Lucky Saeger Middle School students received the opportunity of a lifetime recently, when they had the chance to visit Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory! Well, maybe not in real life, but definitely in Saeger’s production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” On Thursday, March 2, the auditorium at Francis Howell Central High School was packed with about 300 attendees to see this production by the Saeger Drama Department.
“The biggest challenge was performing with the space that we had, and not having the full control of the backstage,” said Director Kathy Carron. “Nevertheless, the performance was about the students. My goal was to give them control over their characters and their parts, make it their own, and have fun with it!”
The cast and crew consisted of 41 sixth, seventh, and eight grade students. They auditioned in December, and began rehearsals in January. Students were very excited about their roles, which showed in their energetic performance. Actors and the stage crew worked together to build a set that not only replicated the scenes from the play, but also functioned well with limited space and resources.
“One of my biggest challenges was learning those long lines,” said Hunter Watson, who played Willy Wonka. “I’m really passionate about this play because one day, I want to be in films. I’ve always loved movies and the idea of portraying a certain role.” Both the audience and critics gave the production two thumbs up!