OVST Willy Wonka
Little Miss Charlie Bucket sings about her good fortune in Ohio Valley Summer Theater’s “Willy Wonka” (OVST/Pam DeCamp Photography)

OVST’s “Willy Wonka” to Wrap Up this Weekend

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The Ohio Valley Summer Theater (OVST) will host the final performances of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka this weekend.

The play is directed by Ohio University School of Theater Visiting Assistant Professor Rebecca VerNooy.

Ohio Valley Summer Theater’s 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.

Proceeds will continue to support the mission of OVST’s educational and collaborative academic and community programs.

“We are thankful for the support our community gives to OVST,” said OVST Managing Director Marlo Tinkham.

Reserved seats are available by calling 740-517-0503, visiting the Forum Theater box office downstairs in the Radio Television Building or via online ticketing at 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. Corporate, business and individuals interested in sponsoring the production can contact OVST at

The Ohio Valley Summer Theater is a non-profit organization celebrating its 62nd season. OVST is a collaboration between the Southeastern Ohio community and Ohio University. Its mission is to provide sustainable, educational, and independent community theater and to deliver high quality and diverse theatrical experiences appreciated by a widening volunteer base and a growing regional audience.