“All cast members in the junior version are under age 18,” Kirk said.
“The beauty is that the materials are very educational. You normally have to send the scripts back at the end of the run, but the kids can keep them. I get a director’s guide with curriculum directions to incorporate the play into math or English classes. The kids get a rehearsal CD that’s educational and also provides the students something to remember the show by.”
The 45-member cast ranges in age from 7 to 17, she added. The show last about two hours.
Major cast members are Clayton Dunn (Willy Wonka), Christopher Yost (Charlie Bucket), Tyler Kovar (Grandpa Joe), Cassidy Thompson (Grandma Georgina), Brady Dunn (Mr. Bucket), shannon Yost (Mrs. Bucket), Deidra Tobin (Grandma Josephina) and Gatsby Rider (Grandpa George).
“The play is about imagination. Charlie does the right thing in the end and is rewarded for it. Children like justice in their books and plays, and like to see the good guy win.
“Plus, Willy and the Oompa Loompas are mysterious and the book is a little scary. Kids like to be scared within limits. This is a good way for kids to live out their fears in a fantasy life. This show isn’t really scary, but people who have read the book and seen the movie recognize some scary hings in it.”
• “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” will be presented at 8 p.m. July 15-18 at Pricketts Fort State Park Amphitheatre.
Directed by Jeffrey Ingman, the comedy takes place in ancient Rome, in front of three adjacent houses. First is the brothel of Lycus, who takes his profession of peddler of fresh very seriously. Next is the house of Senex, his wife Domina and their son Hero. Last is the house of Erronius, who continually bemoans the unsolved kidnapping long ago of his son and daughter.