PHOTOS: Get your golden tickets

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  • Frank Jackson, musical director for the Smith Academy production of Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka", accompanies Bridie Bowler, Riley DiPillo and Christian Kroll, right, in the number "Flying" during a rehearsal on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Hatfield Elementary School.  STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • A company of "Oompa-Loompas" in Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka" rehearses on Saturday at Hatfield Elementary School for the Smith Academy production that will open at the high school on April 5 for a run of three shows. STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Director Kate Saik, standing facing the stage, rehearses a cast of Hatfield students in the final scene of Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka" at the elementary school on Saturday. STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • A cast of Hatfield students in Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka" rehearses the show’s final number on Saturday at the elementary school. The Smith Academy production opens at the high school on April 5 for a run of three shows. STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Bridie Bowler, center, in the lead role of Charlie Bucket, confesses to tasting the Fizzy-Lifting Drinks to Riley DiPillo, left, playing the title role in Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka" during a rehearsal on Saturday at Hatfield Elementary School. Christian Kroll, at right, plays the part of Grandpa Joe. STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Riley DiPillo, center, in the title role of Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka" lets out a hearty laugh to the alarm of cast members, from left, Audrey Smith, J.J. Kroll, Hollis Toney and Claire Bennett during a rehearsal on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Hatfield Elementary School. STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • J.J. Kroll, left, shouts in the ear of Riley DiPillo as they rehearse for the Smith Academy production of Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka”. The show opens at the high school on April 5. STAFF PHOTO/ KEVIN GUTTING

Published: 3/27/2019 1:32:48 PM

HATFIELD – About 55 Hatfield students spent Saturday afternoon at the elementary school constructing set pieces and rehearsing for the Smith Academy production of Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka”, a musical based on Dahl’s 1964 book, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. Under the direction of Kate Saik, and accompanied by longtime musical director Frank Jackson on piano, the cast and crew of fifth- through twelth-graders practiced several numbers, readying for opening night Friday, April 5, in the Smith Academy gymnasium. Produced by Liz Vollinger and Julia Banister, the show repeats April 6 with a matinee and an evening performance.

Kevin Gutting can be reached at kgutting@gazettenet.com.



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