Crowley High Drama Club to present ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ March 7-9
The cast and crew of Crowley High School Drama Club’s production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” include, from left, first row, Ella Cradeur, Louis Hebert, Faith Hayes, Cole-Ryan Henry, Jaylynn Thibodeaux, Travis Hayes, Noble Hebert; second row, Michaela Jabusch, Jake Grotefend, Kameryn Richard, Casey Benoit, Caleb Henry, Hana Arsement, Sara Arsement, Magdalene Arsement; third row, Brooklyn Johnson, Tony Arsement, D’Marcus Burnette, Demetrius Burnette, Tabitha Bridy, Tra’Naye Brooks, Addison Greene, Jalean Bias; fourth row, Courtney Suire, Keisha Ali, Amber Wilson, Katelyn Richard, Maya Clement, Madison Schexnayder, Brock Credeur, Meghan Medus, Zaner Cluse; fifth row, Kendrick Francis, Jasmine LeMaire, Luke Arsement, Aaron Booty, Nathan Guidry, Alexis Bernard and Shawn Jackson.
The Crowley High School Drama Club, under the supervision and direction of Machelle Booty, is proud to present “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Richard R. George, produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, at the Grand Opera House of the South, 505 N. Parkerson Ave. in Crowley, March 7 - 9.
Curtain time is 7 p.m. on Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 9.
Narrator Justin Simon will tell the story of candy maker Willy Wonka (Luke Arsement), who has secretly placed golden tickets in the wrappers of five chocolate bars and sent them across the nation for anyone to find. Each ticket entitles its finder to tour Wonka’s candy factory, which has been closed to the public for years for fear of spies Fickelgruber, Prodnose and Slugworth (Luke Arsement, Aaron Booty and Katelyn Richard) stealing secret recipes.
The first ticket winner is Augustus Gloop (Nathan Guidry), a ravenousness chocoholic only interested in eating. Gloop brings his mother (Jasmine LeMaire) to chaperone him. While trying to eat all the chocolate he can, he falls and disappears, leaving his mother distraught and traumatized.
The second ticket winner is Violet Beauregarde (Courtney Suire), an arrogant, non-stop, bubble-gum chewing champion, who is escorted by her equally conceited mother (Brooklyn Johnson). Violet is all too eager to be the first person to try Wonka’s attempted version of a “chewing gum meal” when she becomes a victim of her own greed.
The third ticket winner, Veruca Salt (Meghan Medus), is a spoiled brat who has never been denied any of her selfish desires and who is accompanied by her rich parents (Justin Simon and Alexis Bernard) for the day’s tour. The child demands the one thing that she cannot have - one of Wonka’s specially trained squirrels (Demetrius and D’Marcus Burnette) - when she is discovered to be unworthy and led away with her parents left to wonder at her fate.
The fourth ticket winner is the obnoxious television-addicted Mike Teavee (Tony Arsement), who would rather be watching television than wasting his precious time touring a crummy old chocolate factory with his parents (Kendrick Francis and Katelyn Richard). It is only after Mike discovers a television room in the factory that a hasty decision becomes his undoing.
The fifth and final golden ticket winner is the local Charlie Bucket (Aaron Booty), a humble young starving boy who was fortunate enough to have found 50 cents on the sidewalk and decided to buy a chocolate bar. He takes his prized treasure home to his family of parents (Nathan Guidry and Katelyn Richard) and grandparents (Keisha Ali, D’Marcus Burnette, Brock Credeur, and Brooklyn Johnson) to surprise them with the grand news. Charlie asks his Grandpa Joe (Brock Credeur) to go with him through the chocolate factory. It is through the tour that Charlie, Grandpa Joe and the others learn of the rather odd looking trustworthy Oompa Lumpas, who are the ones now responsible for the running of the factory.
The Oompa Lumpas, under the direction of Zaner Cluse, a 2013 graduate of Crowley High School, are being portayed by CHS Drama Club members Keisha Ali, Tabitha Bridy, Tra’Naye Brooks, Mya Clements and Amber Wilson. Crowley High School has also extended the cast through an outreach program to other local students to portray Oompa Lumpas, and they include Hana, Sara and Magdalene Arsement, Jake Grotefend, Casey Benoit, Caleb and Cole-Ryan Henry, Kameryn Richard and Louis Hebert, all from Redemptorist Catholic School; Travis Hayes from Crowley Middle School; Faith Hayes from North Crowley Elementary; Jaylynn Thibodeaux from Crowley Kindergarten; Ella Cradeur from Morse Elementary; Noble Hebert from Kaplan Elementary; and Michaela Jabusch from Notre Dame High School.
The backstage is under the direction of Celeste Henry and CHS student Madison Schexnayder, with CHS student Madison Plunkett working the sound board alongside Mark Miller of Modern Music.
With Robert Baxter as the set and stage director, the audience will be able to witness a visually spectacular journey from the home of the poor Bucket family to the astonishing and astounding chocolate factory. Assisting Baxter will be the crew of CHS backstage hands, Caleb Postoak, Jalean Bias, Addison Green, Shawn Jackson, Harold Thomas and CHS 2013 graduate Tyler Credeur.
The production is being dedicated in loving memory to Russell Faulconer, who devoted many years of service to the theater programs in and around Acadia Parish.
Director Machelle Booty encourages the public to come out and support the amazing cast of both young and old in this suspenseful production.
“They have all worked really hard these past seven months. It is a story that will captivate you, teach a few valuable life lessons, and even leave you with a good laugh at this hilarious group as they travel through this journey together. This is a great group that I’ve had the honor of working with from our first ever outreach program and new assistant director to the ever creative sets of Robert Baxter,” says Booty.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased online at www.thegrandoperahouse.org, by calling the Opera House at (337) 785-0440 or at the door beginning one hour prior to curtain time.