Egyptian to present ‘Willy Wonka’ |

Egyptian to present ‘Willy Wonka’

Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, with its fantastical emporium of everlasting gobstoppers and chocolate bars, will open up shop at the Egyptian Theatre this week. Thursday through Saturday, the Egyptian Youtheatre production of the musical "Willy Wonka" will be a first-time collaborative effort with area schools. All told, 82 kids will take to the stage – including 15 as Oompa Loompas.

"This is something new – we’ve never really done this before," Jane Talley, the theater company’s education director, explains. "This is a joint production: the elementary schools as well as our two classes."

The classes includes Play Works class — the advanced class — whose members play the principals and perform all the speaking roles and the Broadway Bound class – the intermediate class – whose members are playing the Oompa Loompas. Theatre groups from four area elementary schools will also contribute through song and dance: Students from Jeremy Ranch will perform "I Like Candy," students from McPolin Elementary will perform "Big Rock Candy Mountain, Park City Academy will perform "Hot Chocolate from the Polar Express", and Parley’s Park Elementary will perform "The Good Ship Lollipop."

As a special treat, attendees can buy Willy Wonka chocolate bars. Much like the story of "Willy Wonka," hidden golden tickets can be found inside five candy bars each night. Four winners will receive prizes; one winner will win a grand prize, according to Talley.

The performances this week precedes the beginning of more Youtheatre shows already planned for a summer full of theater workshops. In June, camps for ages four through nine will begin, as well as a Shakespeare camp for kids 10 to 14 years old. In July, there will be a performance of "A Year With Frog and Toad." In August, 10-to 14- year-olds are also invited to Improvisational Acting and high schoolers are invited to audition for the stage production of the 1980s musical, "Footloose."

For more information, call: (435) 649-9371 or visit

See ‘Willy Wonka’

What: A youth theater production of "Willy Wonka"

When: 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 22 and Friday, May 23; 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 24

Where: The Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St.

How much: $5 for those18 years and younger; $7 for those 18 years and up. Tickets can be purchased at the Egyptian Theatre box office. For more information, call (435) 649-9371.

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