Focus on Community/Arts
TPAC Presents "Willy Wonka"

Posted on Tuesday, February 07, 2006


WYE MILLS – Come see the musical that inspires all ages, "Willy Wonka," at the Rufus and Loraine Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. The show is presented by the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration on Tour with funding from the Queen Anne´s County Arts Council.

Based on Ronald Dahl´s "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," the show is a scrumptious musical treat.

Join Willy Wonka and his band of Oompa Loompas as they lead Charlie, the spoiled Veruca Salt, gluttonous Augustus Gloop, gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde, and the television junkie Mike Teavee through a labyrinth of lemon drops and life lessons. The show features live actors, puppets, memorable songs and plenty of surprises.

Ronald Dahl was born to Norwegian parents in 1916 in Wales and has become one of the world´s most successful and well-known children´s writers. The writer´s inspiration for "Charlie and Chocolate Factory" came from his time at school, when he and his classmates were occasionally asked by an important chocolate manufacturer to test out their newest inventions. He never lost his taste for chocolate. His other books include "James and Giant Peach" and "The Witches". He was awarded the prestigious Whitbread Award for "Matilda" in 198s. Dahl passed away in 1990.

From playwright Tim McDonald and composer Leslie Bricusse, this musical version of the Dahl´s classic novel made its world premier at the Kennedy Center during the 2004-2005 season.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children. For more information, call the box office at 410-827-5867.


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