the “Candyman” and she was just too cute!
Here are the kids waiting for Willy Wonka to open his gates and let the kids into the factory.
This was pretty neat that Violet had on a suit that actually did blow up with air after she chews on the gum.
This is obviously after Mike TV is sent via Wonka Vision and shrunk down. You can see Willy Wonka with Charlie Bucket and Grandpa Joe (the other girl, is Mike TV’s mom). Just like in the movie, the Oompa Loompas did a song and dance after each kid gets into trouble.
As I have said already, I was very impressed by this play for a couple of reasons. There were A LOT of young children to coordinate and they pulled them altogether to work as a group. Plus the costumes, set design, etc. and the fact that the kids rehearsed 3-4 times a week after school for 2 months. I give all of the teachers and coordinators a hand for everything that they have done. I am really looking forward to seeing what they come up with next year and when Shawn is old enough, I really do hope he gets involved with it too.