PHOTOS: Teen Summer Musical Presents ‘Uncle Willy’s Chocolate Factory’

by Susan Fried

Teen Summer Musical presents Uncle Willy’s Chocolate Factory this weekend at Benaroya Hall, a presentation put together with the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Atlantic Street Center, and Seattle Parks and Recreation. Emerald Contributor Susan Fried attended a dress rehearsal and provided this photo essay.

The summer musical allows local teens to perform and learn the business side of theater operations. Professional artists work with the youth on acting, dance, singing, costumes, lighting, and set design.

2019 performances will take place at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., August 22 through 25.

Thomas Jemil, a cast member of the 2019 Teen Summer Musical Uncle Willy’s Chocolate Factory applies a mustache before a dress rehearsal at Benaroya Aug. 22. (Photo: Susan Fried)
Charlie Bucket played by Isaiah Banks sings during the final rehearsal for the annual Teen Summer Musical, Uncle Willy’s Chocolate Factory on August 22. (Photo: Susan Fried)
Charlie Bucket played by Isaiah Banks, Uncle Willy by Mychael Hodges and Grandpa Joe by KyRi Malik Miller go through a dress rehearsal before the start of the musicals four-day run at Benaroya.(Photo: Susan Fried)
Uncle Willy played by Mychael Hodges talks with Mrs. Gloop, Shawnel Davison about what might be happening to her son Augustus Gloop after he fell in the chocolate river during the final dress rehearsal of Uncle Willy’s Chocolate Factory at Benaroya Hall on Aug. 22. (Photo: Susan Fried)
Kaden Johnson, 9, who plays a Mini Oompa-Loompa, holds up a Golden Ticket during the final rehearsal for the annual Teen Summer Musical, Uncle Willy’s Chocolate Factory on August 22. (Photo: Susan Fried)
Charlie’s grandparents discuss the possibility of Charlie getting the winning ticket during a dress rehearsal Aug. 22. (Photo: Susan Fried)
Mrs. Beauregarde played by Vashti Randolph reacts to her daughter Violet Beauregarde (Angel Hines) behavior during the final dress rehearsal Aug. 22. (Photo: Susan Fried)
Charlie Bucket played by Isaiah Banks sings during the final rehearsal for the annual Teen Summer Musical, Uncle Willy’s Chocolate Factory on August 22. (Photo: Susan Fried)
Cast members of the Seattle Parks and Recreation annual 2019 Teen Summer Musical, Uncle Willy’s Chocolate Factory, run through a dress rehearsal at Benaroya on Aug. 22. (Photo: Susan Fried)