New Berlin — "Willy Wonka Jr." which is described as being as much fun as a barrel full of Oompa Loompas, will be presented by 25 students mainly from New Berlin and Brookfield on Friday.
The performances will be the culmination of a monthlong theater training course.
The New Berlin Youth Theater founded in July will present the musical at 1 and 7 p.m. at the New Berlin West Performing Arts Center, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave.
Roald Dahl's classic about a young boy who wins a golden ticket tour opportunity to see the famous Wonka Factory has been seen in movies and musicals across the continent. "Willy Wonka Jr." has many songs that were not included in the movie that featured Gene Wilder. While the story line is the same, there are some changes to afford a theme and onstage performance.
Charlie and his family, who live in such poverty he cannot afford to splurge on chocolate, receives one bar that has the final ticket, joining four "bratty" children to tour the Wonka Factory.
Willy Wonka is a character and along with his Oompa Loompas, runs the huge candy factory.
Admission for the 1 p.m. performance is $2, while tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $7, general, $5 for ages 60 and up and students and $3 for children 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card online and with cash or check at the PAC box office. Visit nbexcellence.org/community/do_communitytheater.cfm or call (262) 789-6406 for more information.
New Berlin Youth Theatre has 25 youth in the cast and crew ranging from fourth grade to graduating high school seniors.
In addition to rehearsing the show, the students have lessons in improvisation, acting, set construction and crew work, said Judith Smith, managing artistic director.
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