St Philip's Christian College presents Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre

MUCH-LOVED TALE: St Philip's students rehearsing for this week's production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Picture: supplied

MUCH-LOVED TALE: St Philip's students rehearsing for this week's production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Picture: supplied

St Philip’s Christian College Cessnock will bring the beloved children’s classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to life on stage this week.

More than 100 middle school students (years 5 to 8) make up the cast and have been rehearsing at lunch time, after school and more recently, on Saturday afternoons in anticipation of the show at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre this Thursday to Saturday.

The production is an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, written and directed by the college’s senior drama teacher, Andrew Hall.

Mr Hall had to write to Dahl’s estate for copyright approval to perform the show, which includes a mix of classic songs from the film versions, songs derived from Dahl’s poems, pop parodies and original songs.

Mr Hall wrote the adaptation in 2011 and it was first performed in Port Macquarie, and is exciting to have the opportunity to bring it to the stage in Cessnock.

He said the experience will give students self-confidence, self-belief and lasting memories.

“Being part of a professional-type production like this sticks with you forever,” he said.

“That buzz is something that’s pretty special.”

The show is a high-quality performance with black light puppetry, beautiful costumes and some incredible stage props and backdrops.

More than 70 staff and students make up the backstage crew for the five-show run.

Shows will be held at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Thursday at 10am and 7pm; Friday at 10am and 7pm (sold out) and Saturday at 7pm (sold out).

All are welcome; call the box office on 4993 4266 for ticket inquiries.

Take a look at photos from last week’s rehearsals in the gallery below.

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