Willy Wonka Jr.
He says the scale of the play ensures many different students get a role, even if it means more work.
But while it takes more even to practice (audio, tracks, more to memorize), he says, the students are up to the task.
“They’re hard workers,” Dooley said, “They want to practice even at lunch and recess; every bit of spare time they want to be working on this.”
They’ve rehearsed twice a week since the Christmas break in preparation for their biggest play ever.
Dooley also recognized the play’s lead actor playing the title character, Grade 8 student Cameron Hendricks. Dooley says the play suits Cameron’s talents.
Hendricks told The Packet he’s very nervous, but they have been working hard to get it right.
“It’s been hard practicing songs… (but) it’s fun,” he said.
To do his research, he watched the 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie, and the older Gene Wilder film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
“It’s helped with trying to talk like (Wonka), act like him in different ways.
“In the first movie, how he portrays Willy Wonka, I would try and do something like that to help with my part.”
Also, Hendricks says Dooley has made many recommendations which have helped him along the way.
Dooley also thanked the volunteer parents who helped out, including great work with props and set design — as well as fellow teacher Gerard Lundrigan for all of his help.
There is a planned dessert night for parents on Thursday, May 3 with a performance of the play.
There will also be a matinee on Saturday, May 5. Kimmy Tilley, Natalie Cotter, Ashton Humby, Keiara Paul, JJ McDonald, Maria Trask, Hannah Bowles, Hailey White, Alexandra Dalton, Joshua Hayward, Samantha Burry and Jackson Lodge.