The Princess Who Had No Name

Fall, 2013

When a girl wakes up alone in a tower in the forest, she has no memory of her past. She can’t remember where she’s from or how she got there. She can’t even remember her own name! All alone, she embarks on a journey to recall her past. Along the way, she meets several fairy-tale characters — Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Cinderella and Rapunzel to name a few. Some are helpful and some dangerous, yet all have information that intertwines and helps our fair maiden recall her own story, eventually revealing her true identity as a princess. Of course, her prince is desperately looking for her, but he seems to always be one step behind and inadvertently rescuing and winning the hearts of the wrong princesses! With fun new takes on the stories everyone loves, the Princess’s quest to remember her true identity keeps everyone guessing to the happily ever after ending!

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Tiffany Prechel Production Preparation Crew`
Natalie Benson Good Fairy 1 and Forest animal
Sami Froemke Production Preparation Crew
Claire Simmons Good Fairy 2 and Forest Animal
Rebecca Negrete-Ramos Rapunzel's Forest Witch and Forest Animal
Marcella Godina Fairy Godmother
Sophia Bos Snow White
Sarah Dunn Bear (middle) and Southern Courtier
Iszondrea Robbins Giddy the Dwarf/Southern Courtier
Lindsey Rightmire Good Fairy 3 and Forest Animal
Meagan Andersen Goldilocks/Southern Courtier
Kasie Thompson Cinderella
Zoie Smith Flighty the dwarf
Nicole Barajas Queen of the West and Queen of the South
Stormy Slack Production Preparation Crew
Alice Hiemstra The Princess
Esmeralda Barocio Gonzalez Evil Fairy, Forest Animal
Sabrina Allen Guilty the Dwarf/Southern Courtier
Rosie Green Rapunzel
Kristen Yanez The Steward/Forest Creature
Amanda Gregory Hansel/Gretel Forest Witch/ Southern Courtier
Megan Sifuentes Gretel (later Whiny the Dwarf)
Rayanna Kuhnhenn Queen of the North/forest animal
Michael Cozzens Little Bear/Southern Courtier (later Prince Adonis)
Terrence Kayutak Hippie the Dwarf/Southern Courtier
Levi Nelson Whiny the Dwarf/Southern Courtier (later, Prince Reveille)
Nathan Rodriguez The Herald and Prince Swavay
Sterling Smith Rumplestiltskin (also later, Papa Bear)
Ian Ritchie Nosy the Dwarf/Southern Courtier
Isaac Alexander Rowdy the Dwarf; King of the South
Sara VanCorbach The Nurse/Forest Animal
Ethan Fischer Big Bear and Prince Adonis (original)
Trint Schenk Prince Reveille (original)
Cole VanderMeulen Hansel/Prince Hercules
Samantha Pietscher Production Preparation Crew
Rebecca Mann Production Preparation Crew
Rachel Fender Production Preparation Crew
Reigna Bower Production Preparation Crew
Elizabeth Aguiar Production preparation crew
Gabbee Pistoresi Production Preparation crew
Karina Lunning Production Preparation Crew
Jenna Bower Production Preparation Crew
Hayley Anthony Production Preparation Crew
Kenia Rangel Production Preparation Crew
Alejandra Carranza Production Preparation Crew
Naomi Campbell Production Preparation Crew
Ryan Grenz Production Preparation Crew
Reon Whittum Production Preparation Crew
Cody Juan Production Preparation Crew
Josh Fender Production Preparation Crew
Austin Wingardner Production Preparation Crew
Jazmin Carranza Production Preparation Crew
Sarah Soto Production Preparation Crew
Caitlyn Wertenberger Production Preparation Crew
Cody Kallenberger Production Preparation Crew
Sophie Allen Production Preparation Crew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Willy Wonka

Spring 2014

The novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was written in 1964 by British author Roald Dahl, a British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot and screenwriter.
Born in Wales toNorwegian parents, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, in which he became a flying ace and intelligence officer, rising to the rank of Acting wing commander. He rose to prominence in the 1940s with works for both children and adults and became one of the world's best-selling authors. He has been referred to as "one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century." In 2008, The London Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". His short stories are known for their unexpected endings and his children's books for their unsentimental, often very dark humor.
Dahl's works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, The Twits, George's Marvellous Medicine and The BFG. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was written in 1964. The story features the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka. The book's sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, was written by Roald Dahl in 1972. Dahl had also planned to write a third book in the series but never finished it.
The story was originally inspired by Roald Dahl's experience of chocolate companies during his schooldays. Cadbury would often send test packages to the schoolchildren in exchange for their opinions on the new products. At that time (around the 1920s), Cadbury and Rowntree's were England's two largest chocolate makers and they each often tried to steal trade secrets by sending spies, posing as employees, into the other's factory. Because of this, both companies became highly protective of their chocolate-making processes. It was a combination of this secrecy and the elaborate, often gigantic, machines in the factory that inspired Dahl to write the story.

It was later adapted into two major movies: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in 1971 (which was actually despised by Roald Dahl himself), starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, character actor Jack Albertson as Grandpa Joe, and Peter Ostrum as Charlie Bucket. It did alright at the box office, but subsequent sales on DVD have made it a cult classic since. Concurrently with the 1971 film, a line of candies was introduced by the Quaker Oats Company that uses the book's characters and imagery for its marketing.

Another film version, titled Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and directed by Tim Burton, was released in 2005. It starred Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka, Freddie Highmore as Charlie Bucket, Deep Roy as the Oompa-Loompas, and Geoffrey Holder as the Narrator. The film was a hit. The 1971 and 2005 films are consistent with the written work to varying degrees. The Burton film greatly expanded Willy Wonka's personal back-story borrowing many themes and elements from the sequel. Both films heavily expanded the personalities of the four bad children and their parents from the limited descriptions in the book.  

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, the musical written by Tim McDonald and Leslie Bricusse, made its stage premiere in 2004 at the Kennedy Center. It premiered with a cast of only seven, with many of the characters, such as the grandparents and thechildrens’ parents, being played by nearly life-size puppets. It was given mixed reviews at the time, but has grown to be loved by most who watch it. Since then, it has been performed all over, from tiny high schools like ours, to huge Las Vegas productions. A new version is currently on the London stage.

Staging this classic fantasy story was a huge challenge for ZCSTC—and students and directors alike have been working for months to design and build the many, many parts of the factory where candy dreams come true.    It was a first show the used rear stage projections as part of the set, and the second act, comprised of the factory scenes, pretty much filled up our tiny backstage with not only elaborate set pieces but also a large crew of techies to move it all fast enough!  It was a fun experience and a challenge at the same time.

Directed by Lynn Brant, Joyce Hollenbaugh and Jason Schoonover

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Willy Wonka                              Eugene Bell                                                      

Kandie                                         Sophia Bos      

Fanny Trout                                Meagan Anderson            

                         

Charlie Bucket                          Sterling Smith

Mrs. Bucket                                Sara VanCorbach

Mr. Bucket                                Alex Fergus

Grandma Josephine                   Sabrina Allen

Grandpa Joe I                          saac Alexander

Grandma Georgina                  Megan Sifuentes

Grandpa George                      Levi Nelson

 

Townspeople

Amanda Gregory

Brooke Boisselle

Caitlyn Wertenberger

Madelyn Tuning

Claire Simmons

Samantha Pietscher

Sarah Dunn

Sophia Allen

Charlie’s Friends

Rachel Fender

Becky Crossley

Colleen Bell

Emma: Lindsey Rightmire

Alvin: Nathan Rodriguez

Matilda: Rebecca Negrete Ramos

Janie: Marcella Godina

Augustus Gloop Kobe Trego

Mrs. Gloop Madeline Dunbar

Veruca Salt Rosie Green

Mr. Salt Cole VanderMeulen

Mike Teavee Ian Richie

Ms. Teavee Kasie Thompson

Violet Beauregarde Alice Hiemstra

Mrs. Beauregarde Marisa Nelson

Chorus of Cooks/Germans Rebecca Negrete Ramos

Marcella Godina

Lindsey Rightmire

Becky Crossley

Amanda Gregory

Brooke Boisselle

Caitlyn Wertenberger

Claire Simmons

Colleen Bell

Madelyn Tuning

Rachel Fender

Samantha Pietscher

Sophia Allen

The Chef Sarah Dunn

The Camera/Sound Man Nathan Rodriguez

Factory Chorus

Meagan Anderson

Sophie Bos

Sara VanCorbach

Alex Fergus

Sabrina Allen

Megan Sifuentes

Rebecca Negrete Ramos

Marcella Godina

Brooke Boisselle

Caitlyn Wertenberger

Samantha Pietscher

Oompa Loompas

Levi Nelson

Lindsey Rightmire

Nathan Rodriguez

Amanda Gregory

Claire Simmons

Colleen Bell

Madelyn Tuning

Rachel Fender

Sarah Dunn

Sophia Allen

Becky Crossley

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