n MUSICAL — ‘Wonka Wonderland’, Let’s Dance Studio, Mansfield Palace Theatre
YOU did not need to be a chocaholic to enjoy this mouth-watering show by the Let’s Dance Studio, of Hucknall.
The members’ exhilarating version of Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie And The Chocolate Factory’ brought the well-loved story vividly to life.
Olivia Diggle showed plenty of aplomb as factory owner WIllie Wonka and there was an engaging performance by Olivia Johnson as Charlie, while Isabella Widdowson played grandad, complete with Zimmer frame.
The other winners of golden tickets to meet Wonka — and meet with mixed fortunes, depending on how greedy they proved to be — were Izzy Johnson as Candee, Esme Patterson as Violet, Jade Tilford as Bratney and George Blatherwick as Olly.
Jessica Thompson launched the proceedings as a newsreader, with Ashleigh Meredith as Violet Blue, and seven Oompa Loompas had a catchy signature tune to dance to.
Many of the lively numbers, including ‘Lollipop’, ‘Sweet Like Chocolate’, ‘Candyman’ and ‘Peppermint Twist’, were well in keeping with the confectionery theme and there was even an impressive chocolate river.
A hilarious highlight was an appearance by six men as sugar-plum fairies.
The production supported the charity When You Wish Upon A Star and a moving moment came towards the end when the first names of 16 children who have benefited from the charity were displayed on the stage.
One of the show’s songs, ‘I Just Can’t Get Enough’, summed up the response of enthusiastic audiences to the two performances of this stunning show.