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Student choir to sing Willy Wonka
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More than 100 Indian Creek Middle School choral students packed into the Eastside High School Auditorium Tuesday evening for a dress rehearsal for the production of "Willy Wonka Junior."

Students were dressed as fictional Oompa Loompas and a number of other characters from the imaginable tale, which included an eccentric chocolate factory owner, Willy Wonka, and five lucky children who found golden tickets wrapped in chocolate bars.

Choral students will put on the production on Thursday, March 7 and Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at the Eastside Auditorium. Admission is $7 in advanced and $8 at the door. Tickets to performances can be purchased at Indian Creek Middle School. The money goes towards the chorus program at the middle school.

Indian Creek Middle School Chorus director Jane Compton said the about 120 7th and 8th grade students will participate in the production, which takes place every two years.

Compton said before Tuesday’s dress rehearsal, chorus students have practiced for the play in the classroom, designed their costumes, and created sets for the production. She said the performance will give students the opportunity to learn about theater.

"When they get to high school, they have already had some experience with theatre and they can decide if they like music theatre or if they like just singing in chorus, or if they like just the theater part," Compton said.

"It makes the kids a well-rounded choral student because too many times a lot of people think you just stand and sing or dance and sing," she said. "In this you actually do the whole production as far as a play or a musical. It’s all different parts."