MONROE – South Sevier High School students are in the midst of nine weeks of rehearsals in preparation for live performances of “Willy Wonka,” which is a play adapted for stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald from the children’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl. The book is a much-loved story about Charlie Bucket winning a ticket to visit Willy Wonka’s amazing chocolate factory. The play’s music and lyrics are by Bricusse and Anthony Newley. 

Live performances will be in the auditorium at SSHS in Monroe Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 20-23, at 7 p.m., in addition to matinee performances on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 23, at 3 p.m.

Admission prices will be $5 per adult, $3 per child under 12 years of age and free for children less than three years of age. 

The cast is comprised of 46 students, as well as a stage crew of 10. The group rehearses four times per week – Mondays and Tuesday from 4-6 p.m., as well as Thursdays and Fridays from 6-8 p.m. Directors Wendy Roberts and Devin Woolsey, who is also an English and foreign language teacher at SSHS, are at the helm of bringing the project to SSHS’ stage. 

“Willy Wonka is a story that sparks the imagination in a way everyone can relate to in sense,” said Roberts. “I remember Mrs. Gunderson reading the book to my second grade class and the visuals it created in my mind. This is an effort to bring those vivid images to the stage and share them with others.” 

“We are excited for the live performances. We want to give our audiences a memorable experience from start to finish,” Woolsey said. “Even during intermissions, which will be interactive.” 

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