Thalian presents Wilmington premiere of 'Willy Wonka'

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter

Thalian Association is presenting the Wilmington premiere of the Roald Dahl musical, “Willy Wonka,” starting Thursday, Dec. 12, and continuing for the next two weekends through Dec. 22.

The show site is the main stage of historic Thalian Hall at 310 Chestnut St. in downtown Wilmington.

Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $15 on “thrifty Thursdays” and $30 subsequent days. Senior, student and group discounts are available.

The story, based on Dahl’s classic book, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” focuses on a famous Candy Man and a poor boy who change each other’s lives in a high-flying musical adaptation.

In his quest to find an heir, the enigmatic Willy Wonka stages a contest. The children who win get to tour the factory and, unbeknownst to them, one will inherit it. Lessons of loyalty, honesty, humility and the strength of family are swept up in a wonderful score featuring songs from the beloved film such as “The Candy Man” and “Pure Imagination.”

The production, directed by Mike Thompson with choreography by Kendra Goehring-Garrett and music direction by Jennifer Sugerik, stars Nick Basta as Willy Wonka, Quinn Gonzalez as Charlie Bucket.

For tickets, call (910) 632-2285 or go to www.thalian.org.