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Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre presents “Willy Wonka”

Mar 29, 2012 01:58PM, Published by Kitty, Categories: In Print, Community




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“Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination!”  So begins the magical story of WillyWonka, the famous chocolatier and his quest to find an heir for his candyempire.  The story, based uponRoald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been adapted twice for the silver screen, capturing the hearts andimaginations of multiple generations.

Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre will present the stageadaptation, Willy Wonka April 20 – 22 atthe historic Bama Theatre.  Theproduction combines elements from both the 1971 and the 2005 film versionswhile striving to bring something new to the classic story, delightingaudiences once again.

 Willy Wonka, ready to retire, creates a contest to find hissuccessor.  He places five goldentickets in candy bars to be sold around the world.  The five lucky children who find the bars win a tour of thefactory and a lifetime supply of the delicious confection.  As each ticket is found, the audiencemeets some real characters – Augustus Gloop, the gluttonous boy who only wantsto “Eat more!”; Veruca Salt, the bratty rich girl who always gets what shewants; Violet Beauregarde, the gum-chewing girl who terrorizes her mother; andMike Teavee, a kid who is plugged in to his technology constantly.  All the while, audiences are rootingfor Charlie Bucket, the humble, family-loving boy who wants desperately to wina golden ticket…and he finally does, scoring the fifth and final golden ticketthrough a magical series of coincidences. His grandfather, Grandpa Joe – a formeremployee of Wonka, serves as his chaperone on the tour and offers Charliewisdom about life and chocolate along the way.  Once on the tour, temptation gets the better of each child,as one by one, they fall victim to their own character flaws.  Assisted by his trusted Oompa Loompas,Wonka reveals his grand plan, when one child rises to the top…literally! 

This magical adventure features over 100 local performers,boasting some of the best talent Tuscaloosa has to offer, all less thantwenty-five years of age!  Veteranaudience members will recognize some familiar faces, as well as meet severalamazing newcomers.  From Squirrels,to Cooks, to Candy Man Kids, the ensemble provides the backbone of this amazingcast that also features the caring Bucket family, the hilarious parents of theGolden Ticket winners, and of course, the Oompa Loompas.  Be on the lookout for some amazingsolos and standout performances! This cast has it all. 

Under the musical direction of Mr. Benny Russell, the voiceswill wow you with their beautiful harmonies and sheer talent.  Kelley Brown Davis returns aschoreographer, making us all want to tap our toes, jump up, and join in on thefun! 

The set, designed by Harrison Chambers will transportaudiences to the magical world of Wonka’s candy factory, full of secrets andsurprises.  Chambers’ creation willleave audiences mystified, while Judy Holland’s costumes will dazzle the eye –and maybe even make your tummy rumble! 

One truly magical thing about this production is how TCT hasbounced back after losing nearly thirty years worth of sets, tools, and propsto the April 27th Tuscaloosa tornado.  The resilience of this organization can be seen in thegenerosity of its members and supporters who continue to contribute to our rebuildingefforts.  Not only is TCT involvedin rebuilding what it lost as an organization, but we TCT members, alums, andsupporters have reached outward to others in need within our community –partnering with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, collecting food andclothing, and putting in hours and hours of work to help strengthenTuscaloosa.  Together, Tuscaloosa canrebuild; from homes, to businesses, to ourstrong cultural influences like TCT.

If the story of Charlie Bucket teaches us anything, it is to“Think Positive!”  I hope you willjoin us at the historic Bama Theatre as Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre presents WillyWonka!  You are guaranteed to have a scrumdidilyumptious time!

The Cast!

Abbey Alexander

Alex Freeman

Alexandra Smith

Allie Cooley

AndrewLivingston

Anna Grace Haley

Anna LeighBreedlove

AnnLey Anders

Austin Ward

Autumn Fuller

Avery Jones

Ballard Henson

Bert McLelland

Briley Glisson

Brock Renicks

Brody Southern

Brooks Breedlove

Brooksie Suttles

Campbell Hamner

Caroline Bentley

CarolineBreedlove

Caroline Ferry

Caroline Holder

Carrye AnnRainer

Cason Cooke

Cassidy Redding

ChandlerBreedlove

ChandlerTurnipseed

Ciara EmaniDuggins

Cole Cabiness

Courtney Cooke

Dani Pierce

Darcy GraceDurden

Destiny Hoggle

DestinySchatzline

DJ Redding

Dustin Gomez

Emma ClairePatton

Emma KatherineFisher

Esther Miller

Eva Miller

Farris Turner

Gigi Webber

Grace Prisoc

Gracie Avery

Hannah Heinrich

Hannah Sampson

Harper Glisson

Harper Roberts

Henderson Jones

IsabellaMarshall

Isabelle Nolan

Jake Williams

Jasmine Aycock

John Overstreet

Jordan Suttles

Josie GraceParham

Julia Marshall

Kai Miller

Katelyn Lipscomb

Katherine Gray

Kayla Bradley

Kenleigh Benoit

Khristian Smiley

Kynnedi M.Porter

LamanaStringfellow

Landon Turner

Larissa Chillous

Lindsey Williams

Lorelle Moore

Madi BrookeHarvey

Maggie Jones

Margaret Crowe

Mary GraceGerkin

Mary Kate McCray

Matthew Dunkin

Meghan Skinner

Melody Mills

Meredith Hutto

Meredith Parr

Meredith Vaughn

NatalieUnderwood

Nathan Blake

Olivia LeComte

Payton Brown

Preston Glisson

Samantha Criss

Sarah Dickey

Sarah MasonAvery

Seth Evans

Sophia Webber

Taryn Johnson

Tayler Herring

Thomas ElliotFerry

Tiffany M. Sloup

Tripp Glisson

Will Flowers

Will McLelland

Wy Dasha Brown

Yara Akl

Zac Bronson



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