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Wednesday February 7, 2018 at 9:30am Age: 342 days
Category: Otisville Elementary


“Invention, my dear friends, is 93 percent perspiration,” said the famous candy man. And so is talent! The Otisville Drama Club is giving 105 percent to bring “Willy Wonka Jr.,” the musical, to the school’s stage:

Thursday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m.
• Friday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m.
• (Snow date: Monday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.)

Cast notes...

Third grader Charlotte Curabba is a familiar face on the stage of Warwick’s Acting Out Playhouse. Most recently, she played the lead in “James and the Giant Peach.” In the role of Veruca Salt, she must reach high notes, and low moments, too. “It’s not easy to slide down a chute with a wire on your back,” Charlie said.

Learning her lines is no trouble at all, for which she credits someone she loves. “My grandpa always says that we have an identical memory.” Grandpa and grandma are coming all the way from Florida, just to see Charlotte on stage. “They always do that,” Charlie added with a smile.

Fourth grader Hana Ebbert plays Violet, the proud, loud, trophee-winning gum chewer. Hana has always been fascinated with the performing arts, but the acting bug laid dormant till last summer when she participated in a summer camp play. This is her first time on the Otisville stage. “I didn’t expect to get such a good role,” Hana said. “I was kind of scared I wouldn’t get cast, actually.”

Hana is having fun with Violet’s quirks but pulling quite the act with the gum-chewing business. She strongly dislikes gum.

Fifth grader Sarah Winner plays Willy Wonka, a brave jump from her “filler” role in last year’s musical. She’s enjoying the creative expression afforded by her character’s extreme eccentricity. “He’s sarcastic, speaks his mind, and he doesn’t care what people think about him,” Sarah said. But the role has its challenges: “He has a lot of long lines, and he says a lot of confusing, weird things,” she added.

Among her favorite things, Sarah likes learning all the show’s songs, and getting to know students from different grades.

Thank you, volunteers…

Director Melissa Norwood, second grade teacher, and the Otisville Drama Club, wish to thank the supportive and committed volunteers who gave their time and skills to the Willy Wonka production: AIS reading teacher, Susan Tonnessen, as assistant director; middle school general music teacher, Shane Peters, as musical director; third grade teacher, Erica Alders, as technical director; Michelle Nelson, working with the stage crew; Heather Dubrovsky, Linda LeMieux, and Stephanie Giufre, responsible for sets and costumes.