Jummel Hidrosollo / Special to the Home News
Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 | 2:37 p.m.
As stage hands ran back and forth and students worked busily backstage, more than one guest walked into Green Valley High School's theater humming or singing "I've Got a Golden Ticket."
It was an ode, of sorts, to the performing arts department's latest feat: "Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka," a production presented by the theater department with live accompaniment by the school's orchestra.
About 65 students, including some elementary and middle school students, worked to change the stage into a magical land of chocolate and excitement.
"It's 'Wonka'-tastic," said Coree Davis, 16, who plays the Candy Man.
Students said preparing for the production was nerve-wracking, but well worth it.
"It's the most fun experience I've had," Barry Fortgang, 15, said.
Dressed in a purple suit and top hat, complete with glittery strands hanging from every inch of his pants, Fortgang portrayed Willy Wonka.
One of the biggest features of this production — a favorite for some of the students — was the addition of pulleys and other equipment to make actors fly.
To be true to the story, it was necessary to fly through both the Fizzy Lifting Room and, at the end of the tour, up the Wonkavator.
Dozens of children filled the back of the theater as the show was beginning on Friday, and one girl in particular couldn't wait to get on with it.
"This is my third time," Olivia Lee, 7, said as she walked into the theater.
Her older sister, Tatum Lee, had a part in the show as Ms. Teavee.
"I love it," Olivia said. "It's just really fun to watch."
Frances Vanderploeg can be reached at 990-2660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.