Willy Wonka Jr. SPEF

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

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Description

The Fifth Grade Musical is a South Pasadena tradition that brings together students from all three elementary schools. This fall, fifth-grade students will begin rehearsing the popular musical, Willy Wonka Jr., in preparation for performances at the South Pasadena High School Auditorium on Friday, February 1 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, February 2 at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm, and Sunday, February 3 at 2:00 pm.

The 5th Grade Musical production is self-sustaining with all staff and expenses covered by ticket sales and student tuition for the program. It is made possible through the high-level of involvement from parent volunteers who handle everything from supervising rehearsals and designing posters to applying makeup and working backstage and props. See the full schedule here.

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl’sWilly Wonka Jr. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

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Additional information

Class Location

1401 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Class Times

See attached schedule.

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Performance Dates

Friday, February 1 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, February 2 at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm, and Sunday, February 3 at 2:00 pm.

Performance Location

1401 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Program Location

Production Team

Patrick Hallahan : Director

Patrick Hallahan

Director

Patrick Hallahan has been a teacher and director since age sixteen. Working for the non-profit group Children's Theatre Network of California, Patrick worked on dozens of classic musicals (everything from "Music Man" and "My Fair Lady" to "West Side Story" and "Into the Woods") to put himself through college. After graduating from UCLA's School of Theatre, Film, and Television with a BA in theatre, Patrick was accepted to The Juilliard Drama Division, where he graduated in '00.

Patrick worked as an actor in New York for six years before moving to southern california to continue to teach, direct, and act closer to his family and friends. Since returning to California, he has worked for the Metropolitan Arts (MET2) group, Arts Northridge, AMDA in Hollywood, and the Southern California Musical Theatre, directing productions, running workshops and classes, and staging showcases for graduating conservatory students. He ultimately hopes to return to school within the next few years to get an MFA in Directing for the stage.

Patrick’s productions for Upstage include the summer camp shows "Oh Mamma Mia", "High School Musical 2" and "Into the Woods Jnr"; and the after-school productions of "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and "Singin’ in the Rain". Recently he completed a successful summer directing "Cats" and "Once On This Island Jnr".

Mike McClure : Director & Choreographer

Mike McClure

Director & Choreographer

Mike McClure was a musical theater major at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music (CCM) and has performed, directed, choreographed and taught in New York, Los Angeles and many places in between.

Favorite roles as a performer are Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain, BJ Gibson in The 1940’s Radio Hour & Orin, the Dentist, in Little Shop of Horrors. Favorite shows as a director/choreographer are Hairspray, West Side Story, Music Man and Romeo & Juliet, the Rock Musical.

He choreographed the national tours of Gypsy & The Sound of Music as well as regional productions of Cats and Hair.

He has taught jazz, musical theater dance, acting and filmmaking in various locations over the past 20 years and has gotten to share the stage with musical theater legends like Gene Kelly, Tommy Tune, Joel Grey, George Hearn and Sandy Duncan.

Debra Lee : Musical Director

Debra Lee

Musical Director

Debra Kay Lee has been singing in choirs since she was nine years old. She went on to study music at CSUN and toured Europe with John Alexander and the University Singers. Debra has had the pleasure of teaching music and theatre to children since 2006 under the expert tutelage of Adrian Neil. She has worked on productions such as "Annie", "High School Musical 1 & 2", "Guys and Dolls", "Little Shop of Horrors", and "Into The Woods Jr".

Debra has appeared on Good Morning America singing with The Caroling Company. As a comedian she opened for Jerry Seinfeld at the Hollywood Improv and for Suzanne Edwards at the Country Music Radio Festival in Nashville. Some of her favorite roles have been Svetlana in "Chess", Yucca in "My Cup Ranneth Over" and Bobbi Lynn in "The All Star Radio Broadcast of 1939". Her T.V. and film credits include "Capitol", "Days of Our Lives", the indie film "Lost" and the web series "Nora Breaks Free". Her theatre roles include Mrs. Fezziwiz in "Marley’s Xmas", Diedre in "Richard’s Cork Leg" and Enid in "A Chorus of Disapproval".

Debra loves teaching at Upstage Schools and seeing the amazing growth and joy that the kids experience from their participation in the program.

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