The age old tale of Willie Wonka and his chocolate factory will soon hit the stage at Twin Oaks Elementary March 2, 3, 9 and 10. The story, best remembered from the two films about an eccentric recluse and his candy factory, will be performed by students at Twin Oaks.
The program at Twin Oaks is under the tutelage of Mrs. Wendy Edwards – Drama Club Sponsor/Director with countless help from parents and other staff members. Also called T.O.E.S., the drama program began through funding from Lee focus grant which required student-teacher-parent-community involvement. This requisite became the cornerstone of their drama club. Staff and parents work to keep student at their core.
Over a dozen plays, most of them musicals, have since followed their initial production of The Wizard of Oz in 2001. Each show seems to build on the efforts of the previous one, making them more elaborate as the program progresses. The most recent show, Seusical Jr., appears to have been a smashing success based on comments from those who’ve seen the show.
But what about the kids who participate?
For Alex McComas, who is part of the ensemble, it’s been a lot of work, but worth every minute of it. “I feel very blessed to be a part of this play! We have all worked very hard and long hours but it will all be worth it in the end,” McComas said.
Ace Miller, who plays Mike Teavee, agrees. “It has been hard practicing all of the lines, but it is fun. I am very excited about my friends being in the play and now I am ready for the play to begin! It is going to be fantastic!”
For Sidney Frier, this is an opportunity she didn’t want to miss. “I am very excited to be in the play. It has been a dream come true because I have wanted to be in one since I was an itty bitty girl!” Frier plays one of the oompa loompa’s that helps Willie Wonka make his chocolate.
The doors open for the play at 6 p.m.
The cast of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, hard at work bringing the timeless story to the Twin Oaks stage.