A sweet performance

Marine Elementary 6th-graders perform ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’

The Marine Elementary School’s sixth-grade class presents "Willy Wonka Jr." at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. May 30, 7 p.m. May 31 and 7 p.m. June 1 on the historic stage at the Marine Town Hall in Marine on St. Croix.

Classroom teacher Abby Brown works with students on the scripts and choreographs.

"Every student gets their three minutes of fame on stage," Brown said. "They are all stars. It is a terrific memory for the students to finish their time in elementary school together."

Music teacher Megan Holroyd works with the vocalists and directs the fifth grade chorus who are supporting the sixth grade actors on stage. Yvonne Danielson, semi-retired music teacher from Independent School District 834, is accompanying on the piano. Parents of the sixth grade students volunteer countless hours helping with set design, costumes, ticketing, make-up, lighting, sound and fundraising.

"This isn’t your regular elementary theatrical performance," Holroyd said. "The students work intensely for two months on the show, and every year the quality of performing is extremely high due to the expectations of all involved. The students look forward to participating in this play for years, and they have a tremendous work ethic. I am very proud of the students."

"Willy Wonka Jr." is Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world famous candy man and his quest to find an heir. The story comes to life in this stage adaptation of "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory," which features the songs from the classic family film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." The memorable score features "The Candy Man," "Pure Imagination," "Oompa Loompa" and "I Want it Now" by Academy- and Grammy-award winners Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, neatly fitted into a new script adapted under the auspices of the Dahl Estate.

Tickets can be purchased at the Marine General Store or at the door for $6.