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East End Community Services’ Miracle Makers After-School program will perform Willy Wonka KIDS the musical on Thursday, May 1st and Friday, May 2nd at Ruskin PK-8 School, located at 407 Ambrose Ct. Dayton, OH 45410.

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is the timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir. This story comes to life in this special 30-minute stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  There is no admission charge for the performance or the reception following each performance, but reservations are required. To reserve tickets, please call 937-542-5678.

Willy Wonka KIDS was produced entirely by the 147 kindergarten through fifth grade students participating in East End’s Miracle Makers Program, alongside the Miracle Makers staff.  The production is a culminating event for this past quarter’s SPARK workshops in which children get the opportunity for deep learning through hands-on projects.  “The making of Willy Wonka has been a magical experience for all those involved.  New skills, talents, and passions have blossomed and students have literally found their voices. In the words of Willy Wonka, ‘We are the makers of music and the dreamers of dreams’” said Ellen Mays, Director of Miracle Makers. This experience has meant a lot to the students that have been a part of it. Mason Frazier, the fifth grade student playing the role of Charlie said, “It feels good to be a part of this! The thing I like best about it is that I love signing ‘I’ve got the golden ticket’ because I sing most of it by myself. I feel proud and nervous at the same time!”

Miracle Makers is a cornerstone program of East End Community Services that has served the children of East Dayton for 16 years.  This program seeks to support student academic achievement by extending the school day with individualized tutoring, and project-based learning opportunities called SPARKs.  Teachers and parents of Miracle Maker students say that SPARK workshops are making a difference in the positive development of their children. “It is important that the community provides complementary learning opportunities beyond the school day,” said Jan Lepore-Jentleson, Executive Director of East End Community Services. To reserve your free tickets to the show and reception, please contact Ellen Mays at (937) 542-5678 or emays@east-end.org.

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