Monday, October 17, 2016

   Eddy Schumacher as Willy Wonka (Photo credit: Mel Aman of DenverMind Media)
     “Willy Wonka” is based upon the 1971 movie, starring Gene Wilder. The film was in turn based upon Roald Dahl’s novel, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald, the show has music and lyrics by Anthony Newly and Leslie Bricusse. It received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score and another for Best Actor for Gene Wilder.
     Two of the songs everyone will know in the show are: “The Candy Man” and “Pure Imagination.”
     The plot revolves around Charlie Bucket, a poor child  played by Ashlynne Bogema, an eighth grader from Thunder Ridge Middle School, who wins a gold ticket to visit the Willy Wonka chocolate factory with four other children. Eddy Schumacher is charming in the iconic role of Willy Wonka.
     Some of the faces theatregoers will recognize in the cast are those of: David Ballew (Grandpa George), Brian Walker Smith (Grandpa Joe) and John White (Phineas Trout.)
     Directed by Deb Flomberg, the show has music direction by Trent Hines.
      It’s a show that families will enjoy!

Vintage Theatre presents
"Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka"
Willy Wonka stages a contest where in one golden ticket holder wins a lifetime supply of candy.
Sept. 16 - Oct. 30
Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. at 2:30 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $17 to $31
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010

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