Seashore Players Deliver Gold In 10th Anniversary Show Willy Wonka
LONG BRANCH, March 20 – Performing to four sold out audiences, Seashore Players delivered a particularly sweet treat for their 10th anniversary show Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The limted engagement played March 18-20 “On Broadway,” — 410 Broadway in Long Branch, that is.
Under the direction of founding director Renee Harrison-Pincus, Jackson, who began the program in 2006 (with John Gordon) and award-winning producer/director Anthony Greco, Ocean, who came onboard in 2010, 35 kindergarten through upper classmen brought down the house in what theater goers said was their best show ever.
“Renee and Anthony are passionate about what they are doing, instill a love of the arts in our students, fill them with confidence and continue raising the barre on what most expect from a grade school production,” Seashore Principal and Director John Villapiano said.
“In the 10 years since the inception of Seashore Players, the program has flourished and productions have continued to grow with more children joining the after school company, more detailed sets, back drops and lighting, more lavish costumes, more special effects and more sold out shows,” he said.
Seashore Alum Joelle Rosen, who shared the named role with Brianna Napoli in Seashore Players inaugural production of Annie, and the following year played Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka, saw the March 19 performance and could not believe how far the program has come. “I loved the show. It was an improved version of the one we did (in 2007)… I found my passion for theater here and wherever I go, Seashore will always hold a special place in my heart,” the Basie nominee, pre-law major at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) said.
This was the 24th show for Pincus, who said Willy Wonka was the first production for many of the young cast – 12 who made their Seashore Players debut and more than 20, who appeared for the first time in a leading or supporting role.
While each child shined, stealing the show with equally commanding stage presence and grace was the back-flipping Willy Wonka played by seventh grader Kayla Goins, Middletown, sweet natured, endearing fourth grader Izzy Chapman, Long Branch, as Charlie and the knee high rhyming Oompa Loompas.
Chapman, who marked her third appearance with Seashore Players, was ecstatic to play Charlie. “When I found out I had been chosen to play Charlie, I felt like I had found the golden ticket,” she said.
“Willy Wonka, also celebrating its 10th anniversary, was a perfect fit,” Greco said. “It offered so many opportunities for our performers to be creative and imaginative. What’s more, it reinforced valuable life lessons about being honest and doing the right thing.”
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SEASHORE PLAYERS WILLY WONKA A SWEET TREAT FOR 10TH ANNIVERSARY. On opening night March 18, a sold out audience gave the talented, young Willy Wonka cast and their founding director Renee Harrison Pincus and award-winning producer/director Anthony Greco a standing ovation for delivering what was said to be their best show ever.