This summer I'm directing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at a summer camp directed by the YWCA, at a public school in Coney Island. I have about 62 kids. 46 are Oompa Loompas. Yesterday, I assigned parts and realized that this show can't be anything but amazing. Here are my leads:
Charlie Bucket - 4th grader from Uzbekistan, says "Villy Vonka," can also do cockney accent and translate books into Russian off the top of his head
Veruca Salt - 4th grader from Ukraine, freckled and sarcastic. When I put my hand on her shoulder to congratulate her for getting Veruca she said, "Don't touch me."
Violet Beauregard - 4th grader from Colombia, already an insatiable gum chewer
Augustus Gloop - 4th grader who once drew me a unicorn on command
Mike Teavee - Burmese 4th grader who can do math faster in his head than I can
Willy Wonka - Israeli/Belgian 4th grader who once told me that with blush on, I look like his grandmother
Grandpa Joe - Italian 6th grader who was held back a year and wants to be Babe Ruth when he grows up