Ware Elementary students and staff were transported to a magic land of Oompa-Loompas, Everlasting Gourmet Gobstoppers, Fizzy Lifting Drink and more when the 4th and 5th graders from the 21st Century After-School Program and the Swingin’ Bears Choir performed Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on April 25, 2017. Under the direction of Drew Horton and Susan Gillespie, the students began practicing in January, immediately following the winter break. After auditions were held, students rehearsed after school and then performed twice on April 25.
Seventy students brought the performance to life as actors and crew members. After the performance, students and parents were impressed with the talent of the students involved in the musical. From the acting, costumes, lighting and sound the musical came together and was truly a magical experience for all involved. We would like to thank all who helped in any way to make this musical happen.
Mrs. Miller and I were extremely impressed and thoroughly enjoyed the work of the fourth and fifth graders at Ware yesterday when they performed “Willy Wonka”. The singing, costumes, set and musical accompaniment was amazing!!! This will be an experience students will remember for the rest of their lives. – Dr. Ferrell C. Miller, Geary County Schools Board of Education.
Willy Wonka, the greatest candy maker in the world, is ready to retire but he does not know who will replace him. He decides to hold a contest to find the perfect child to take over and continue making candy dreams come true. Five Golden Tickets are placed in Wonka chocolate bars and the finders of those tickets and one member of their family will win a tour of the chocolate factory and a lifetime supply of chocolate.
The first four winners are Augustus Gloop, an enormous eater from Munich, Germany; Veruca Salt, a spoiled brat from Sao Paulo, Brazil; Violet Beauregarde, a gum chewer from Snellville, Georgia and Mike Teavee, a T.V. addict from Television City, California. Charlie Bucket, who lives with his parents and grandparents in a shack in the same town as Willy Wonka, is very, very poor. He finds a coin and buys a chocolate bar from the Candy Man. Inside the bar he finds the final Golden Ticket.
Temptation abounds at the factory. Augustus eats from the chocolate river in the Chocolate Smelting Room and falls into the chocolate which hardens and traps him. The Everlasting Gobstopper is too hard for Violet to resist and as she chews it, she blows up like a blueberry. Charlie and his Grandpa Joe fall behind on the tour and try the Fizzy Lifting Drink. Only burping will keep them from the danger of the ceiling fan before they rejoin the tour. Veruca, who wants a squirrel, an Oompa-Loompa and anything else she can get lets her brattiness get the best of her as she falls down the “Nut Chute” in the Squirrel Room. Mike Teavee can’t resist the camera in the “Choco-Vision Room” and is shrunk to a mere 6 inches. After each winner finds themselves in a sticky situation the Oompa-Loompas remove them along with their parents.
Charlie and his Grandpa are the last two left on the tour and Willy Wonka reveals to Charlie that he has won the contest after Charlie is honest about drinking the Fizzy Lifting Drink. Willy Wonka gives his factory to Charlie so that he and his family can live there.
Article by Susan Gillespie, Music Teacher at Ware Elementary