Several area teens are performing in the Stages Theatre Company production of “Willy Wonka,” now through Sunday, Aug. 4, at 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins.
Based on “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl, the musical follows the adventures of Charlie Bucket and the other golden ticket holders through Willy Wonka’s whimsical and mysterious Chocolate Factory filled with Oompa-Loompas, fun, candy and magic around every corner.
This iteration of the classic story features several local actors from the area.
Sam Rosewarne, of Minnetonka, plays an Oompa-Loompa. Rosewarne, 12, is active in the Minnetonka Theater and is a member of the Minnetonka Children’s Select Choir.
Joining Rosewarne on stage is Clare Judge, also from Minnetonka. She plays the role of Mrs. Bucket. This will mark her 14th production with the theater company.
Laura Mahler, of Minnetonka, has performed with the company since she was 9 years old. Mahler returns by playing Mrs. Gloop. She also choreographs stage performances. Last summer, she choreographed “Dreamwork’s Madagascar: A Musical Adventure.”
Tiahna Wolfe-Shields, 13, of Hopkins, is a ninth grader PIM Arts High School. She returns for her fifth production with Stages Theatre Company in a role as an Oompa Loompa.
“Junie B. Jones: The Musical” was her debut, followed by “Stone Soup,” “Dreamwork’s Madagascar: A Musical Adventure,” and most recently “Fish In A Tree.”
Celia Birgy, 16, of Hopkins, is a 10th grader at PIM Arts High School, and returns for her eighth production as Violet in “Willy Wonka.”
Most recently, Birgy performed as Splasher in “Disney’s Newsies” with Ashland Productions.
“Willy Wonka is filled with big dreams and a generous sprinkle of candy, which just so happens to be the ingredient for an excellent summer,” said director Nikki Swoboda. “Charlie’s big heart and open eyes bring us on a fantastical journey from nothing to everything, and all kinds of wild adventures in between. It’s going to be a fun and sweet treat for the entire family.”
The performance runs for approximately 70 minutes with no intermission and is all ages.
To inquire about show times, visit stagestheatre.org or call the box office, at 952-979-1111, option four, from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for children and seniors who are 60 years or older.
Info and tickets: stagestheatre.org