Willy Wonka Takes the Stage

The School of Creative Arts and the Fort Wayne Youtheatre will present the classic children’s story Willy Wonka. Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, the story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir, will come to life in this stage adaptation, which features songs from the classic family film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” In this timeless tale, recluse candy maker Willy Wonka declares that five lucky children will be given a tour of his private factory to see all of his candy-making secrets, if they can find a “golden ticket” in a Wonka candy bar. Further, one lucky child will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate.

Follow the story of Charlie Bucket and four other children who found golden tickets as they tour Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory and discover the magical world of Oompa-loompas, Wonkavision, and Everlasting Gobstoppers. This show is a great opportunity to introduce children to live theater. It is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth with lively songs and a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination!

Performances will be held at the USF Performing Arts Center at 431 W. Berry St. Performance times are:

  • Friday, March 21, 2014 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, March 28, 2014 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available through ArtsTix Community Box Office at 260-422-4226 or may be purchased online. Prices are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors (65+) and children under 18. Group rates of $10 per person are available to groups of 20 or more. Service fees will apply. Doors will open 30 minutes before show time for general seating.

The production is made possible in part by DeBrand Fine Chocolates, the Marilyn and William Wunderlin Foundation, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, the Indiana Arts Commission, the Foellinger Foundation, Lincoln Financial Group, WAJI Magic 95.1, and the Journal Gazette.

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone: 212-541-4684, fax 212-397-4684, www.MTIShows.com.