Westside schools:
‘Willy Wonka’ at Coronado; ‘Fiesta’ at Bristol

       Coronado High School students will perform Roald Dahl's “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” in four performances Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 19-21.
       Showtimes will be 7 p.m. each day, plus an additional 1 p.m. matinee Nov. 21.
       The matinee will have a unique audience special, in that anyone dressed as a “Wonka” character will get in free, according to Coronado drama instructor Elizabeth Kahn-Lanning. Otherwise, admission is $10 for adults, with discounts for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 328-3765.
       The show's main characters (and their players) are Charlie Bucket (Corbin George), Willy Wonka (Charlie Boehlke), Augustus Gloop (Colton Knoepfle), Veruca Salt (Emily Fox) Mike Teavee (Michael Lopez) and Violet Beauregard (Madeline Boehlke).
       Bristol Elementary will present a Hispanic Arts Fiesta Thursday, Nov. 19.
       Lasting from 6 to 8 p.m., the event is free and open to the public.
       Artwork in a Hispanic theme by all grade levels will be displayed on the hallway walls, and there will be dance and music performances by grades 3-5 and a Suzuki violin concert by grades 1-3.
       The Bristol PTA will also offer “several different Hispanic dishes,” said Katie Robinson, the school art teacher.
       She added that the event reflects a Hispanic concentration during the first quarter that involved a “full school integration” in that area, including connections through writing, literacy, reading, geometry, history and geography.
       The school defines “Hispanic” as the indigenous South and Central American peoples, plus Spanish influences. As a result, the fiesta encompasses eras including the Aztec and Mayan cultures, Robinson said.
       Bristol is at 890 N. Walnut St.
       After winning the 5A Region 5 championship for the second year in a row Oct. 22 (on top of a first since-1981 Metro League title), the Coronado High School boys' cross-country team ran into bad luck at the State Meet in Fort Collins Nov. 7. Number one runner Dusty Solis, who had been expected to compete for the individual title, did not recover in time from a foot injury he suffered while winning the Regionals race, and limped to 93rd place.
       The Coronado team, which had gained a surprising third at the state meet last year, sank to 12th overall out of 23 schools that had qualified from their respective regional competitions.

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