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Petersburg theater to feature Roald Dahl’s ‘Wonka’

March 14, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

West Virginia Theater East is pleased to announce their latest production, Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka."

The show is set at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. It also will run next weekend, with performances set at 7 p.m. March 23 and 24, and 2 p.m. March 25.

They will take place at the Harr Theatre in the Landes Arts Center, Mountain View Street, Petersburg.

Organizers said 305 tickets will be available for each show, and they typically sell out quickly. Advance tickets will be available to the general public at South Branch Liquidators, South Side Depot, Parks & Recreation Office at Grant County Courthouse and the Grant County Press. At least 50 tickets will be available at the door, beginning an hour before the show. Children not yet in school are admitted free. The doors to the auditorium will open 40 minutes before curtain.

Again this year, Directors Tom Hencke and Ravenna Redman have double cast many of the major roles.

Kristian Yeager will perform in the title role on dates with even numbers. His "Golden Ticket" winners will be Elizabeth Ours as Charlie, Dean Hedrick as Augustus, Satori Paoli as Violet, Lindsey Sites as Veruca and Isaac Cardot as Mike Teavea. On odd-numbered dates, Wonka will be played by Jesse Hedrick. His ticket winners are Micah Western as Charlie, Austin Meck as Augustus, Maddi Sites as Violet, Elise Cardot as Veruca and Maddy Brewer as Mike Teavea.

Fact Box

If you go

What:?Roald Dahl's 'Willy Wonka'

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as March 23, 24 and 25

Where: Landes Arts Center, Mountain View Street, Petersburg

The children's guests on the factory tour are Greg Foley as Grandpa Joe, Julie Fosbender as Frau Gloop, Leigh Saville as Mrs. Beauregard, Holly Alt as Mrs. Salt and Aimee Cardot as Ms. Teavea.

Charlie's parents are played by Kelly Wingard and Thanh Berg; Charlie's other grandparents are played by Ellie Haught, and Dave and Alma Williams. The Candyman is Sandie Eltringham, assisted by Sydney Brewer.

Assisting Wonka in his factory are Oompa Loompas Estella Lambert, Sara Pennington, Olivia Hansrote, Malek Musser, Richie Cardot, Hunter Proulx, Raven Allen, Jalyn Western, Victoria Hansrote, Reagan Hartman, Madison White, Joselyn Raines, Rachel Bosley and Sierra Arbaugh.

Charlie's school friends are played by Cassidy Bosley, Britney Schrader, Morgan Sites, Hanna Brewer and Matthew Pennington.

News bulletins about the ticket winners are presented by Mary O'Malley as Fiona Trout, with her intrepid crew of Tristan O'Malley as camera operator and Brett Reel as sound technician.

Also appearing are a chorus of kids singing and dancing with the Candyman; a chorus of cooks, singing and dancing with the Gloops; and a lively bunch of squirrels.

Once again Glenn Paoli has worked his technological magic to produce a fantastic musical score.

Production staff members also include music directors Ann Harrison and Greg Foley; choreographers Aimee Cardot, Diana Hymes and Kelly Wingard; costumers Julie Fosbender, Deana Berg and Susan Hedrick; lighting and sound technician Glenn Paoli; set design and construction Tom Hencke and Jason Redman with the help of Grant County maintenance crew; and production manager June Hencke.



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