An Evening Of Pure Imagination: OVST Presents "Willy Wonka"

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Updated Thu, Jun 20, 2013 8:14 am
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Sun, Jun 16, 2013

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Charlie Bucket (Ivy Idzakovich) hopes to receive a golden ticket in OVST's production of "Willy Wonka"
Marlo Tinkham talks with the directors and cast of OVST's "Willy Wonka"

On this edition of Conversations from Studio B, Marlo Tinkham talks with cast members and the stage and musical directors of Ohio Valley Summer Theater's (OVST) production of Willy Wonka, being presented June 20 through July 7 in Ohio University's Forum Theater. 

The theatrical version is a combination of both Roald Dahl's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and of the 1971 movie, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, with newly created material.

The well-known tale is of a famous chocolatier who stages a golden ticket contest that brings five intriguing children into his mysterious factory with surprising results.   

In this heralded story, four of the five children who win the contest are intolerable brats. The fifth is an agreeable young girl named Charlie Bucket who brings her loveable grandfather on the tour.

The children win a free tour of the factory and a lifetime supply of candy. But they must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules—or learn to suffer the consequences. 

Ohio Valley Summer Theater’s production uses a score by Leslie Bricusse (Jekyll & Hyde and Doctor Dolittle) and Timothy McDonald that combines elements of the book and 1971 film. 

"The music's so great; it's such a fun morality story. Who doesn't love Willy Wonka?" said Director Rebecca VerNooy, a professor of movement in Ohio University’s School of Theater. 

VerNooy says she enjoys the challenge of dealing with a multi-generational cast from varied backgrounds. 

"The great thing about OVST is how it integrates the community with the university students and faculty. It’s challenging and fun to find common ground with the diversity of experiences. The through-line there, the common ground, is theater and creativity," she said.

Reserved seats are available by calling 740-517-0503, visiting the Kantner Hall box office Saturdays from 12-2 p.m., Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. and Thursdays, 12-2 p.m. or via online ticketing at www.willywonkaovst.bpt.me 

Tickets will be also be available an hour prior to each show in the Forum Theater lobby. Children under 12 and seniors are $13.50; adults are $16.50.

Last year’s popular donation-only Community Night is scheduled for Thursday, June 27 and the Community Awards Night will be held on Friday, July 5 prior to curtain. 

Proceeds will continue to support the mission of OVST’s educational and collaborative academic and community programs. Corporate, business and individuals interested in sponsoring the production can contact OVST at tinkhamm@ohio.edu.

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