Willy Wonka Jr.

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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.

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