Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA TYA
JUNE 28 – AUGUST 4, 2019 (ALL AGES)
A GOLDEN TICKET TO A MAGNIFICENT SUMMER EXPERIENCE
Music and Lyrics by LESLIE BRICUSSE and ANTHONY NEWLEY
Adapted for the Stage by LESLIE BRICUSSE and TIMOTHY ALLEN MCDONALD
Based on the Book “CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY” by ROALD DAHL
Directed & Choreographed by Nikki Swoboda
Hop on a magnificent fantasy ride through the land of pure imagination with Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka. The scrumdidilyumptious adventures of Charlie Bucket touring the enigmatic Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory enlivens our stage this summer. This enchanting adaptation, featuring memorable songs from the 1971 film, will be a delicious experience for everyone to savor!
RUN TIME: Approximately 60 MINUTES with no intermission. Check back closer to opening night.
Check back soon for a complete cast list.
Learn about AUDITIONS at Stages Theatre Company
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – Sandy Boren-Barrett
DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER – Nikki Swoboda
MUSIC DIRECTOR – JC Lippold
STAGE MANAGER – Cody R Braudt
SET DESIGNER – Anne Henly
PROPS DESIGNER – Jim Hibbeler
TECH DIRECTOR – Gretchen Katt
COSTUME SUPERVISOR – Christa Ludwig
LIGHTING DESIGNER – Karin Olson
COSTUME & MAKE-UP DESIGNER – Lori Opsal
SOUND DESIGNER – Alan Pagel
PRODUCTION MANAGER – Melanie Salmon-Peterson
DATES + SHOWTIMES
Friday, June 28 – 7 PM (Opening Night)
Saturday, June 29 – 1 PM
Sunday, June 30 – 1 PM (PWYC) & 4 PM
Wednesday, July 3 – 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Friday, July 5 – 10 AM & 7 PM
Saturday, July 6 – 10 AM & 1 PM (ASL & AD)
Sunday, July 7 – 1 PM & 4 PM
Wednesday, July 10 – 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thursday, July 11 – 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Friday, July 12 – 10 AM & 7 PM
Saturday, July 13 – 10 AM (SF) & 1 PM
Sunday, July 14 – 1 PM & 4 PM
Wednesday, July 24 – 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thursday, July 25 – 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Friday July 26 – 10 AM & 7 PM
Saturday, July 27 – 10 AM & 1 PM
Sunday, July 28 – 1 PM & 4 PM
Tuesday, July 30 – 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Wednesday, July 31 – 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thursday, August 1 – 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Friday, August 2 – 7 PM
Saturday, August 3 – 10 AM & 1 PM
Sunday, August 4 – 1 PM
ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES FOR Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA TYA
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In this section you will find:
- SHOW BACKGROUND – See below
- TIPS & RESOURCES TO ENJOY THE SHOW
TIPS & RESOURCES TO ENJOY THE SHOW
- MEET: The Cast, Crew & Creative Team
- WATCH: A sneak peek video of the show – Coming Soon!
- PLAN YOUR VISIT
- DIRECTIONS & PARKING
- WEATHER RELATED INFORMATION
- READ THE BOOK. Compare & contrast the book with what you see on stage.
MEET THE DIRECTOR
Nikki Swoboda (Director/Choreographer) – Nikki Swoboda is a theatre artist from Minnesota who has directed and/or choreographed almost 200 productions across the Midwest and East Coast (and counting). She has been theatre and dance faculty at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN, and the Walnut Hill School of the Arts in Natick, MA. In the Twin Cities theatre community, she develops and directs new musical theatre from the ground floor, having had the pleasure to direct in Theatre Latte Da’s NEXT Series (Pansy), the Illusion Theatre’s Fresh Ink Series (Fruit Fly), co-creating six original musicals with The Catalysts, and directing/choreographing the world premiere Jake Heggie opera Radio Hour for Vocal Essence. Nikki began her career with Stages Theatre Company as a choreographer, actor, and teaching artist, before becoming the Education Director in 2012. Since joining STC, she has created educational programming for the very young (Play a Day, Little Stars, Rising Stars), grown its workshop programming (Summer is coming!), created multiple community partnerships with area schools and social service organizations, developed and lead their Perspectives on Peace curriculum throughout the state, and piloted the CAST (Creative Accepting Sensory-Friendly Theatre) Program for children affected by ASD. Her favorite fun on the STC mainstage has been directing/choreographing Fancy Nancy and I Love You, Stinky Face, and getting to choreograph the Owl Dance in both Owl Moon 2013 and 2019.
THE SHOW CREATORS
Roald Dahl (Book Author) Roald Dahl was a spy, an ace fighter pilot, a chocolate historian and a medical inventor.
He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, and a treasury of original, evergreen, and beloved children’s books. He remains for many the world’s No. 1 storyteller.
Born in Llandaff, Wales, on 13th September 1916 to Norwegian parents, Dahl was named after Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian who had been the first man to reach the South Pole just four years earlier.
He attended boarding school as a young boy—first to St Peter’s, Weston-super-Mare; then, in 1929, to Repton—where pupils were invited to trial chocolate bars, a memory that stayed with Dahl throughout his life, inspiring Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
In his early adulthood, Dahl’s lust for travel took him first to Canada, then to East Africa, where he worked for an oil company until the outbreak of World War Two. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force at 23 years old and his service continued throughout the war.
In 1953 Roald Dahl married the American actress, Patricia Neal, with whom he had five children. They divorced after 30 years, and he later married Felicity “Liccy” Crosland, who has furthered Roald’s legacy.
Starting in 1961, he started a burst of literary energy with James and the Giant Peach followed by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Roald then wrote screenplays for You Only Live Twice and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as well as adult novels such as Kiss Kiss. Fantastic Mr. Fox was published in 1970, the year before the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was released. The rest of the decade saw the publication of many other classics, including Danny the Champion of the World, The Enormous Crocodile, and My Uncle Oswald.
Roald also enjoyed enormous success on television. Having already had his stories told in six episodes of the award winning US series Alfred Hitchcock Presents, his Tales of the Unexpected ran in the UK for several series between 1979 and 1988.
In the early 1980s he published The Twits, Revolting Rhymes, The BFG and The Witches. There followed two autobiographical books: Boy, in 1984 and Going Solo, in 1986. Matilda was published in 1988, Esio Trot in 1990, and finally, in 1991, came the posthumous delight of The Minpins.
Roald Dahl died on 23 November 1990, aged 74. He was buried in the parish church of St Peter and St Paul in Great Missenden—the Buckinghamshire village where today The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre continues his extraordinary mission to amaze, thrill and inspire generations of children and their parents. Courtesy of www.roalddahl.com
Leslie Bricusse (Composer/Lyricist/Librettist) Double Oscar and Grammy winner Leslie Bricusse is a writer-composer-lyricist who has contributed to many musical films and plays during his career. He was born in London, and educated at University College School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. His stage musicals include STOP THE WORLD – I WANT TO GET OFF; THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT – THE SMELL OF THE CROWD; PICKWICK; HARVEY; THE GOOD OLD BAD OLD DAYS; GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS; HENRY’S WIVES; SCROOGE; ONE SHINING MOMENT; SHERLOCK HOLMES; JEKYLL AND HYDE and VICTOR/VICTORIA. He has written songs and/or screenplays for such films as DOCTOR DOLITTLE; SCROOGE; WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY; GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS; SUPERMAN; VICTOR/VICTORIA; SANTA CLAUS – THE MOVIE; HOME ALONE I & II; HOOK; TOM & JERRY – THE MOVIE and various PINK PANTHERS. Bricusse has written more than forty musical shows and films, and over the years has had the good fortune to enjoy fruitful collaborations with a wonderful array of musical talents. He has been nominated for ten Academy Awards, nine Grammys and four Tonys, and has won two Oscars, a Grammy and eight Ivor Novello Awards, the premiere British Music Award. In 1989 he received the Kennedy Award for consistent excellence in British songwriting, bestowed by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and was inducted into the American Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.. Bricusse’s children’s stage musical version of Raold Dahl’s WILLY WONKA opened at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC in November, 2004, before embarking on a three-year national tour. Courtesy of www.mtishows.com
Timothy Allen McDonald (Playwright, Stage Adaptation) Timothy Allen McDonald is an award-winning playwright (Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter, Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach) adaptor of over 65 musicals (highlights include Guys and Dolls JR., Getting to Know…The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz YPE, and Les Miserables School Edition).McDonald is also an accomplished director (Dear Edwina produced by multi-Tony award winner Daryl Roth, and The Phantom Tollbooth at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts) and a leading authority on musical theater education. In 1996 McDonald was recruited to develop Music Theatre International’s Education Division to create age-appropriate adaptations of musicals. In 1997 McDonald founded iTheatrics to continue and expand the work he began at MTI by developing educational musical theatre adaptations and resources for Tams-Witmark, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Samuel French. McDonald is the founder of the Junior Theater Festival, the world’s largest festival exclusively dedicated to young people performing musical theater which is held annually in Atlanta, GA. Believing that every child everywhere should have access to quality arts programs, Tim has developed several nationwide initiatives which build sustainable musical theater programs in underserved schools. Courtesy of www.mtishows.com
Anthony Newley (Music & Lyrics) George Anthony Newley (September 24, 1931 – April 14, 1999) was a British actor, singer and songwriter.
His first major film role was as the Artful Dodger in David Lean’s 1948 OLIVER TWIST.
Newley had a successful pop music career, with two number ones in 1960: “Why?” and “Do You Mind?” He won the 1963 Grammy Award for Song of the Year for “What Kind of Fool Am I”, but was also well-known for “Gonna Build a Mountain” and comic novelty songs such as his version of “Strawberry Fair.” With Leslie Bricusse, he wrote the musical STOP THE WORLD, I WANT TO GET OFF in which he also performed, earning a nomination for a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. His other musicals include THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT, THE SMELL OF THE CROWD (1965) and WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971).
In recognition of his creative skills and body of work, Newley was elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Courtesy of www.mtishows.com