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Students present third play

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory shows April 4, 6

Oregon Trail Academy has shown its appreciation for the arts in many different ways. This year, it is being manifested as a two-night production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

As part of OTA’s extracurricular drama program, several students, ranging from second- to seventh-grade, will present the play based on the book by Roald Dahl. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Oregon Trail Academy, 36225 Proctor Road in Boring, and again on Sunday, April 6, at Sandy High School.

This is the third year for OTA’s drama program. The students also put on productions of “The Pied Piper” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

“It’s a great way to see kids express themselves in a safe environment,” said OTA Principal James Milliken.

Milliken said he will help out at the show by changing the set. “If you see someone in a black shirt, that’ll be me.”

He said the program is really starting to grow and a lot of students are interested this year.

The students will present the play for a second time at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sandy High auditorium, 37400 Bell St.

“Last year they really enjoyed getting to have the play in the high school auditorium,” Milliken said.

Milliken said parents have been supportive of the program and that some dads pitched in to build the set.

The students will hold a dress rehearsal at the school before their performances.

Tickets are $2 at the door. Proceeds benefit the school’s drama program.