ShareThis Page
South Hills

'Willy Wonka' takes the stage in Brentwood

| Friday, April 6, 2018, 11:00 p.m.

“Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka, the amazing chocolatier. Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka, everybody give a cheer!!” While it's not a chocolate factory, Brentwood High School's stage will feel like one April 12-14 when the school presents its spring musical, “Willy Wonka.”

Adapted from Roald Dahl's tale, the musical combines the 1971 movie adaptation with the newer scores from Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.

The story follows the eccentric Willy Wonka, a candy manufacturer, as he hides five golden tickets in his candy bars. Those who find the golden tickets will be granted a special tour of the candy plant and a lifetime supply of candy. There's just one catch: they must follow Mr. Wonka's strict rules, which proves to be difficult for four spoiled children. The fifth child, Charlie Bucket, is a pleasant young boy, and navigates the plant with his grandfather.

Brentwood musical director Virginia Schaap is in her 11th year of leading musicals. A professional singer who majored in voice at the University of Pittsburgh, she is the lone musical substitute teacher for the entire district and the assistant marching band director for Pitt's marching band.

Willy Wonka was chosen, Virginia Schaap said, for her group of 62 students because it had the most male students of any of her past productions.

“We have 12 seniors, and eight of the lead roles are played by male students,” Virginia Schaap said.

But one of the main roles — Charlie Bucket — is played by a female, junior Zana Daghlas.

“It took a while to really grasp this role,” Daghlas said. “Charlie is such a large character; so happy-go-lucky. Changing ‘he' to ‘she.' It was challenging, but because Charlie is so happy, it's easy to be happy in this role, even if I was having a bad day.”

Senior Paul Schaap, who plays Willy Wonka, has been in seven musicals and believes his character reflects his own personality.

“There are similarities — I guess I'm really energetic like Willy Wonka, too,” Paul Schaap said. “It makes the acting easier because I can be myself.

“It's neat because this role has been played by two awesome actors ± Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp,” Paul Schaap said. “I can kind of pick and choose what characteristics I want to take from each.”

Both students hope to continue their acting efforts when they attend college; Daghlas still has another year before then, and Paul Schaap will be attending Carlow University in the fall as an education major.

While director Virginia Schaap strives to create a family environment during each of her shows, the challenge always lies in funding.

“We are self-funded,” she said. “There's no budget for musicals. We depend on ticket sales and fundraisers to get us through.”

Christina Sheleheda is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me