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Roald Dahl fans will rejoice at the opportunity to bring their favorite books and characters to life. Five of Dahl’s hugely popular, beloved books have been adapted into winning plays for children. With useful tips on staging, props, and costumes, these plays can be produced with a minimum amount of resources and experience. Teachers, parents, and children everywhere will recognize Quentin Blake’s appealing classic cover art and will find these easy-to-perform plays to be a ...
Roald Dahl fans will rejoice at the opportunity to bring their favorite books and characters to life. Five of Dahl’s hugely popular, beloved books have been adapted into winning plays for children. With useful tips on staging, props, and costumes, these plays can be produced with a minimum amount of resources and experience. Teachers, parents, and children everywhere will recognize Quentin Blake’s appealing classic cover art and will find these easy-to-perform plays to be a great source of entertainment!
Excerpt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: A Play (pages 32-33) Scene 5
The Chocolate Room. The Chocolate River runs across the stage, surrounded by trees and pipes. All enter as scene opens.
AUGUSTUS GLOOP: I’m tired! It seems like we’ve been turning left, turning right, turning left, and turning right again for a whole hour or so. When are we going to eat? I’m hungry! I want to eat right now! Do you all hear me? Now!!
CHARLIE: Did you notice that we’ve been going downward for the longest time, Grandpa Joe?
GRANDPA JOE: Yes, Charlie, I think I heard Mr. Wonka say that we were going underground and that all the most important rooms in his factory are deep down below the surface.
CHARLIE: I wonder why?
GRANDPA JOE: Well, I think he said that there wouldn’t be nearly enough space for them up on top. He said that the rooms we are going to see are enormous. Some are supposed to be larger than football fields!
WILLY WONKA: Here we are everybody! This is the Chocolate Room. This room is the nerve center of the whole factory. It’s the heart of my whole operation!
AUGUSTUS GLOOP: Uhh . . . I don’t see anything but that old river over there. Where’s the food? I’m hungry!
MRS. GLOOP: And just look at those enormous pipes over there. There must be ten or eleven of them. I wonder what they’re for?
CHARLIE: Gee, Mr. Wonka, what’s wrong with your river? It’s all brown and muddy-looking.
WILLY WONKA: Nothing wrong with it, my boy! Nothing! Nothing at all! It’s all chocolate! Every drop of that river is hot melted chocolate of the finest quality. The very finest quality. There’s enough chocolate in there to fill every bathtub in the entire country! And all the swimming pools as well! Isn’t it terrific? And just look at my pipes! They suck up the chocolate and carry it all away to all the other rooms in the factory where it is needed! Thousands of gallons an hour, my dear children! Thousands and thousands of gallons!
VERUCA SALT [Screaming as she looks over the edge of the river]: Look! Look over there! What is it? He’s moving! He’s walking! Why, it’s a little person! It’s a little man! Down there behind one of the pipes!
[Everyone rushes to the edge of the river to get a better look]
CHARLIE: She’s right, Grandpa! It is a little man! Can you see him?
GRANDPA JOE: I see him, Charlie!
[All now shout in turn]
MRS. GLOOP: There’s two of them!
MR. SALT: My gosh, so there is!
MRS. BEAUREGARDE: There’s more than two! There’s four or five!
MR. TEAVEE: What are they doing?
MRS. GLOOP: Where do they come from?
VIOLET BEAUREGARDE: Who are they?
CHARLIE: Aren’t they fantastic?
GRANDPA JOE: No higher than my knee!
CHARLIE: Look at their funny long hair! They can’t be real people!
WILLY WONKA: Nonsense! Of course they are real people! They are some of my workers!
MIKE TEAVEE: That’s impossible! There are no people in the world as small as that!
WILLY WONKA: No people in the world as small as that? Then let me tell you something. There are more than three hundred thousand of them in my factory! They are Oompa-Loompas!
Posted January 9, 2007
Posted February 20, 2010
My students love Roald Dahl's books and I love doing reader's theatre and plays with them. It was great to find this adaptation (with Dahl's blessing) of a kid novel into a play which was true to the original. I highly recommend it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This is the best book I have ever read! It is most likelt the best Ronald Dahl books ever written. It teaches you not only to just accept this for what you want but also to decide what is more important. It also teaches you that you dont need everything there are reasons why people dont buy you things. The characters were great. If I were a teacher I would make my students read it and write a report on it. Its also a very funny and thrilling story as well as teaching you life leasons.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 15, 2001
I liked this book so much its one of the best roald dahls its 10/10 which is the best my favorate character is charlie
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