CWCT to put on production of 'Willy Wonka'

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- The Central Wisconsin Children's Theatre is putting on a production this weekend of 'Willy Wonka.'

"I chose Willy Wonka for several reasons," explained director of Willy Wonka, Cindi Strobel. "One-it is a wonderful show with lots of roles (which gets more kids involved) and very fun music. Two-The last few CWCT shows have been rather teen-oriented and Wonka has a lot of "kid" roles, and there are so many talented kids in Central Wisconsin and I wanted to give them a chance to shine, and three-I love the story, it captures the magic and wonder of childhood."

This production has 78 kids, so it's a huge cast, and the ages range from 6 years to 17 years of age.

"The performances are Feb.15 at 7 p.m. and Feb.16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the James Veninga Theater at the UW-Stevens Point Wausau Campus (the former UW-MC). Tickets are $12 for kids/seniors and $15 for adults," explained Strobel.

Strobel also mentioned that the stage version is very different from the movies as it's very fun, cheerful, and bright. There is a little creepy edge in both movies that will not be there on the stage at all.

"I love the way this show gives so many kids an opportunity to be on the stage and perform in a role that suits them," Strobel said. "From the little 6 year-olds dressed as cupcakes who dance around in one of the songs, to the adorable Oompa Loompas, to the teens who have larger roles and solos, everyone has a spot where they can shine."