Willy Wonka' to transform the Paramount into chocolate factory

RUTLAND-Rutland Youth Theatre, with a cast of 50 local area children and a live orchestra, will present "Willy Wonka", Roald Dahl's story of the candy man singer Sammy Davis, Jr., made world famous. Shows, directed by Saskia Hagen Groom, will be held June 4 and 5, at 7pm, and June 6, at 2pm at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Rutland

Wonka, owner of a magical and mysterious chocolate factory, invites the audience to join him in a world of "Pure Imagination." Wonka is ready to retire and wishes to find some "bright spark" to continue his candy confectioning. In order to find this rare bird, Wonka holds a contest.

Behind the production are musical director Jacob Patorti, choreography by Shelby Jones, stage manager Mikki Lane, and set designer Hannah McMillen.

The cast features the following local performers-

Sam Lucci, as Willy Wonka, Kyle Ackerman as Charlie, Taylor Ampatiellos as Grandpa Joe, and Ben Norton as the Candy Man.

Brandon Bailey as Mr. Bucket, Maya Redington as Mrs. Bucket; Emma Williams as Grandma Georgina, Garrett Hastings as Grandpa George, and Savannah Hastings as Grandma Josephine.

Sam Zollman as Phineous; Matthew Eckler as Augustus Gloop; Michaela Eckler as Mrs. Gloop; Anjelica Carroll as Violet Beauregarde, Katherine Bullock as Mrs. Beauregarde, Aliya Schneider as Veruca Salt, Silas Hamilton as Mr. Salt; and Ryan Mangan as Mike Teavee.

Courtney Marsh as Mrs. Teavee and Tess Beauchain, Ella Chaney, Meghan Chaney, Audrey Comas-Altland, Gracie Coolidge, Taylor Crompton, Georgia DeCandio, Isabella DeCandio, Sophia Duffy, Lucy Gallo, Will Giering, Sam Groom, Ariah Holliman, Olivia Lane, Kelsey McCullough, Kyle Mead, Claire Mercier, Jessica Neilson, Cassidy Nolan, Rhys Pitner, Paige Prouty, Spencer Prouty, Benjamin Spiro, Sophie Spiro, Alea Valente, Garrett Waite, Tegan Waite, Jack Wallace, Morgan Wallace, Carly Ward, Annie Whitney, Emily Wight as Oompa Loompas.

Rutland Youth Theatre is part of the Rutland Recreation and Parks Department and is a non-for-profit organization.

To order tickets, call 802-775-0903.

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