MONTVILLE, NJ - Just as the original “Willy Wonka, Jr.” opened a few weeks ago on Broadway in New York City, the students at Saint Pius X School brought the “world of pure imagination” to Montville, on May 11 and 12. The cast and crew represented by students K-8, drew a “whopper” back to back sold out crowd of about 500 guests.
The musical lead of Willy Wonka was played by seventh grader and shining star of Boonton’s Gateway to the Arts, Cassidy Davis. Willy Wonka was coupled with the infamous Golden Ticket Winner, Charlie, brought to you by fourth grade’s, Emily Smith.
St. Pius X school music department head Paul Carroll directed the play with the help of his wife, Alexandra. Students and parents from grades K-8 united with the head of school’s Art Department, Nancy Rodriguez, to establish set designs and direction.
Little surprises were in fact around every corner as the dedicated group of parents, alumni, and student volunteers put their ‘imagination’ to the test with backstage costuming, makeup, hair, and staging.
A member and mother in the audience Jen Davis expressed, “As a parent of two children, both in the show, my younger daughter Sydney as Mrs. Gloop, and older daughter Cassidy as Willy Wonka, I thought all of the kids did an excellent job."
Davis’ reaction to the production was a mirror of the masses. It is safe to say that the St. Pius X production of Willy Wonka Jr. was a “Wonkavator” ride to success.