Pisgah presents 'Willy Wonka'

Jan 03, 2013
Photo by: Stina Sieg Meet Emily Rhea, left, and Noah Hicks, also known as Oompa Loompas in Pisgah's musical production of "Willy Wonka."

CANTON — The Bach to Broadway Choral group of Pisgah High School will present the musical, "Willy Wonka" this weekend — Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5 and 6. Show times are Saturday at 2:30 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Pisgah High School auditorium.

"Willy Wonka"  is based on the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl and shares the story of a boy named Charlie Bucket who finds the last golden ticket allowing him to enter the whimsical and mysterious Wonka Chocolate Factory along with four other children. The musical version of Willy Wonka has been performed thousands of times since it was written in 1970 by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. A movie starring Gene Wilder and Jack Albertson was made in 1971, and then a remake of the movie starring Johnny Depp and titled "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" was made in 2005.  

Pisgah's Bach to Broadway class will play the characters in this weekend's production with Ben Lawrence as the clever Willy Wonka, Sammy Byrd as the humble Charlie Bucket, Colton Wheeler as the endearing Grandpa Joe, Maceon McCracken as the ever-hateful Veruca Salt, Hannah Rabideau as the gum-chewing Violet, Dakota Moody as the always-hungry Augustus Gloop and Kendrick Pilkington as TV fanatic Mike Teavee. Other members of the group will play the character roles of the overbearing parents and the Oompa- Loompas. Pisgah students will also be playing the accompaniment score.  

Admission is $5 for students (ages 5 and up) and senior citizens and $7 for adults. For more information, call Pisgah High School at 646-3440.