‘Willie Wonka’ on GHS stage this weekend

By Marlys Good

The reclusive Willie Wonka (Bill Robertson) will bring his magic to the GHS auditorium tonight (Thursday, Nov. 15) for the first of three performances. The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday.

In years past, there have been repeat performances of some  of the popular musicals, but this is the debut for “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

You’ll meet young Charlie Bucket (Seamus Bercher), his parents Mr. and Mrs. Bucket (Jared Welsh, Darcie Wisehart) and his grandparents, Joe and Josephine (Scott Mattis, Stephanie Jones) and George and Georgina (Jais Tingland, Stephanie Jones), as well as the other four lucky holders of Golden tickets they found in Wonka Chocolate bars they had purchased that allow them access to the Chocolate Factory with an eye on earning the grand prize,

In addition to Charlie, (who found a gold sovereign in a storm drain, buys a chocolate bar and finds the fifth ticket) there is the gluttonous German youth Augustus Goop (McKenzie Mazur); spoiled Veruca Salt (Ashlyn Ewen); Violet Beauregard (Jessie Kysar) and Mike TeeVee (Brayden Thomas) who is obsessed with television, particularly programs regarding cowboys.

Parents of the ticket holders include Mrs. Gloop (Lillian Tinglund), Mrs. Salt (Misty Wollam), Mrs. Beauregard (Lisa McDonald) and Ms. TeeVee (Wende Jenness).

You’ll be introduced to the five Oompa-Loompas (Catcher Russell, David McBride, Kaileigh Schell, Aysa McMillan, Riley Thomas) and the Oompa-Loompa Chorus of Destiny Swearingen, Cole Wisehart and Darcie Wisehart.

Along the way you’ll be enchanted with the Candyman (Jais Tinglund).

As the lucky ticket holders and their parents tour the chocolate factory, the children, one by one, fall victim to pranks that prey on their weaknesses of character.

Charlie is the lone qualifying applicant left at the end of the tour. But he and his grandpa Joe lag behind the group and steal “Fizzy Lifting Drinks.”

See what happens to young Charlie when confronted by Willie about the theft.

The play is directed by Em Wilson and assistant director Dee Robertson. Janell McBride is the music director; pianists are Kelli Hoblit and Michael Jaycox.

Tickets are available at the door.