Young thespians to perform 'Wonka'

WHALLONSBURG - A troupe of 23 young actors from five area towns got to work July 20 rehearsing their summer dance steps for Boquet River Theatre Festival's production of "Willy Wonka Junior."

Based on the famous book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," the musical tells the timeless story of the world famous candy man and his quest to find an heir. It features well known songs such as "The Candy Man," "Pure Imagination," "Oompa Loompa" and "I Want it Now."

The excited group learned new songs for this summer's children's theatre production of Willy Wonka Junior in the newly restored Whallonsburg Grange Hall. When they aren't learning lines, songs and choreography, the children have creative art projects to work on. They will rehearse from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day ahead of opening night. Willy Wonka opens at the Grange Hall on Aug. 7 and 8, both shows begin at 7 p.m. A Sunday matinee Aug. 9 starts at 3 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

BRTF is also producing Pippin with a large group of the area's talented teen actors. Pippin goes onstage Aug. 20, 21, 22 and 23.

Both programs are supported, in part, with generous grant funding from the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks.

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