Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

Berkeley Playhouse, Berkeley, July 2012

I was excited to get the opportunity to design my own version of Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory for three reasons: creating Willy Wonka’s coat, designing Oompa-Loompas, and figuring out Violet Beauregarde’s blueberry quick change, all of which turned out to be the production’s biggest costume challenges. For Wonka’s coat I turned to the original book illustrations for inspiration, but used the mid-seventies setting to add an early punk flair which departed sharply from the traditional, more conservative interpretations of the coat found in pop culture. For Violet, she had to quick change on stage from her “Before” look to her “After” in full view of the audience, so it had to be quick and simple, yet immediately recognizable. The quick-change blueberry I constructed out of 1” upholstery foam covered with fabric to match Violet’s costume.

Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka Rendering
Willy Wonka Rendering
The Candy Man
The Candy Man
Wonka Sitting
Wonka Sitting
Charlie and Grandpa Rendering
Charlie and Grandpa Rendering
Wonka, Charlie, and Gramps
Wonka, Charlie, and Gramps
Mr. and Mrs Bucket Rendering
Mr. and Mrs Bucket Rendering
Charlie and Dad
Charlie and Dad
Grandparents Rendering
Grandparents Rendering
The Bucket Family
The Bucket Family
The Gloops Rendering
The Gloops Rendering
The Gloops
The Gloops
The Beauregardes Rendering
The Beauregardes Rendering
The Beauregards
The Beauregards
Violet Dances
Violet Dances
Violet Blueberry
Violet Blueberry
The Salts Rendering
The Salts Rendering
Vercua Interviewed
Vercua Interviewed
Veruca Sings
Veruca Sings
The Teavees Rendering
The Teavees Rendering
The Teavees
The Teavees
Phineas Trout Rendering
Phineas Trout Rendering
Oompas, Regional Rendering
Oompas, Regional Rendering
Oompa-Loompas
Oompa-Loompas
Oompas Brazil
Oompas Brazil
Oompas, Room Rendering
Oompas, Room Rendering
Wonka Steers the Boat
Wonka Steers the Boat
Oompas TV
Oompas TV
Cooks and Squirrels Rendering
Cooks and Squirrels Rendering
Children Rendering
Children Rendering
So many squirrels
So many squirrels
Squirrels
Squirrels