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Cairns students present Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


STUDENTS from St Monica’s and St Augustine’s Colleges will combine their talents to bring to life a musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory from Thursday, 2 May to Saturday, 4 May at Cairns Performing Arts Centre (CPAC).

Willy Wonka, played by Daniel O’Connell, invites the lucky Golden Ticket winners – Charlie Bucket (played by Emma Reeve), Violet Beauregarde (Emma Maher), Augustus Gloop (Kyle Heidenreich), Veruca Salt (Lillee Chapple), and Mike Teevee (Caitlin Maher) – on an extraordinary tour of his renowned and mysterious chocolate factory.

As in the book and films of the same name, all kinds of sweets-related shenanigans ensue.

After six months of hard work, the students are excited to bring their talents to the stage, bringing Cairns audiences a delectable delight crafted from pure imagination.

Lillee chapple rehearses for her role as the spoiled veruca salt Image supplied
Lillee Chapple rehearses for her role as the spoiled Veruca Salt IMAGE Supplied

St Monica’s teacher and Year 11 Pastoral Leader Wendy Casey said she is proud of the students’ work and dedication.

“Rehearsals have shown that this is shaping up to be a spectacular performance,” she said.

“The students can’t wait to entertain the people of Cairns with this classic story.”

St Augustine’s and St Monica’s share a history of combined musicals and plays, showcasing the talented performers who have often gone on to star in Cairns Choral Society productions and beyond, with some pursuing careers in the theatre.

Kyle heidenreich as augustus gloop Image supplied
Kyle Heidenreich as Augustus Gloop rehearses with Grace Blakeney IMAGE Supplied

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory promises to be the schools’ sweetest adventure yet, with the youngsters bringing the story to light in a riot of colour and song.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tickets are on sale now, starting at $40 for adults and $20 for children and youths 17 and under.

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: Dr Karl set to come to Ecofiesta and Keep your disaster kit old-school.

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