Many of you will remember the movie “Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory” which starred Gene Wilder and featured such songs as “The Candy Man” and “Pure Imagination.” Well, Roald Dahl’s story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir, comes to life in the Canyon Theatre Guild’s production of “Willy Wonka” which features not only the songs from the original movie, but several new ones as well.
The imaginative set is being designed by John Alexopoulos, with gadgets and special effects that will enchant all ages and the production is under the direction of Patti Finley.
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Tim McGowan plays Willy Wonka, the famous, eccentric and whimsical candy wizard, who welcomes us into his world of amazing sweets. He announces, to his Oompa-Loompa workers that he is planning to retire. His search for an heir to run the chocolate factory will begin with a contest. Five candy bars will contain Golden Tickets and the five lucky winners will be treated to a once in a lifetime offer: a tour of the chocolate factory!
Of course, children all over the world are in a frenzy to find those Golden Tickets! Poor Charlie Bucket (Dylan Harris), who lives with his impoverished parents and grandparents, doesn’t have the money to buy candy bars, so he resigns himself to never seeing the inside of the magical chocolate factory. However, Charlie keeps a positive attitude, eventually finds a ticket (thanks to a bit of magic and good luck), and has his chance to tour the factory, bringing Grandpa Joe (Randy Aronson) along as his chaperone. Charlie and the other ticket holders do get a tour of the chocolate factory that none of them will ever forget.
For a fanciful musical adventure that’s just right for the whole family, you won’t want to miss “Willy Wonka” at the Canyon Theatre Guild. Performances are Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM on January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 on January 30, February 6, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27. There will be one Friday evening performance on February 25 at 8:00 PM. Ticket prices are $15-$17 for adults and $12-$15 for Juniors/Seniors (under 18/over 62). The Canyon Theatre Guild is located at 24242 Main Street, Old Town Newhall. Call the box office for reservations at (6610-) 799-2702.