York Little Theatre to Present WILLY WONKA, 11/15-24
York Little Theatre presents WILLY WONKA the musical November 15-17 and 21-24. The show features music from the original CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY film that debuted in 1971, including PURE IMAGINATION, I'VE GOT A GOLDEN TICKET, I WANT IT NOW, CHEER UP CHARLIE, and more.
Do not miss this musical extravaganza filled with extraordinary special effects, sets and costumes to bring this wonderful tale of chocolate goodness to life. Willy Wonka is looking for an heir to take over his chocolate empire. Through a contest of finding speciAl Golden tickets, ticket winners are given a tour where Wonka ultimately finds his heir by weeding out the bad children one by one as they find their demise in chocolate, gum, nuts and wonka-vision.
What is wonka-vision? If you are not familiar with the film, you will be introduced to Mike Teavee who is obsessed with television and is magically transported by wonka-vision to make him 6" tall. You will meet Violet Beauregard who chews gum all day and discovers the everlasting gobstopper that turns her into a giant blueberry. Augustus Gloop loves chocolate and finds that over-indulging can be too much of a good thing...And then there is Veruca Salt, who gets everything she wants until she is discovered to truly be a bad nut. Discover all of these colorful characters and their guardians as they become ticket winners and take one of the most bizarre tours ever through the magic of Live Theatre...and the show would not be complete without those orange and green oompa loompas singing their anthems of learning a lesson.
Willy Wonka is delectably played by YLT veteran Christopher Quigley. Charlie Bucket is played by Jacob Schmitt. Bob Haag delivers a heartfelt performance as Grandpa Joe. Noah Schmitt over-indulges as the chocolate loving Augustus Gloop. Mrs. Gloop is comically played by Chris Ausherman. Hannah Langmead is the nasty Veruca Salt who everyone loves to hate. Tom O'Shea plays her nutty father. The hyperactive Mike Teavee is played by Zach Deporter. Pam Eshler is his kooky mother that feeds his passion for TV. Rachel Rehmeyer tries to chew her way out of trouble as Violet Beauregarde. Her nervous mother is portrayed by Alisa Kauffman.
The show is directed by Rene Staub with music direction by Mitch Cooper and choreography by Charlee Zamudio- Fidler. "The show appeals to all ages," said director Rene Staub. "The older generation remembers the original film as it aired at least once a year on television," he added. Before the age of VCRs and DVDs was the annual gathering of family around the television set to see classics like CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY . Now that generation can bring their children and grandchildren to see those characters come to life on the York Little Theatre Stage. WILLY WONKA the musical runs November 15-17 and 21-24. Thursday, Friday & Saturday performances are at 7:30p.m. Sunday performances are at 3p.m. Purchase tickets before opening night and save $2 off the regular ticket price. Call the box office at 717-854-5715 or go to www.ylt.org to ensure your seat for this extraordinary musical event for the entire family.