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From left, Taylor Blake, Baylyn Burgett, Joseph Serna, DaMarri Russell, Chase Sparrow and Carolyn Kim rehearse for "Willy Wonka Jr." at Mortensen Elementary.
A chocolate-flavored musical at Mortensen Elementary

Students at Mortensen Elementary School were hard at theatrical work as they rehearsed a nutty scene in the musical “Willy Wonka Jr.” last Thursday afternoon.

Using large paper versions of nuts, the young actors portraying squirrels tested them for quality on a “nut-o-meter” while other characters sang and danced on the school stage.

In the lead role of candy wizard Willy Wonka, student Riley Niblo-Miller commanded the stage in a tall black hat as he ran lines with other actors.