The Sanfordville Elementary School Drama Club, comprised of third and fourth grade students, will present “Willy Wonka Jr.” on the “big stage” at the Warwick Valley High School, located at 89 Sanfordville Rd. in Warwick. The 60-member cast will perform on Fri., Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. and on Sat., Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $6 and will be available at the door for both performances.
Directors Taylyn Carter and Lauren Hughes are excited to kick off their very first Drama Club production and are grateful for the support and collaboration from the Sanfordville community.
“Mrs. Maraia, our building principal, has supported us the entire way, and our PTA helps fund and support the production and has provided us with a great mentor in Joan Dunn,” Carter said.
Hughes added, “We’ve had tremendous support from parents and family members who have worked tirelessly on our sets, costumes, and production.”
Aveline Gujar, who plays Willy Wonka, said, “I like the singing and the acting that we are doing. Being Willy Wonka means that you have a chance of doing anything you want to if you just believe in it. I’ve enjoyed being in the play because at first I thought it would be a lot of pressure having a main role, but drama has helped my confidence.”
Owen Machingo, playing the role of Grandpa Joe, reflected, “I’ve enjoyed rehearsals and getting better at each song and scene. The best part for me is when I get to “fly” with Emmerson (Charlie). Being Grandpa Joe has meant a lot to me because he reminds me of my own Pop-pop because he’s funny, he cares alot about his grandson and he’s a great burper!”
Arianna Weinberg, playing the ever-violet Violet Beauregarde, said, “This is my fourth show and this time I am performing with some of my close friends. I am excited for my family and friends to see the show and how far my singing and acting skills have come. I have really liked bringing Violet to life.”
Logan Nagel, who plays the role of Phineous Trout, reflected, “I like that Drama Club is fun and we get to be on stage. I’ve learned a lot about being on stage, like to never turn your back to the audience! I am looking forward to having a great show!”
Cayden Honerkamp, who plays Mike Teavee, said, “I’ve learned from my character that if you are spoiled, nothing good will come out of it. Also, that you shouldn’t play too many video games because you will miss all the things going on around you. I’ve enjoyed being in Drama Club because I have always wanted to act and it is fun!”
Amanda Larsen, in the role of Mrs. Bucket, said, “It is fun getting to be a mom while playing the part of Mrs. Bucket. I have enjoyed trying something new while getting to stay after school and hang out with my friends. I am looking forward to dressing up and performing in front of my friends and family.”