Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is an American musical fantasy film that is an adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl and tells the story of Charlie Bucket as he receives a Golden Ticket and visits Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory with four other children from around the world.
“I’ve always loved Willy Wonka. I’ve always loved the 1971 version. That’s what I’ve grown up with,” Sonya Godfrey said on Thursday standing next to her creation – a Willy Wonka Christmas tree in the Compass Community Health offices on Findlay Street in Portsmouth. “I have it memorized by heart. I know all the characters. I knew what I wanted to make and what I wanted to do. It just popped in my head.”
The tree, created in response to a kind of Christmas spirit contest, has all the characters from the movie, created out of paper mache’. There’s Charlie and Grandpa Joe, Veruca Salt, Mike Teavee, Violet Beauregarde, who actually turns violet, and the rest of the characters and the tree is decked out in that great purple Willy Wonka coat and top hat and even has the golden ticket.
“I make a lot of stuff out of paper mache’,” Godfrey said. “I like it because you can make pretty much everything with it.”
Does she create the same type of tree at her home.
“No, I have a traditional Christmas tree at my house,” Godfrey said. “I just have gingerbread men and candy and stuff. I just keep the same one pretty much every year.”
Sonya thinks the tree is a winner. So do her fellow Compass employees.
“Sonya is one of our stars,” Gina Collinsworth, Director of Community Relations and Development, said. “She’s always creative. She’s our designer for the Celebrity Chef Dinner our main fundraiser for our Summer Outreach Club. So Sonya’s creativity knows no bounds. She is always willing to help and she always brings her own talent to anything she does.”
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