Family Holiday Classic: Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka

dec 2 - dec 18, 2016
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
Performance Times:
7:00 PM Fridays; 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays
School Matinees:
9:30 AM, Dec. 12-13, 2016
Theatre:
Mainstage

Join Charlie Bucket and four other Golden Ticket winners as they set off on a delicious adventure through Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory with Mr. Wonka himself! With excitement around every turn, Charlie learns the importance of sincerity, kindness and “pure imagination!”

The musical combines elements of both Roald Dahl’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the 1971 Gene Wilder movie, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, with newly created material. All of your favorite characters are on the tour: hungry Augustus Gloop, snooty Daddy’s girl Veruca Salt, gum chewer Violet Beauregarde, and TV-loving Mike Teavee. And who could forget the Oompa Loompas!


audiodescriptionsymbol The performance at 5:00 PM on Sunday, Dec. 18, will have live audio description, provided by IRIS. Please contact our ticket office at 515-277-6261 if you would like to use this free service.

Orchestra Sponsored by Ramsey Automotive

Sponsored by:

Willy Wonka
Brad Church
Candy Man
Lonnie Appleby
Phineous Trout
Jason Rainwater
Charlie Bucket
Ellie Miglin
Mrs. Bucket
Natalie Jo Lourens
Mr. Bucket
Kyle Bochart
Grandpa Josephine
Darlene Pullen
Grandma Georgina
Sue Gibbons
Grampa George
Mark Pullen
Grandpa Joe
Darren Grote
James
Sam Wilson
Matilda
Eliza Tutty
Augustus Gloop
Carson Doss
Mrs. Gloop
Melody DeRogatis
Veruca Salt
Natalie Grote
Mr. Salt
Brian Bopp
Mike Teavee
Kyle Kloppe
Ms. Teavee
Lyndsy Darland
Violet Beauregarde
Anastasia Deace
Mrs. Beauregarde
Katie Dorrell
Ensemble
Asher Ekhardt
Ensemble
Jack Gabby
Ensemble
Noah Hackbart
Ensemble
Campbell Helton
Ensemble
Will Johnson
Ensemble
Margo Keller
Ensemble
Taylor Lantz
Ensemble
Torien Reynolds
Ensemble
Julianne Ungs
Ensemble
Lawrence Walker

Des Moines Community Playhouse Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kill Date: Dec. 18, 2016
Subject: Des Moines Community Playhouse Presents “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka”  
Contact: Lee Ann Bakros, Playhouse Public Relations Director, 515-974-5358

The Des Moines Community Playhouse presents the musical, “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” Dec. 2-18, 2016. Tickets may be purchased online at dmplayhouse.com, by phone at 515-277-6261, or at the Playhouse ticket office, 831 42nd St. “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka” is sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, with the orchestra sponsored by Ramsey Automotive. Flying Effects are provided by D2 Flying Effects.

Join Charlie Bucket (Ellie Miglin) and four other Golden Ticket winners as they set off on a delicious adventure through Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory with Mr. Wonka (Brad Church) himself! With excitement around every turn, Charlie learns the importance of sincerity, kindness and “pure imagination!”

The musical adds newly created material to elements of both Roald Dahl’s book, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and the 1971 Gene Wilder movie, “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” All of your favorite characters are on the tour: hungry Augustus Gloop (Carson Doss), snooty Daddy’s girl Veruca Salt (Natalie Grote), gum chewer Violet Beauregarde (Anastasia Deace), and TV-loving Mike Teavee (Kyle Kloppe). And who could forget the Oompa Loompas?

The Playhouse cast is directed and choreographed by Alison Shafer with music direction by Brenton Brown. The cast includes Lonnie C. Appleby, Kyle M. Bochart, Brian Bopp, Lyndsy Darland, Melody DeRogatis, Katie Dorrell, Asher Ekhardt, Jack Gabby, Sue Gibbons, Darren Grote, Noah Hackbart, Campbell Helton, Will C. Johnson, Margo Keller, Taylor Lantz, Natalie Jo Lourens, Darlene Pullen, Mark Pullen, Jason Rainwater, Torien Reynolds, Eliza Tutty, Julianne Ungs, Lawrence Walker, and Sam Wilson.

Audiences are encouraged to come 20 minutes prior to show time to hear local musicians share holiday music in the lobby. Among those performing are Pella High School Madrigal Singers, Roosevelt High School Vocal Music, Fermata the Blue, The Christmas Belles Handbell Quartet, Shepherd of the Valley Church West Des Moines Adult Choir, Plymouth Church Chancel Choir, East High School Advanced Handbell Choir, and GottaZING! 

The Playhouse is one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the US. Located at the 42nd Street exit of I-235, the theatre has presented a full season of shows since 1919 and also offers a wide variety of educational experiences including classes for ages 4 to adult, theatre trips to New York, and volunteer opportunities onstage and backstage.

For more information about the Playhouse and “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” contact the Playhouse ticket office at 515-277-6261.

“Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka” Performances: Dec. 2-18, 2016
7:00 PM Friday
1:00 PM & 5:00 PM Saturday-Sunday

“Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka” Tickets
Ticket prices start at $25
To purchase tickets:
dmplayhouse.com
515-277-6261
Des Moines Community Playhouse Ticket Office, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312

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Brad Church is Willy Wonka in “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” Dec. 2-18, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Brad Church is Willy Wonka in “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” Dec. 2-18, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Willy Wonka (Brad Church, center) with Golden Ticket holders (clockwise from lower left) Charlie Bucket (Ellie Miglin), Violet Beauregarde (Anastasia Deace), Mike Teavee (Kyle Kloppe), Augustus Gloop (Carson Doss), and Veruca Salt (Natalie Grote) in “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” Dec. 2-18, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Willy Wonka (Brad Church, center) with Golden Ticket holders (clockwise from lower left) Charlie Bucket (Ellie Miglin), Violet Beauregarde (Anastasia Deace), Mike Teavee (Kyle Kloppe), Augustus Gloop (Carson Doss), and Veruca Salt (Natalie Grote) in “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” Dec. 2-18, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Golden Ticket holders (left to right) Charlie Bucket (Ellie Miglin), Violet Beauregarde (Anastasia Deace), August Gloop (Carson Doss), Veruca Salt (Natalie Grote), and Mike Teavee (Kyle Kloppe) in “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” Dec. 2-18, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Willy Wonka (Brad Church, center) with Golden Ticket holders (clockwise from lower left) Charlie Bucket (Ellie Miglin), Violet Beauregarde (Anastasia Deace), Mike Teavee (Kyle Kloppe), Augustus Gloop (Carson Doss), and Veruca Salt (Natalie Grote) in “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” Dec. 2-18, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Golden Ticket holders (front row, left to right) Charlie Bucket (Ellie Miglin), Mike Teave (Kyle Kloppe), (back row, left to right) Violet Beauregarde (Anastasia Deace), Augustus Gloop (Carson Doss), and Veruca Salt (Natalie Grote) meet Willy Wonka (Brad Church) in “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” Dec. 2-18, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Brad Church is Willy Wonka in “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” Dec. 2-18, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Ellie Miglin is Charlie Bucket in “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” Dec. 2-18, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Carson Doss is Augustus Gloop in “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” Dec. 2-18, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Anastasia Deace is Violet Beauregarde in “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” Dec. 2-18, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Kyle Kloppe is Mike Teavee in “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” Dec. 2-18, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Grandpa Joe (Darren Grote) and Charlie Bucket (Ellie Miglin) meet Willy Wonka (Brad Church) in “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” Dec. 2-18, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Willy Wonka (Brad Church, center) with Golden Ticket holders (clockwise from lower left) Charlie Bucket (Ellie Miglin), Violet Beauregarde (Anastasia Deace), Mike Teavee (Kyle Kloppe), Augustus Gloop (Carson Doss), and Veruca Salt (Natalie Grote) in “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” Dec. 2-18, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Brad Church is Willy Wonka in “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” Dec. 2-18, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Willy Wonka (Brad Church, center) with Golden Ticket holders (clockwise from lower left) Charlie Bucket (Ellie Miglin), Violet Beauregarde (Anastasia Deace), Mike Teavee (Kyle Kloppe), Augustus Gloop (Carson Doss), and Veruca Salt (Natalie Grote) in “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” Dec. 2-18, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Willy Wonka (Brad Church, center) with Golden Ticket holders (clockwise from lower left) Charlie Bucket (Ellie Miglin), Violet Beauregarde (Anastasia Deace), Mike Teavee (Kyle Kloppe), Augustus Gloop (Carson Doss), and Veruca Salt (Natalie Grote) in “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” Dec. 2-18, 2016, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.