As an actor, how cool would it be to fly on stage?!?! That’s right, fly! Like Peter Pan, only without all the pixy dust and silly green uniform. Well, ARTS Owner, Robert Vance, helped one local high school theatre do just that for their musical production of Willy Wonka.
Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is a musical play that combines elements of both Roald Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and of the 1971 movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory with newly created material. The play has several versions: the original version which premiered in 2004, the Junior version, the Kids version, and the Theatre for Young Audiences version. All are owned by Music Theatre International, the company that owns the Willy Wonka license. The original version has several instances where characters fly during the show. The Wonkavator, for instance, is an elevator that magically levitates and travels people throughout Willy Wonka’s factory. Another instance is when Charlie and Grandpa Joe drink one of Willy Wonka’s new potions that makes your body lighter than air. There were also several other scenes with flying characters.
Robert worked with ZFX Flying Effects, out of Kentucky, who provided the hardware and training to achieve the flying effects. ZFX is a complete service provider for all flying effects, offering expert pre-production advice, custom built equipment, skilled and safe installation, effective choreography and experienced flying performers.