Five Mackenzie College pupils are set to taste some sweet success on the Fairlie stage.
The five teenagers will perform lead roles for the Mackenzie Theatre Group’s production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The play, which is based on the 1964 children’s book by Roald Dahl and adapted by Richard George, will be performed by special arrangement with the New Zealand Play Bureau.
The show will see George Waymouth play the protagonist Charlie Bucket, Daniel Dobbs the gluttonous Augustus Gloop, Cassie Anderson the gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde, Amy Hay the obnoxious Veruca Salt and Cameron Dobbs the tech-obsessed Mike Teavee.
Cassie (14) has starred in shows previously, but is revelling in the opportunity to have a main role.
She has enjoyed getting into her “sassy, competitive, tart of a character”, one which she assures is completely different from her real life persona.
Cassie has also perfected bubble-popping to portray her gum-chewing character.
“I could never blow bubbles before so I’ve had to learn how to. It’s been fun,” she said.
Daniel (13) had to be coerced into his role after “he was exactly how everyone imagined Augustus Gloop to be”. Daniel can usually be found playing rugby or on the farm, so learning to dance and sing has been quite a challenge.
George (12), who will play the main role of Charlie Bucket is his biggest yet.
He is excited and thoroughly enjoying getting into his poor, sad character who has a good heart.
George has also had plenty of practice with his lines at home, starring alongside his real-life and on-stage mother Maria Roche as Mrs Bucket.
Amy (12), a year 9 pupil, said she was surprised to get the part of Veruca.
She describes her character as a girl “who gets whatever she wants and has her parents wrapped round her little finger”, something Amy said was not the case in her real life.
Cameron (14) is no stranger to the stage, enjoying singing, playing the piano and taking lead roles in school shows.
Director Deborah O’Neill said the show was an explosion of energy, vibrancy, colour and laughter and the performers promise many moments of fun, and hilarity.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be performed at the Fairlie Community Centre from May 19-26. Tickets are available from Heartlands or from mackenzietheatre.co.nz