Delray Beach Playhouse students will transport Delray to “a world of pure imagination” with their production of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR., a musical based on Roald Dahl’s timeless children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, on July 7th at 4:00pm and 7:00pm and July 8th at 1:00pm and 4:00pm. The musical is part of the MTI Broadway Junior Collection, MTI’s special collection of musicals for younger performers which includes “JR.” titles, 60-minute musicals for performance by middle school children; and “KIDS” titles, 30-minute musicals for performance by elementary school children. To celebrate the imaginations of all the students involved in the production, Delray Beach Playhouse will receive its own certificate signed by the show’s creators Timothy A. McDonald, and Leslie Bricusse (Bricusse also wrote the 1971 film score with Anthony Newley, and created new songs for the production.) The certificate commends the cast on their successful production of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. It lasts longer than a Wonka Bar!
“I’ll always be thankful to my third grade teacher, Mrs. Spencer, who introduced me to the joys of reading by giving me a Roald Dahl book,” says McDonald. “These students are playing a similar role by showing their peers how wonderful reading and theatre can be through their production. I applaud them,” he adds. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for kids 18 and younger. To purchase advance tickets or for more information, call 561-272-1281 Ext. 4. All proceeds benefit the Delray Beach Playhouse Children’s Theatre located at NW 9th Street in Delray Beach.