'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' is a musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1964 children's book of the same name. It originally ran in the West End between 2013 to 2016, and a retooled Broadway version premiered in 2017, 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The New Musical'. The musical centers around the young poor boy Charlie Bucket, and the resurface of famous chocolatier Willy Wonka, who's stashed five golden tickets in Wonka Bars across the world. The tickets' finders, including Charlie and four spoiled children, are allowed into his chocolate factory and given the chance to win a special prize.
One of the spoiled children, the egotistical and untalented celebrity Violet Beauregarde, tries Wonka's experimental three-course meal gum that ends up inflating her into a big blueberry once it gets to dessert, blueberry pie. In the production, the inflation itself would be handled by the actress, operating a pump in one hand that would send air supplied in Violet's backpack through the costume, expanding the torso, thighs and arms.
West End Edit
In the West End production, Violet was played by a revolving set of child actresses. In a few cases, such as with Adrianna Bertola and Jade Johnson, the suit did not inflate, yet the actresses still went along.
The cast appeared in the 2014 Children In Need show, with Violet portrayed by Sophie Naglik as she inflates.
Broadway/The New Musical Edit
In the Broadway retooled production, Violet is played by adult actress Trista Dollison and understudies Monette McKay and Talya Groves. This time, the inflation is extended, starting out the same as the West End version, but to a lesser degree, and heads offstage, only to come back on in an even larger suit before going off again. It culminates in her being rolled across the stage as a small, full blueberry, the actress replaced by a doll.