The classic “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” will be presented on May 20 at 7 p.m. and May 21 at 2:30 p.m. by the Elkin High School senior class in the Dixon Auditorium.
It is a play suitable for people of all ages and the cost of admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students.
The class of 2017 already has started preparing for the big show. At a recent kick-off party, they ate pizza and watched the “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” movie. It was not only a party but a brainstorming session. They discussed props and possible lines that could be added into the play. Many students were taking notes throughout the movie to familiarize themselves with the characters in the play.
Whitney Sprinkle, a senior at Elkin High School, said, “I decided to take part in this play because I really enjoy [acting],” and her parents also motivated her to join. Sprinkle has been participating in school plays since elementary school. She will show off her many talents, which landed her the role of Charlie Buckett in the play.
The music director and chamber singer instructor at Elkin High School, Tonya Smith, chose this play “as a tribute to Gene Wilder, who passed away in 2016, and also because it fits the senior class’s personality.”
Sarah Estrada, EHS Spanish teacher, is the director of the play and will be assisting Smith throughout practices and rehearsals. Before auditions, Smith encouraged everyone to try out for the play, “because they could surprise themselves and might end up enjoying being in plays.”
One goal for this play is to “unify” like Smith said, and for the senior class to enjoy and make more memories to take with them after graduating from Elkin High School. The community is invited to come out and support the class of 2017 as they approach the bittersweet end of the year.
Erica Pineda, Terry Spicer, Dulce Rodriguez, Cassady Purvis and Cristina Nava are English students at Elkin High School.