Camp Broadway performances will be held Friday, Aug. 5 and Saturday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m., as well as a matinee show on Sunday, Aug. 8 at 3 p.m. at the College of the Siskiyous’ Ford Theater in Weed.
With all the scrumdidilyumptious excitement of a true Broadway production, College of the Siskiyous’ Camp Broadway will present the Roald Dahl classic Willy Wonka Jr. August 5, 6, and 7.
Directed by Wendy James, 75 children from around Siskiyou County will participate in the musical.
Performances will be held Friday, Aug. 5 and Saturday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m., as well as a matinee show on Sunday, Aug. 8 at 3 p.m. at the College of the Siskiyous’ Ford Theater in Weed.
Camp Broadway participants have just 16 rehearsals to perfect their performance, which stars Alex Noland as Willy Wonka and Andrew Hill as Charlie Bucket.
Linnea Dolf, who starred as Peter Pan in last year’s Peter Pan Jr., landed the role of Violet Beauregard. Kylene Mitchell is Veruca Salt, Adrian Ogden is Augustus Gloop, and Elisa Dolf is Mike Teavee. Aaron Andrews stars as Grandpa Joe and Miranda Connelly is Phinea Trout.
“Theatre does wonders for kids,” said James, an Emmy award winning Broadway performer who has directed Camp Broadway productions since 2013. “They create a family, tell a story, express themselves and make magic, all at the same time. I am proud to be able to help them achieve that.”
You most likely know the Willy Wonka story. The production follows enigmatic candy manufacturer as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likeable boy named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences.
Participants attend Camp Broadway through the month of July and learn about all aspects of live theater. Last year, the performance was Peter Pan Jr. In 2014, Camp Broadway presented “Once on this Island,” a version of The Little Mermaid set in the Caribbean. In 2013, the play was “Pirates!”
This summer is the first year that Camp Broadway is a fully credited course which has allowed COS to expand its class offerings to more students and make it more cost effective for both students and the college, according to a COS press release.
Tickets are $15 General Admission, $10 for students and seniors, or purchase a family 4-pack special for $35.
Tickets may be purchased in advance from the Weed Campus Book Store or call 938-5236 to order over the phone. Tickets will also be available at the door at the time of the performance.