"I've got it, I've got the golden ticket!" Never have eight words been so exciting to say!
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," a play by Richard R. George, based on the Roald Dahl children's novel, will be presented by Davis High students this week at the school and next week at the Gallo Center for the Arts.
The story is about Willy Wonka (played by Alex Wilson), the eccentric owner of the best chocolate factory in the world. He has decided to hold a contest, opening his factory to five lucky winners! Wonka has sent out five golden tickets into the world, all hidden in the wrappers of ordinary candy bars. The search for these tickets becomes world news, and soon winners start to turn up.
Augustus Gloop (Andre Conchas Simpson), a gluttonous boy, is the first to find a ticket. The second is an insufferable brat by the name of Veruca Salt (Racquel Quinones), whose father searched high and low, buying every candy bar he could until he found the ticket.
Violet Beauregarde (Cecilia Narducci) finds the third ticket, but only after taking a break from trying to set the chewing-gum record. The fourth ticket goes to Mike Teavee (my role), who, as his name implies, cares only for television.
But one young girl, sweet as candy and lucky, too, finds the fifth golden ticket, and her name is Charlie Bucket (Elena Mercado).
Davis Drama Production has enlisted the help of about 60 elementary school kids from around Modesto to aid in bringing "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" to life. Davis students have been working for months to create set pieces and help the children to become Oompa Loompas.
"I'm thrilled about how 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' is turning out," said teacher/director Lindsay Bryan. "The newly renovated theater provides the perfect background for this whimsical and fun play. I'm privileged to work with such a talented group of students who are more imaginative and creative than I could ever be.
"We have a very special cast that is comprised of enthusiastic youth from kindergarten through high school. This show truly is a group effort, and our actors, parents, school district and community make it possible. We are very appreciative of this opportunity!"
Shows on March 22-23 are in the Davis High little theater, with admission $9 for adults and $7 for students. Tickets will be available at the door or by emailing Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shows on March 27-28 are at the Gallo Center for the Arts. Tickets ranging from $15-$25 and available online at www.galloarts. org or at the Gallo Center box office.
All shows begin at 7 p.m.
Abel Vargas is a junior at Davis High School and a member of The Bee's Teens in the Newsroom Program.