Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR - July 28 - July 30, 2021

West Classical Academy

 Cast Who's Who  

  • Olivia Geluso head shot

    Olivia Geluso

    as Willy Wonka

    Olivia is a rising seventh grader at Plaza Middle School and a member of the VBCPS gifted dance program at ODS. Although this is her first musical theater production, she is no stranger to the stage. She has been studying and performing dance with Copeland Queen School of the Arts since preschool and is excited to join Rich Theatre this summer.

  • Lily Rouse head shot

    Lily Rouse

    as Candy Man

    Lily is a middle schooler in Virginia Beach and is thrilled to be performing with Rich Theatre. She has previously performed with Virginia Musical Theatre in Mary Poppins (Jane Banks) and with Virginia Stage Company in A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Christmas Past) and Matilda (Winifred/Matlida US).

  • Charlie Waite head shot

    Charlie Waite

    as Charlie Bucket

    Charlie is making his Rich Theatre debut in Willy Wonka Jr as Charlie Bucket. This is his first major role, but he performed in his school’s one act play and has always had a love of acting and singing. Big thanks to Ms. Anderson, PA Middle school chorus teacher, and of course Mum and Dad, for all their support.

  • Zimri Blount head shot

    Zimri Blount

    as Grandpa Joe

    Zimri is excited to be cast as Grandpa Joe, for Willy Wonka Jr. stage play. This character is very fitting, as Zimri prides himself on making people laugh. By way of hip-hop and ballroom dancing, Zimri is no stranger to performing. Zimri would like to give thanks to his family and friends for their love and continuous support. Last bit not least, a huge shout out to Rich Theatre for putting this together and being such an awesome team to work with, throughout this experience.

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