The Saline Area Players will perform Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka at 7PM April 19 & 20 and 2 PM on April 20 & 21. The performances will be at the Ellen A Ewing Performing Arts Center, Saline High School, 1300 Campus Parkway, Saline, MI 48176. Based on the book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl, this production is being directed by Tami Hindes with musical direction by Robert Cindric. The music & lyrics are by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley, and it is adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse & Timothy Allen McDonald.
Seating is general admission and tickets are $15/adults and $12/students/seniors. Tickets can ordered via the website: www.salineareaplayers.org. They are also available at Maureen’s Designs, 101 S. Ann Arbor St, Saline, and at the door. General questions and those related to special needs may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 248-534-7160.
The cast includes Timothy Brayman as Willy Wonka, Benjamin Faulkner as Charlie, and Laszlo Gunderud as Grandpa Joe. Augustus Gloop and Mrs. Gloop are played by Henry Kiley and Krissa Rumsey. Veruca and Mr. Salt are being played by Hannah Burkhart and Pat Collins. Stephen Muzzi plays Mike TeaVee and his mother is being played by Wendy Fritz. Olivianna Calmes and Patti Ringe play Violet and Mrs. Beauregarde. Other cast include MacKenzie Berndt, Bonnie Black, Francesca Brayman, Christopher Calmes, Levi Calmes, Stephen Calmes, Tess Carichner, Naomi Cotner, Drew Eccleston, Lucy Fischer, Danny Godell, Cynthia Grammatico, Adelaide Gregor, James Gregor, John Paul Gregor, Tommy Hamann, Richard Hamann, Libbey Hansen, Cydney Heed, Katie Holmes, Emma King, MacKenna Kofahl, Fred Lupton, Maggie Lupton, Annette Manuell, Emily Manuell, Mary McCall, Ian McGhee, Alexia Miller, Daniel Muzzi, Danielle Primeau, Maddie Ringe, Ella Rumsey, Josie Rumsey, Erica Simpson, Brian Trippel, Shunamara Trippel, Erian Williams, Audrey Wolfe, and Beverly Wolfe.
The action centers on Willy Wonka, the world famous candy maker who is about to retire and is looking for an heir. He offers a tour of his factory and a lifetime of chocolate to the 5 lucky children who find the golden tickets in his chocolate bars. Charlie Bucket’s family is very poor and he can’t even afford to buy a chocolate bar, but he hopes. The winners are announced – a gluttonous boy from Germany, a spoiled daughter of a macademia nut magnate, an abrasive gum-chewing girl from Georgia, and a boy who is more interested in his technology than chocolate. Charlie Bucket, a poor child continues to hope for a chance to tour the factory as well, and eventually also finds a golden ticket. The second act takes the winners on the tour through the colorful and lively factory, complete with Oompa-Loompas and calamities for greedy kids. This timeless classic includes songs Pure Imagination, I Eat More, Oompa-Loompa, and The Candy Man.
The show is suitable for kids through adults and is a wonderful and magical theater experience for the whole family.