The Sage School Theater Company gave two incredible performances of Willy Wonka JR. this weekend in front of an audience of over 500 at the Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center in Foxboro. Based on the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, Willy Wonka JR. tells the timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir for his chocolate factory. The performance was filled with colorful backdrops, custom made props and costumes, creative dance performances, and a storyline with a relevant and universal theme of kindness and humility.
“Willy Wonka Jr. was a tremendous success thanks to a dedicated and talented cast and crew along with a community of volunteers including parents, faculty, and staff,” explains Musical Director, Danielle Bazinet. “With this production, we also created Sage history by having two performances! Sage also returned to the Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center where we had previously performed. I look forward to continuing these new traditions and the excitement the musical brings to our community.”
For over ten years the Arts Program at Sage has annually produced full-scale musical productions. Students in Grades 5-8 have the opportunity to audition for lead roles, be in the chorus or work as the backstage crew. Consistent with our mission, the musical offers students the opportunity to participate and “own” all aspects of a major production. Sets and costumes are designed and built during a collaboration period and during rehearsal, as is the poster and program. Students also serve as backstage leaders, representing the crew boss and stage manager. The musical brings together many members of the Sage community, including younger classes alumni, parents, and faculty/staff. For the past six years, the musical has received many nominations and awards from the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild for acting, singing and set design.