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Martyn: Bringing Mr. Salt to Life on Stage

Greetings, theatre enthusiasts! Martyn here, and I'm beyond excited to share my experience portraying Mr. Salt in our production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." It's been an exhilarating journey filled with challenges, laughs, and plenty of memorable moments. Join me as I take you behind the scenes!


One of the most incredible aspects of this production is the opportunity to share the stage with my daughter, Rose, who plays the role of Veruca. It's a rare chance to connect and create together, and I couldn't be prouder of her. Plus, they've even given me a bit of solo singing this time around, adding an extra layer of excitement to the experience.


Now, let's talk accents. In this production, Mr. Salt is Russian, which presented me with quite the challenge. Learning how to maintain the accent required hours of practice and a fair share of YouTube tutorials. From tweaking the pronunciation of certain letters to mastering the subtle nuances, it's been a journey in itself!


When it comes to favourite moments in the show, there are too many to count. But if I had to choose, I'd say Veruca's spotlight moment as she demands her desires is a standout. It's our time to shine as the Salts, and there's something truly magical about it. And let's not forget the frenzy of "Strike That, Reverse It" – it's an absolute blast!


As for the audience, I hope they'll feel like they've been on a rollercoaster of a musical! The first half builds to a crescendo of excitement, leading into the manic scenes inside the factory where all the 'bad nuts' meet their fate in hilariously dark ways.


Now, onto favourite characters. Veruca, of course, takes the cake. Both of our Verucas are delightful offstage but transform into bratty personas that never fail to bring a smile to my face. And let's not overlook Mrs. Green – her witty lines and mysterious demeanour add another layer of intrigue to the story.


Preparing for my role involves growing a beard (a Mr. Salt trademark!) and plenty of practice with the accent. And while I may only get to watch from the side, the energy of "You Got Whatcha Want" when the Oompa Loompas take the stage is electrifying.


Local theatre holds a special place in my heart. It may be a far cry from the West End, but it offers audiences the chance to experience high-quality entertainment in amazing venues. Plus, I've discovered that 'amateur' theatre is anything but amateur – it's professional in every sense of the word.


For those considering getting involved in theatre, my journey is proof that it's never too late to give it a go! I first took to the stage at the age of 42 and haven't looked back since.


So, why should you come and see our production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"? Simple – it's a whirlwind of colour, music, and unforgettable moments. Strap in, because the SS Wonka is setting sail, and it's going to be one heck of a ride!


Until next time, wishing you all a sweet and sensational theatre experience!


Warm regards,


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