After more than six weeks of rehearsals, the cast of Willy Wonka, Jr. prepares for the musical opening March 14 at CNY Arts Center, located in State Methodist Church at 357 State St. in Fulton.
The production, featuring more than 30 local children, will run for two weekends March 14, 15 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and March 16, 22 and 23 at 3 p.m.
The production is led by theater professionals under the direction of Amy Price, with Adam Schmidtmann as assistant director, Gina Holsopple as music director, Nellica Rave as costume designer and John Gamble is the technical director.
“We’ve assembled the most exciting team of professionals for this production,” said Nancy Fox, executive director, “and audiences will see a spectacular show onstage in every aspect, all in support of these very young performers with limited stage experience.”
“Countless parent volunteers are also helping with everything from lumber and labor to painting and props, to press photography and corporate contributions and will even assist with ‘kid wrangling’ during the performance run ensuring every child has a positive experience,” Fox said. “There is no other way to have a production of this size without the generous help of parent volunteers.”
The junior musical, based on Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, the leading producer of children’s versions of popular musicals.
In this junior version, words and music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, with stage adaptation by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy A. McDonald, present the same performance material in dialogue and music but accommodates immature voices with appropriate vocal ranges, adapted choreography and overall shorter in length.
Ticket sales are already brisk and reservations are encouraged at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.
Tickets can also be purchased from any Willy Wonka parent or at Arts in the Heart Gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton, or at the Arts Center at 357 State St. church through the Park Street entrance, or call 592-3373 for reservations.