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Detour Company Theatre returns to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Theatre company made up of actors with disabilities to perform ‘Willy Wonka’

Posted 12/10/21

Detour Company Theatre is bringing the chocolate factory to Scottsdale with its production of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka from Jan. 7 to Jan. 9 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing …

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Detour Company Theatre returns to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Theatre company made up of actors with disabilities to perform ‘Willy Wonka’

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Detour Company Theatre is bringing the chocolate factory to Scottsdale with its production of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka from Jan. 7 to Jan. 9 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. 

Detour Company Theatre provides theater training and performance experiences for adults with developmental, intellectual and physical disabilities as well as authentic opportunities to develop artistry, demonstrate courage and collaboration, experience joy and participate in the sharing of musical theater with the community. 

“We are stars,” Paul Costantini, actor in the show, stated in the release. “We are the stars of a theater troupe that treats us like equals. We believe in each other both on and off stage.” 

In this Roald Dahl classic, the delicious adventures of Charlie Bucket are set to songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder and all-new songs by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. 

After nabbing their own golden tickets, Charlie and friends must navigate their way through a saccharine-sweet story and find the real reason they were all brought together. The performance is fun for audiences young and old, those who remember this classic tale and those who are coming down the chocolate river for the first time. 

The talented and dedicated community of artists at Detour Company Theatre live with a variety of disabilities, and they refuse to be silenced by their diagnoses. 

“We want to shine on stage in Arizona,” LJ LaVancil, another Willy Wonka actor, stated in the release. “You can’t limit our disabilities, what we want to achieve, what we want to do. We want to educate and inspire, and we are entertainers.” 

Detour creates a vital space for honing creativity, building community and shaping social progress. 

The company is committed to elevating the voices of its artists by making theater and drama truly accessible for a community that is severely underrepresented in visual and performing arts. 

“Accessibility is about eliminating the obstacles that systemically prevent marginalized people from participating and purposefully creating a space for them to thrive,” LaRiche Lamar, Detour’s artistic director, stated in the release. “It requires that we pinpoint our preconceived ideas of what is normal and open our minds to what is beautifully true. We are diverse. We are unique. We are worthy of the space to be ourselves.”  

Detour Company Theatre stages its productions in June and January of each year at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, where Detour is a resident company. 

Natalie Marsh, director of Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation, stated in the release that making the arts accessible for all is a core component of the organization and that it’s partnerships like this, with Detour Company Theatre, that allow the arts to be welcoming for everyone who wants to thrive in their own spotlight. 

“There is no other show in our entire season that fills our theater with as much joy as the Detour Company Theatre shows,” Marsh stated. “I encourage everyone to nab their ‘golden ticket’ and come see, what I am sure will be, an amazing performance of Willy Wonka.” 

Detour will have four showings of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. 

There will be one showing on Friday, Jan. 7, at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 8, there will be two showings at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and one final showing will be on Sunday, Jan. 9, at 3:00 p.m. 

Admission is free for all productions, but donations are accepted. RSVP for the performances at ScottsdalePerformingArts.org/events.

For more information about Detour Company Theatre, visit DetourCompanyTheatre.org. 

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