Join Willy Wonka and his band of Oompa Loompas May 12 - June 3 at Unity as they lead Charlie, Veruca, Augustus, Violet, and Mike through a labyrinth of lemon drops and life lessons. Roald Dahl's story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation WILLY WONKA, which features songs from the classic family film, including "The Candy Man," "I Want it Now," and "Pure Imagination."
Willy Wonka owns a magical and mysterious chocolate factory. Although he excels at making candy, he would like to retire. Someday, he hopes to find the right person to take his place. Charlie Bucket's family is poor. They do not have enough money to buy food or warm clothes, let alone candy. Charlie dreams of making chocolate bars, just like his father, grandfather, and grandmother used to dream of doing.
Everyone, especially Charlie, is excited to learn that Willy Wonka has started a contest. The five lucky people who find golden tickets inside Wonka chocolate bars get a tour of the chocolate factory and a lifetime supply of chocolate. Charlie wants badly to win, but can't easily afford to buy the Wonka bars to look for a golden ticket. At the last moment, Charlie finds the finAl Golden ticket! He joins the other winners -- Augustus, Violet, Veruca, and Mike -- on a fantastical tour of Wonka's chocolate factory. Inside, they will see first hand what a tasty, tempting and surreal world Willy Wonka and his Oompa Loompas have created for themselves.
Tickets to Willy Wonka can be purchased online at www.kelrikproductions.org, by phone at (805) 543-PLAY or at Cheap Thrills in San Luis Obispo. Willy Wonka will perform at Unity, 1490 Southwood Drive in San Luis Obispo, from May 12 - June 3 . Please note the family-friendly performance schedule: Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2PM. Ticket prices are range from $14 to $20. Discounts are available for full-time students, seniors and groups of 15 or more.
Roald Dahl was born to Norwegian parents in 1916 in Wales and has become one of the world's most successful and well-known of all children's writers. His inspiration for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory came from his time in school, when he and his classmates were occasionally asked by an important chocolate manufacturer to test out their latest concoctions. He never lost his taste for chocolate. Other books include James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, Matilda, and The Witches, winner of the 1983 Whitbread Award. Roald Dahl died in 1990.