Willy Wonka comes to Dundee

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Christopher Knapp, Brian Camacho and Cameron Howell appear in the Dundee Musical Theater Club's production of Willy Wonka this weekend.

Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Starring Christopher Knapp as Willy Wonka, Brian Camacho as Charlie, and Cameron Howell as Grandpa Joe, the show draws its cast from all age groups, including special guest star, Dundee science teacher Randy Knapp singing the hit song from the show, “The Candy Man.”

Directed by Scott Shepardson, Willy Wonka features a memorable score by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. The story follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars.

Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy.

Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory — or suffer the consequences.

The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1 in the Dundee Central School Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.