Performing arts students present ‘Willy Wonka’


The experience of Charlie Bucket while visiting Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory will be performed at Shadow Mountain High School’s Performing Art Center.

The Roald Dahl’s sweet-tasting tale of the candy manufacturer who stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his candy bars will be shown on the local stage adaptation on Nov. 7-9 Thursday, Friday and Saturday with shows at 7 p.m. each night, and a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday Nov. 9.

The story follows some “bratty” children who are finalists joined by another “likable” youngster named Charlie Bucket during a tour of the Wonka factory, all competing for a lifetime supply of candy by following Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory or suffering consequences, described the release.

More than 60 cast and crew members, comprised of 5th-12th grade NVAA theatre students from Desert Cove Elementary, Shea Middle, and Shadow Mountain High schools.

The Saturday 2 p.m. matinee will include an additional 20 special guest stars for the opening number, local K-4th grade students who participated in Wonka Experience workshops.

Willy Wonka is amongst 25 high school musicals selected to compete in the Gammage High School Musical Theatre awards this year, the release noted. Willy Wonka is produced by special arrangement with MTI.

Tickets are available at the door for $5 for students, and $10 for adults. Only cash or check taken. Shadow Mountain High School is at 2902 E Shea Blvd, Phoenix.

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