A Backstage View of Willy Wonka

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope your weekend is full of relaxation and words; whether you’re writing your own or reading someone else’s!

As many of you know, Susi and I have spent the last four months preparing with our community theater for our production of “Willy Wonka.” We opened last week and entertained just over 1100 people and we are currently getting ready for another weekend of fun.

CAST (Catasauqua Area Showcase Theatre) is not your average community theater. During the four months of rehearsals we get together on Saturdays for work days where we make our costumes, build the sets, paint the backdrops, create props and do whatever else is needed to put on a production.

When the group started in 1993 is was very low key, with minimal sets, props and costumes. In its 19 years the group has grown in every aspect from number of participants to production cost. Any profit we make goes right back in for the next year’s production. We’ve also donated profits to local charities and families in need.

In the clips below you’ll get just a small glimpse into our lives with Willy Wonka but you’ll also get to know us a little better.  I hope you enjoy! And if you want to know more about our group check out our website.

And don’t forget to vote for what you think our new blog should be called!


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10 Responses to A Backstage View of Willy Wonka

  1. Susan Borath says:

    Have I mentioned I hate cameras? Seriously. But, we have fun, even if I did spend the night dodging the camera. 🙂 I’m glad everyone can see where we have been spending so much of our time, especially the last few weeks. 🙂

    • Karen DeLabar says:

      🙂 It was a good time, but I am so looking forward to getting back into writing.

      • Diane says:

        I am just looking forward to having my life back. To just be home in the evening will feel like a luxury. It is a great show though. You two do a great job.

    • Susan Borath says:

      Oh, and Karen, I am not supposed to get candy there, only the kids are. Way to catch me pretending to be a kid! 🙂

      • Karen DeLabar says:

        I knew it! You candy stealer. And all those times I snuck you chocolate…where was mine? 😉

  2. Lisa says:

    Great job, and so fun!

  3. Phil Bowyer says:

    Nice job Karen & Susan. Very impressed with the stage, man you guys went all out on the props and set up. Well done.

    Break A Leg this weekend!

  4. Lisa Wields Words says:

    I thought you might be amused to know that I just got cast as Mrs. Gloop and Sarah is an Oompa Loompa! 🙂

    • Karen DeLabar says:

      Congratulations!!! That is awesome! Susi was one of the chef/maids in the song “I Eat More.”

      Have fun with the show!

  5. Janelle Locher says:

    I saw the play too:D i saw Jeremy Torres when he played Mike Teeve and he was a PRETTY GOOD ACTOR!! OMG I LOVE HIM!!:D By the Way, he’s from my School:)

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