“Willy Wonka” The Musical on the Confederation Centre’s Mainstage

Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA
Lyrics and Music by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley
Adapted for the Stage by Tim McDonald & Leslie Bricusse
Based on the Book Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Director: Richard Haines
Music Director: Mark Parsons
Producer: Edwin Hughes
Choreographer: Julia Sauvé
Vocal Coach: Julain Molnar

EVENING PERFORMANCES: May 6, 7, and 8 @ 8:00 PM
TICKET PRICES:$14 @ the door

Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. This version also features songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder which received an Academy Award nomination in 1971 for Best Original Score.
The play opens somewhere in the bowels of Willy Wonka’s fabulous chocolate factory. Wonka, a famous, eccentric, mercurial, whimsical and occasionally sinister candy wizard, welcomes us into his world with the hit APure Imagination@. Wonka summons his Oompa-Loompa servants for an important announcement: he is planning to retire, and the time has come to choose his successor.
Wonka, acting as narrator, introduces us to the impoverished Bucket family: Mr. And Mrs. Bucket, their young son Charlie, and Charlie’s four bedridden grandparents. A group of children gather outside Charlie’s house, each clutching a nickel to buy a Wonka bar from the local Candy Man. The Candy Man entices his customers with the charming hit “The Candy Man” and reminds them that Wonka always mixes it with love and makes the world taste good.
Charlie is the only child too poor to buy any candy, but the Candy Man treats him to a lollipop and a copy of yesterday’s newspaper. Charlie takes the paper home, and the Buckets learn from it that Wonka has announced a contest: five lucky children will receive a tour of his world-famous factory, and receive a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Five Golden Tickets have been hidden among fifty million ordinary candy bars, and the finders of these tickets will win the tour and the chocolate.
The first ticket is found by Augustus Gloop, an obese, gluttonous child from Frankfurt, Germany. The second Ticket is found in Sao Paulo, Brazil, by an extremely spoiled girl named Veruca Salt. The third Ticket is found in Snellville, Georgia by Violet Beauregard, an abrasive girl who is constantly chewing gum. The fourth Ticket is found in Television City, California by Mike Teavee, a boy who seems more interested in television, video games and cell phones than touring Wonka’s factory. Poor Charlie can barely afford a single Wonka bar. What hope does he have of getting the fifth Ticket? Who will Willy Wonka choose as his heir and successor? Join us and see how this timeless story unfolds.

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