‘The Fantastic Chocolate Factory’ wins musical in São Paulo

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The shock was great: the cast of 38 actors had the scenes prepared, the special effects (mainly the most anticipated, the flight of the glass elevator) properly rehearsed, several tickets were sold in advance, but the premiere of Charlie and the Fantastic Chocolate Factory, the Musical it did not happen on schedule, in March of last year – the inciting pandemic at covid led to the closure of all cultural activities.

“It was a deep shock, but the isolated period allowed us to understand the show even more”, comments actress Sara Sarres, one of the stars of the musical, which opens on September 17 in a new house: Teatro Renault – in 2020, it would be at Teatro Alfa, but the space is now with a compromised schedule and it was not possible.

Understanding is, in fact, essential in a show that, despite its juvenile appearance, brings many lessons between the lines.

Inspired by Roald Dahl’s book published in 1964, the musical (produced by the Artium Institute of Culture) tells the story of Charlie Bucket, a poor boy who finds one of the coveted golden tickets, a passport to visit the mysterious chocolate factory Willy Wonka, a man for years isolated in his thoughts and fantasies.

His intention, by releasing the tour of the factory, is to find a child devoid of defects and ambitions and who will be elected his successor. But in the group that Charlie is part of are selfish, gluttonous, envious and disobedient boys and girls who, for this reason, end up punished and disqualified. None of them have the attributes that Willy Wonka saw in himself when he was a child himself.

“These are universal values ​​that, these days, gain even more relevance”, believes actor Cleto Baccic, who plays Wonka. “The spectacle puts us in front of our limits and shows that, despite the change in concepts, responsibility for actions remains essential.”

“The text shows the necessary awareness that each one needs to have with their actions”, continues Rodrigo Miallaret, interpreter for Joe, the grandfather who accompanies Charlie on his visit to the factory. “When someone breaks the rules, they need to know that there will be consequences.”