Orpheus Theatre to present 'Willy Wonka'

ContributedThe Golden Ticket winners in Orpheus Theatre's production of Willy Wonka: from left, Elliot Iversen as Augustus Gloop, Henry Wager as Charlie Bucket, Abigail Schwarzhans as Violet Beauregarde, Mikayla Webb as Veruca Salt and Andrew Webb as Mike Tevee.

Attendees will have a chance to “take a magical journey into a world of pure imagination” with Orpheus Theatre’s production of “Willy Wonka.”

This musical will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9, as well as at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 10, in Goodrich Theatre in the Fine Arts Building on the State University College at Oneonta campus.

Based on the tale by Roald Dahl and the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, attendees will see the adventures of Golden Ticket winner Charlie Bucket, played by Henry Wager, and his Grandpa Joe, portrayed by Bill Goertemoeller, in the mysterious candy factory run by Willy Wonka, who will be played by Benjamin Burke. Wonka opens his factory doors to Charlie and four other Golden Ticket winners after spending many years cloaked in secrecy.

Joining Charlie and Grandpa Joe are Golden Ticket winners Augustus Gloop, played by Elliot Iversen; Veruca Salt, portrayed by Mikayla Webb; Violet Beauregarde, played by Abigail Schwarzhans; and Mike Tevee, who will be played by Andrew Webb. The following people will play the parents: Julia Baxter as Mrs. Gloop, James Iversen as Mr. Salt; Adrienne Wise as Mrs. Beauregarde and Anita Levine as Ms. Tevee.

Along the way, attendees will also meet Charlie’s parents, Mr and Mrs. Bucket, played by Casey Thomas and Evelyn Iversen, as well as his other grandparents, Grandma Josephine, portrayed by Kathy Tobiassen, Grandpa George, played by Thomas Murphy, and Grandma Georgina, played by Kathleen Mami Moore.

Reporter Phineous Trout, played by Jeff Moore, the Candy Man, played by Daniel Lincoln, and a host of Oompa-Loompas led by their kings Matthew Jahnke and Tom Pondolfino are among the dozens of local performers gracing the Goodrich Theatre stage.

The show features songs from the 1971 movie, including “I Want It Now,” “Cheer Up Charlie,” and “Pure Imagination.” The show is directed by Mary-Jo Merk, along with assistant director Nancy Tarr and choreographer Michelle Gardner.

Tickets are available by visiting www.orpheustheatre.org or by calling the Orpheus Theatre Box Office at 432-9392. Tickets are $10 for students and children, $15 for seniors and $20 for adults. 

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