This weekend, the Performing Arts Center at Tipton Rosemark Academy will be transformed into a wondrous chocolate factory as the Middle School Theatre Department performs “Willy Wonka Jr.”

Based on the story by Roald Dahl, “Willy Wonka Jr.” follows the eccentric candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. The five lucky children who find these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy.


The cast was announced in October and this talented group of middle school students has spent many hours rehearsing, leading up to this week’s opening. 

As an exciting preview to the show, the Fine Arts department has been selling Wonka Bars. Hidden inside five of these chocolate bars are Golden Tickets that can be redeemed for a free ticket to a performance of the show, as well as a sweet prize package filled with donations from supportive businesses in Tipton and Shelby County. 

The show opens Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. and will be performed at the same time on Friday and Saturday nights. The show will also take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Tickets are available in advance by visiting the links on both the Tipton Rosemark Academy website and the Tipton Rosemark Fine Arts Facebook page. Tickets can also be purchased at the door; the cost is $10 for adults and $8 for students. 

This performance is under the direction of Logan Vaughn, a 2011 graduate of Tipton Rosemark Academy, who studied musical theatre at the University of Mobile before returning home to Rosemark where she now resides. Logan is the daughter of Tipton Rosemark Academy’s Fine Arts and Choral Director LaLania Vaughn. This will be their tenth production to co-direct.

This performance would not be possible without the hard work of a production team comprised of upper school students, as well as alumni, who pour into all aspects of the school’s Fine Arts program. 

Many of these students will be starring in TRA’s Spring production of SpongeBob the Musical, which will run March 21-26 and will serve as their competition show this year for consideration at the High School Musical Theatre Awards at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis.

Wonka cast and crew

Willy Wonka/Candy Man – Ty Tyler

Charlie – Adam Walker

Grandpa Joe – Zachary Crane

Mr. Bucket – Jackson Biggs

Mrs. Bucket – Emme Williamson

Matilda – Georgianne Phelps

James  – Logan West

Phinney Trout  – Ryleigh Kate Hampton

Augustus Gloop  – Vander Burchett

Mrs. Gloop  – Emme Williamson

Veruca Salt  – Ellie Kate Stewart

Mr. Salt – Angelo Khattar

Violet Beauregarde – Lizzie Tyler

Mrs. Beauregarde – Emilie Franks

Mike Teavee – Walker Moody

Mrs. Teavee – Grace Vego

Grandma Georgina – Delia Sigler

Grandma Josephina – Naomi Blair

Grandpa George – Weston Smith

Oompa Loompas – Kaylee Bauer, Naomi Blair, Kamryn Dacus, Zoe Meredith, Synclaire Nichols, Malak Prince, Allie Scott, Delia Sigler, James Smith, Weston Smith, Emma Lacey Stafford

Student Assistant Director – Cade Harkness

Student Assistant Director – .Cameron Long

Designer of Promotional Materials – Madison Clement

Tech Director – Thomas Nichols

Student Choreographer – Rylee Ford

Student Choreographer – Nathan West

Student Asst, Choreographer – Trace Scott

Student Music Assistant – Ella Williamson

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