In their first musical production, the Students and Carrolltowne Elementary School brought the house down!

Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world famous candy man and his quest to find an heir came to life in the classic stage adaption of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.  The show starred Carrolltowne Elementary’s finest singers and dancers from kindergarten through fifth grade and featured songs from the classic family film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

The show was directed by local theater professional and South Carroll High School’s Music and Choral Director, Lydia Courtney, and produced by Carrolltowne Elementary’s PTA President and former Gifted and Talented Resource teacher, Mary Vaccarino.  Their vision and passion to bring the theatrical arts into Carrolltowne Elementary gave the students the experience of a lifetime.  The show would not have been possible without the countless hours and efforts of over 100 amazing parent volunteers, the dedication of all 60 cast members and 8 crew members, and the support of Carrolltowne Elementary’s School Principal, Theresa Ball

Performances were held on November 4th, 5th, and two shows on the 6th.  Tickets were $5 a piece, and all 360 seats were sold out for each performance.   The level of detail put into every area of this production made it feel like a genuine Broadway Show – from the audience members, all the way to backstage.

Audience members all received a program bound in shimmery golden paper that included a bio on every cast and crew member.  In addition, over 1,000 Wonka chocolate bars were sold as the audience was encouraged to “try their luck for a buck”, and see if their Wonka chocolate bar held one of 16 Golden Tickets.  Each ticket winner received a fabulous gift basket, all possible through generous donations of local businesses. 

Backstage, in true Broadway style, were endless cue and prop sheets posted on walls, and the school’s music and art areas were transformed into make-up and costume rooms.  Parent volunteers applied make-up, did hair, supplied props, and organized quick costume changes to help the show come to life.

As the children took the stage, beautifully appointed by a set and props built from the ground up and hand-painted, again – by parent volunteers, you could clearly see that every second, minute, and hour of time preparing for that moment to take the stage, was an unforgettable moment for each and every child.

Carrolltowne Elementary would like to thank all of the volunteers and local businesses that helped make this unforgettable performance possible, giving the chance for our children to experience the incomparable magic of theater.

Photos by Mort Shuman

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