A stage version of “Willy Wonka,” the beloved children’s tale adapted from Roald Dahl’s classic book, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” will be presented in two shows on Tuesday, April 24 at the Smith Opera House in downtown Geneva.
This adaptation — by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Imagination Celebration on Tour program — is the final show in The Smith's 2006-07 ArtSmart Theatre for Young People Series. The 10 a.m. performance is sold out; plenty of great seats remain for the 3:30 matinée.
Complete with Oompa Loompas, Veruca Salt, Augustus Gloop, Charlie Bucket and the other characters well known from both the book and the two film versions of the story, “Willy Wonka” is a musical treat for all ages featuring live actors, puppets, memorable songs and plenty of surprises.
Dahl’s book, published in 1964, was made into the 1971 film that starred Gene Wilder and introduced unforgettable songs such as “The Candy Man, “Pure Imagination,” and “I Want It Now! The 2005 film remake, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” was directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as Wonka.
The current stage version, with music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, was adapted for the stage by Bricusse and Tim McDonald.
Seats for “Willy Wonka” are $4.50 each and may be reserved by calling the Smith Opera House at (315) 781-LIVE or toll-free at (866) 355-LIVE. Tickets may also be ordered by visiting The Smith.