Parkway Playhouse Junior presents Willy Wonka, Jr. on Friday, April 11

Press release

From Parkway Playhouse:

Join Parkway Playhouse Junior In The Search For A Golden Ticket

BURNSVILLE, NC: Parkway Playhouse Junior will present the wildly imaginative Willy Wonka, Jr. on April 11th at 7:30pm and April 12th at 3:00pm & 7:30pm at Parkway Playhouse. Tickets are available exclusively at the door and range from $5.50-$11.00.

Based on Roald Dahl’s legendary children’s novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Willy Wonka, Jr. is vivid musical that features a songs from the classic 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. At the center of this story is the enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka; who stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever finds these rare tickets will win a free tour of the mysterious Wonka Factory and a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. Once inside Wonka’s factory all is not what it seems, including the eccentric candy-maker himself; the children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory–or suffer the consequences.

The all-local/all-student cast includes students from Mitchell, Avery, Yancey, and Madison Counties. Student performers are: Jacob Bacon, Levi Bradford, Elijah Briggs, Willa Briggs, Baleigh Bryant, Logan Bryant, Natalie Calkins, Laela Cash, Corey Chandler, Jonathan Chandler, Lexi Cranor, Izzy Davis, Sydney Edwards, Aspen Elliot, Beckett Gall, Hunter Gall, Jeremy Heidenfelder, Kade Hoilman, Maggie Howell, Charlotte Hubbard, Emma Hubbard, Ursula Kelley, Henry Kramer, James Kramer, Amira Malas, Aaron Neighbors, Eli North, Oscar North, Laura Oosterloo, Liza Patrick, Lily Polgar, Kadence Ray, Paige Rizzuto, Drew Smoker, Eva Soto, Paloma Soto, Hana Stella, Kai’ana Stella, Austin Tinna, Tristi Townsend, Logan Walden, Luke Watrous, Polly Watrous, Asya Williams, and Samarie Wilson. The production is being directed by Kristen Donelle Livengood, with choreography by Mary Katherine Smith-Gall and music direction by Andrea Bailey.

Parkway Playhouse Jr. is the performing arts program established by Parkway Playhouse for students with an interest in the performing arts. Students in this program range from as young as 4 all the way up through 18. Parkway Playhouse Jr offers production classes, summer performing arts camps, and for the past three years students from Parkway Playhouse Jr have performed and earned national acclaim from the National Junior Theatre Festival, which is held in Atlanta, Georgia each January.

For more information about Parkway Playhouse’s performances, auditions, or education programs please call 828-682-4285 or visit

About Lea McLellan
Lea McLellan is a freelance writer who likes to write stories about music, art, food, wellness and interesting locals doing interesting things.

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