Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre presents “Willy Wonka”
“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!
Anna Grace Haley
Mary Kate McCray
Tiffany M. Sloup
Wy Dasha Brown