By Aaron Retherford
It’s that time of year again when Rumney Memorial School students welcome audience members to the wonderful world of Willy Wonka and his magical chocolate factory.
For over 20 years, the Drama Club has been entertaining audiences will family-friendly performances such as Alice in Wonderland, the Wizard of Oz, and Peter Pan. This year’s iteration of the long-standing tradition will feature dancing, singing, sweets, and Oompa-Loompas.
There are performances on Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m. and two shows on Saturday, April 9 at 2 and 7 p.m. at Rumney Memorial School in Middlesex. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children.
“Every kid in this play is being challenged. They come to rehearsal and are asked to sing their heart out, to say their lines with clarity and emotion, and to work together to create the magical land of Willy Wonka,” Director Thea Schwartz said. “The play at Rumney is a long-standing tradition. The sixth graders watched the play as kindergartners, and now it is their turn to shine as Charlie, Grandpa Joe, Augustus, Violet, Veruca, and Willy Wonka. It takes a community to put on this play—from creating the bed for Charlie Bucket’s grandparents, to finessing the Oompa Loompa costumes, and painting the set of the chocolate factory. Parents and community members have contributed alike. We hope you will come out to see the play. The kids would love to have you there.”