#636 – Dick Bernard: "I DID IT!" Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Thursday night with the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra was, I thought, as good as it could get.
But that was before the Saturday afternoon performance of Willy Wonka by a great bunch of thespians from Proact.
The Orchestra and conductor Skrowaczewski got their deserved standing ovations; so did the cast bringing to life Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Here’s the program booklet for today’s performance: Proact Players W Wonka001
The actors and actresses in today’s performance were all people of exceptional abilities, including my daughter Heather, who is Down Syndrome and is a charmer of the first order. In the casting, she was listed as Oompa Loompa/Grandma Josephine, and was on stage as the play began.
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Heather, third from left, under the blanket.

By the time the one hour play ended, the full-house audience displayed all the enthusiasm of the Orchestra crowd on Thursday.
The cast and all connected with the performance deserved the accolades.

The cast on stage, October 20, 2012

Applause over, and treats awaiting in the lobby, cast and crew joined the audience.
Heather came down, exclaiming “I DID IT!”, reminding me of the same exclamation by someone else a year or so ago. You can read it here.
WOW! What a lesson….

Cathy, Heather, Dick after the performance.

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