ABINGDON, Va. -- “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” has begun at Stage II of the Barter Theatre and runs through July 21.
The Barter Players are taking children of all ages to a magical land of endless possibilities and imagination, where chocolate rivers flow, gum can taste like a three course meal and chocolate can travel through TV tubes!
Based on book by Roald Dahl and adapted by Richard R. George, the play follows Charlie Bucket and his Grandpa Joe as they seek one of the coveted golden tickets that offer a prize of a lifetime—to tour the mysterious Wonka chocolate factory.
This is the very first time Wonka has opened his factory to anyone, and these winners and their guest are excited to see what’s inside. Director John Hardy believes Willy Wonka is very passionate about chocolate and his enthusiasm is catching.
"He LOVES chocolate and everything that has even the slightest association with chocolate, and most of all, he loves that people love his chocolate. It is impossible not to get wrapped up in Willy Wonka’s passion for chocolate. You’ll see," said Hardy.
In addition to Charlie Bucket, there’s Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, Veruca Salt and Mike Teavee. Along with a tour, each child will also get a lifetime supply of candy!
But, wait, could there be an even better prize on the line? Charlie is soon going to find out!
Katy Brown, the artistic director of The Barter Players is excited to bring this show to children of all ages this summer. It is full of imagination and kids are the best when it comes to imagination she believes.
“’Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ is going to be great: true to the book and truly magical and mysterious. Mandy Williams has written some wonderful original music that really captures the world of Willy Wonka."
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is sponsored by Timothy E. Collins, Pediatric Dentistry and The Barter Players season sponsors are Alpha Natural Resources and Blue Ridge PBS.
Tickets are $11. Call 276.628.3991 or visit http://www.BarterTheatre.com for more information.