Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
July 20-22, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.
July 22-23, 2017 • 2:00 p.m.
The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory will light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder and new songs by Leslie Bricusse (Jekyll & Hyde, Doctor Dolittle) and Anthony Newley, this scrumdidilyumptious musical will delight everyone's sweet tooth.
Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory, or suffer the consequences.
Join us as we embark on a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination!
Music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Produced in cooperation by Music Theatre International
Jason Huffman has designed, constructed, and directed multiple shows for PCT and Midwest Regional Ballet, and has been involved with more than 90 shows in his tenure at Memorial Auditorium, where he currently serves as technical director. Jason's recent directoral credits include "My Way" (2015), "Wizard of Oz" (2013), and "Jesus Christ, Superstar" (2012).
Vocal Music Director
MJ Harper, who wowed audiences with her powerhouse vocals as Mama Rose in this summer’s musical, “Gypsy,” is an elementary music teacher in Ft. Scott. She’s been on stage since she was a little girl and frequently performs with the American Opera Studio in Kansas City, sings in the FUMC Chancel Choir, plays violin with the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra whenever possible, and teaches private lessons in piano, voice, violin, and ukelele. This is her lead directing debut with PCT, for which she has been vocal director for several shows.
Pittsburg High School band director Cooper Neil frequently directs pit bands for high school musicals, and often plays as a musician in the pit band himself. Cooper also is active in pit orchestras for Pittsburg Community Theatre and the Pittsburg Presbyterian Church music program. In 2016, Cooper received a Jester Award for "Outstanding Orchestra/Pit Band" for "Shrek, The Musical," and was nominated for the same award this year.
Kaye Lewis has been teaching dance for 27 years and is the founder and owner of Midwest Regional Ballet. Her students have successfully pursued careers as actors and dancers for the Denver Ballet, St Louis Ballet, Joffery Ballet, Ballet International, Hartford Ballet, Friends University, Broadway, Disney, and local public schools, as well as various modeling, music video and commercial contracts. She has been a longtime friend to Pittsburg Community Theatre and choreographed many of our musicals, including "Wizard of Oz," "Evita," and "Gypsy."