This summer, the 2012 workshop Theater Project Jr. will offer its annual production to the general public. WILLY WONKA JR., a kid-friendly adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, will be presented at the Jardine Academy, 61 Myrtle Street in Cranford. Three performances, on August 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. and 19 at 2 p.m., have been scheduled. Tickets are available at $12 apiece, and children under 5 will be admitted free.
WILLY WONKA JR. is a stage adaptation of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. It tells the story of a world-famous confectioner and his quest to find an heir. Dahl’s book was adapted by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald, with a musical score written by Bricusse and his STOP THE WORLD collaborator, Anthony Newley. Among the many infectious tunes is “The Candy Man,” a song that became a huge hit record for another junior, Sammy Davis.
This delightful fantasy has been popular for generations. Gene Wilder starred in a 1971 film version, WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, remade with Johnny Depp in 2005.
WILLY WONKA JR. is the sixth production for this educational program, which began in 2007 with a lively version of OLIVER! Children from 8 to 18 participate in a nine week workshop, culminating in a musical performance. Previous shows have included GREASE and THE WIZARD OF OZ.
Please call 973-763-4029 for further information.