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Willy Wonka!

March 29, 2011

Everyone’s favorite Candy Man, Willy Wonka will be appearing in March and April at the Paramount Center for the Arts as part of Theatre Bristol’s 45th Anniversary Season. Willy Wonka is the stage adaptation of the timeless story of the world famous candy man and his quest to find an heir. Willy Wonka features songs from the classic family film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” The memorable score showcases “The Candy Man”, “Pure Imagination”, “Oompa Loompa” and “I Want it Now!” by academy and Grammy award winners Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.

Public performances of Willy Wonka are Friday, April 1 at 8 pm and Saturday, April 2 at 3 and 7 p.m. Reservations for public performances of Willy Wonka are available through the Paramount 423.274.8920.

Willy Wonka features a cast ranging in age from 7 to 70 with the title role, Willy Wonka being played by an energetic Reece Wheeler. The five Golden Ticket winners include Charlie Bucket (Colton Brooks), the gum-smacking Violet Beauregarde (Lily Brock), the spoiled Veruca Salt (Anna Mader), perpetually hungry Augustus Gloop (Lukas McCrary) and the pistol-packing Mike Teavee (Porter Smelser). Other cast members include Kolbe Bush, Annie Carr, Makenzie Emmert, Sharon Flake, Idgie Flake, Danny Hardwick, Courtney Harlow, Krista Heikkila, Kylee Anne Hilliard, Bill Locke, Alison Loony, Maleah Newton, Eden Phillips, Mackay Pierce, Courtney Stanley, Andrew Woods and Heather Woods. Willy Wonka is directed and choreographed by Peggy Russell, with additional choreography assistance from Leslie Honaker, Reece Wheeler and the Oompa Loompas. Musical Direction is by Ric Burns and stage managed by Samantha Strader.

Willy Wonka is one of three shows on the second half of Theatre Bristol’s 45th anniversary season. Remaining on-stage productions include: I Hate Shakespeare (in May 2011 with performances for schools and the public) and Bat Boy, the musical (in June 2011). The Princess and the Pea is enjoying success as a touring production this spring. Theatre Bristol remains dedicated to the mission to provide education, inspiration and entertainment to the child and adults of all ages in the Bristol TN/VA and surrounding areas through participation in the process of live theatre from play writing to performing the finished product.

For more information call Theatre Bristol 423.968.4977 or check out the website at www.theatrebristol.org. To purchase tickets for the public performances, contact the Paramount Center for the Arts 423.274.8920 or buy tickets online at www.theparamountcenter.com/tickets