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Behind the Scenes with Catherine: Life as Mrs. Teavee

Greetings, chocolate enthusiasts and theatre aficionados! Catherine here, thrilled to offer you a peek into my world as I take on the role of Mrs. Ethel Teavee in our production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Buckle up, because it's bound to be a wild ride filled with laughter, drama, and plenty of sweet treats!


Let's dive right in, shall we? Playing Mrs. Teavee has been an absolute delight – a role I was born to play, if I do say so myself! As the doting yet perhaps too permissive mother to the mischievous Mike Teavee, I've had the opportunity to delve deep into the complexities of this eccentric character. Complete with some substance abuse issues, Mrs. Teavee is a woman with layers, and I've relished every moment of bringing her to life on stage.


Now, you might think that embodying Mrs. Teavee would be a challenge, but truth be told, it's been a breeze – well, almost. The only thing I've had to watch and keep practicing is my American accent, ensuring it stays consistent throughout the entire show. And let me tell you, singing in that accent has been quite the adventure!


One of the highlights of portraying Mrs. Teavee is delivering her darkly funny lines with just the right amount of comedic flair. From flirting with Mr. Wonka to having her "lemonade" confiscated, there's never a dull moment on stage. And let's not forget the delightful confections that fuel my own sweet tooth – Hotel Chocolat's salted caramels and Fry's orange cream hold a special place in my heart. In fact, I've even concocted my own dream chocolate bar, inspired by Thorntons, and featuring a lemony light creamy filling with a hint of salted caramel – talk about a flavour explosion!

In this production, Mrs. Gloop has quickly become my favourite character, thanks to Cheryl's impeccable comedic timing. Her antics never fail to leave me in stitches, and I find myself laughing at almost everything she says. It's a true testament to the talent and camaraderie of our cast.


When it comes to bringing characters to life on stage, I firmly believe in embodying their stories through facial expressions, vocal tone, and physicality. As Mrs. Teavee, I've been terrorised by my own child into a state of nervousness and dependency on medication and alcohol – so you'll often find me cowering, hand-wringing, and occasionally taking a swig from a hip flask or hitting the pill bottle.


As for the music of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," classics like "Pure Imagination" and "If Your Father Were Here" hold a special place in my heart. They serve as both a creative outlet and a chance to showcase my talents, and I can't wait for audiences to experience the magic first hand.

While I've previously been involved in productions with CAODS, this marks my first time taking on a specific character with my own song – and I couldn't be more excited! And fun fact: I share my birthday with my beloved dog (though not the same year, of course).


So there you have it, folks – a behind-the-scenes look at life as Mrs. Teavee. With laughter, love, and plenty of chocolate, our production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" promises to be a sweet sensation you won't soon forget. See you at the chocolate factory!








 

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