By Mary Stanley, PR and
When the weather is cold and the nights are long, there’s no better—or more productive way—to pass the time than rehearsing for a magical production like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
If this show is anything like The Wizard of Oz performance that New England Village put on in March 2016, you had better reserve your tickets now.
Ginger Comeau, who is organizing the show and plays a role says the performers have been working hard, getting their lines down, and singing their hearts out. “Rehearsals are twice a week for 90 minutes each. And everyone is showing up—from the lead characters to the minor roles. Even people with minor roles have multiple roles so everyone is actively involved. Now that the actors are doing better with their lines, we are not spending a lot of time on each scene and they are having fun and the rehearsals are getting more enjoyable,” she says.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is based on Roald Dahl’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Kenny Delmonte, star of the YouTube show, Cooking with Kenny & Kyle, is playing the title role of Willy Wonka. So who exactly got the golden ticket to play Charlie Bucket? Well, that would be Graham Snow, a member of the community. There are six residents from New England Village and seven people from the community participating in this year’s production. Along with Ginger Comeau, Assistant Program Manager Matt Stone, a veteran actor who has appeared in many community theater productions, is lending his talents to the show.
The work that goes into a production like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory is immeasurable and goes well beyond the performances of the actors appearing on stage. The art department at New England Village has been working feverishly to put together scenery and create props for the show. “They are busy creating background scenery as well as small props such as pieces of candy,” says Ginger.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory will perform at the Pembroke Community Middle School on March 9 at 7 p.m. and March 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door or by contacting Ginger Comeau at 781-293-5461, ext. 208.