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Sweet Success for ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’

11 mei 2015

The cast of 50 children from Years 5 and 6 delighted audiences with their production of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ last week. They took the audience on a journey through a world of chocolate, music and dancing, and the Hip Hop Oompa Loompas went down a treat! Freyha Khogali and Carolina De Vincenzo, who played Grandpa Joe and Charlie Bucket tell us all about the experience… 

  • Primary students at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi delight audiences with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Primary students at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi delight audiences with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Primary students at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi delight audiences with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Primary students at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi delight audiences with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Primary students at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi delight audiences with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Primary students at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi delight audiences with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Primary students at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi delight audiences with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Freyha, Carolina and the cast on stage last week

Can you imagine what it would be like to perform in an auditorium packed full of people? Maybe not, but we can!

Last week some of you may have watched our Key Stage 2 performance of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and seen us playing Charlie Bucket and Grandpa Joe and now we are going to tell you our thoughts and feelings about our production.

The First Months

When we first got the parts we did not realise how much work and effort needed to be put into the role, but as time went on we realised how well we needed to learn our lines and how not knowing them would put the scene in trouble. We treasured the time that Miss Rakowski gave to helping us, because we knew that she had the essential information we needed on how we were to act. It was good working alongside people such as Pelin, Kara, Lia, Grace, Seonaid and Alexandra, because they were always able to keep us in character all throughout the shows.

Dress Rehearsal

On Tuesday afternoon we were so scared because it was our first show to a real audience that had never seen it before and we had to do it without stopping if we did something wrong, we would have to keep going! It was a bit frustrating sometimes when people forgot their lines, mostly because there would be a little pause and we didn’t really know how to make up lines to solve it, but we all managed to pull together and act as professionals. Performing to Year 3 was a good start because they were younger and so they interrupted more with laughter and applause. However we managed to entertain them a lot and it was a great success!

The Performances

We felt like we were about to be sick when the audience came in!! They were coming in very nosily and excitedly and we were getting more nervous by the minute. But once the first scene started we calmed down and really got into our roles. Act 1 flew by and all of a sudden it was madness backstage in the interval because all the Oompa Loompas were becoming orange (or as we like to call it ‘loomparing’.) It was sometimes hard not to laugh at our own jokes on stage, especially Aaron as Willy Wonka but we were really proud of ourselves at the end.

After seven months of hard work it was sad to leave it all behind after only 3 performances, however we had an amazing experience and will keep it in our memories forever and we hope you do too! 

- Freyha Khogali 6S and Carolina De Vincenzo 6B