June 24, 2011 Posted by khelgeson in Entertainment, Local, News, Youth
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Big Sky Broadway presents Willy Wonka, Junior

Twenty-five Big Sky kids will take to the stage at Big Sky Resort on July 1, when Big Sky Broadway presents Willy Wonka, Junior on the ballroom stage at 6 p.m. This abridged version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory features all the characters you know and love, played by kids you’ve seen around town.

Directed by Big Sky’s much lauded musical talents John Zirkle and Klaudia Kosiak, audiences can expect a professionally produced show, with some Oompa Loompas having just completed first grade.

“John and Klaudia are skilled at expecting and getting excellent results from the kids, while still making the experience fun,” says Producer Barbara Rowley. “Last year, we thought we were reaching when we had the kids learn three Broadway songs for a benefit performance, but we quickly learned they can do much more than we can imagine.”

Imagination is the key-word for this stand-alone performance and the two-weeks of rehearsal that precede it, says Director John Zirkle. “Roald Dahl’s book is all about stretching your imagination and not being confined by what others say is possible,” says Zirkle. In rehearsals and in the show, Zirkle plans on daily exercises of the imagination which he hopes will infuse this classic show with new and unexpected flair. The kids will be involved in their costumes, set designs, and the back-stories of their characters as they prepare to put on the first-ever summer musical in Big Sky.

The production is being sponsored by Big Sky Resort, which is providing all rehearsal and performance spaces, the Big Sky Community Chorus, and Camp Big Sky, of which Big Sky Broadway is a part. As a special (literal) treat, La Chatelaine Chocolat Company of Bozeman will sell their trademark chocolates as well as special chocolate bars--five of which will contain a golden ticket good for a box of La Chatelaine chocolates.

Zirkle and Kosiak have assembled a team ready to teach the actors all the finer points of production and theater, including Stephanie Brink, a choreographer, opera singer and vocal coach from Colorado Springs and Eric Corliss, who as Camp Director, will keep rehearsals up-beat and creative. Anna Middleton, a LPHS student, will serve as General Stage Manager. Ambrose Locker, another LPHS student, is the Technical Director and Michel Tallichet is the lighting designer.

Tickets for the show will sell for $5 and will be available at the door and also at tables outside the post office during lunch hour during the two weeks before the performance. For more information on the show, contact Barbara Rowley at browley@3rivers.net.