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SCP’s Willy Wonka is a family show in more ways than one

Willy Wonka, the staged musical version of Roald Dahl’s beloved tale, will be performed by a cast that contains multiple family units enjoying time together on stage. “We were so pleased when entire families came out to bid for roles in Seneca Community Player’s first Auction Theatre type production.” says Romulus resident Deb Bly the show’s director. The story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Tim McDonald, follows young Charlie Bucket and Grandpa Joe as they join a small group of golden ticket winners for a tour of the magical and mysterious chocolate factory of eccentric candy maker Willy Wonka. Wonka has a hidden motivation behind the tour, and makes an important decision concerning the factory’s future as the children show their true colors to him during their visit. Filled with familiar dialogue and music & lyrics by Bricusse and Anthony Newley, Willy Wonka is great fun for the whole family!The show’s music direction is supplied by Fayette resident Deanne Balcer assisted by rehearsal pianist MaryAnn Saylor from Seneca Falls. Also from Seneca Falls is Susie Cornett the Choreographer, and Becky Bly the set designer and master carpenter. Willy Wonka’s Producers are Kathy Hadley of Geneva and Robert McDowell of Romulus.Following an SCP promotion visit to Seneca Falls from Peter Ostrum who played the original Charlie Bucket in the 1971 movie, a unique casting auction was held which resulted in a cast including both area residents and adults & children from across the Finger Lakes region. Acting families with more than one member appearing on stage include Steve Mitchell from Geneva, who portrays Augustus Gloop, appearing alongside his three daughters, Alexa, Jazmyne, and Airi who all portray cooks in the show. Mrs. Gloop (Augustus’ mom) is played by Mildred Phillips-Espana of Penn Yann and her real life son, Juan Espana portrays Mike Teavee. Eric Johnson from Seneca Falls, who plays Charlie Bucket’s Grandpa George, will be accompanied on stage by his daughter Camille, who plays a town’s person and a cook. Charlie’s Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine are played by Seneca Falls’s husband and wife, Stephen and Karen Beals. Geneva resident Michelle Fancett plays Grandma Georgina, while her real-life husband, Lorne plays Mr. Beureguard, Violet’s dad. Fayette resident LaurieAnne Hilton and her son Zac both portray town’s people, as do sisters Madison and Brittany Barrows from Seneca Falls. Another set of sisters, Anna and Rachel Olsowske of Waterloo are members of the Oompa-Loompa team, and Seneca Falls resident Tim Hoster and daughter, Emily play Mr. Salt (Veruca’s dad) and a squirrel, respectively.Additional cast members include Jared Pratt of Ovid as Willy Wonka, Amy Babiarz of Geneva is Charlie Bucket, Geneva resident Kathy Hadley is Mrs. Bucket, and Michael Hawker of Cayuga is Mr. Bucket. Dan Papperman of Geneva plays the Candy Man, Seneca Falls resident Charlie Manaseri is Phineous Trout, Bobby-Jo Bly-Owens of Seneca Falls portrays Violet Beauregarde, Maria Coleman of Auburn is Veruca Salt, and Kathy Kirkland of Cayuga is Ms. Teavee (Mike Teavee’s mom.) Waterloo Resident McKenzie O’Donnell, Seneca Falls residents Natasha Kolsin and Mya Wurster are playing squirrels, and Seneca Falls residents Delaney Wilson, Ryan Herman, Julia Thomas and Eden Prayne are all playing Oompa-Loompas.SCP’s production of Willy Wonka will take place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 14, 15, and 16 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, July 17 at 2:00 pm in the Delavan Theater on the campus of New York Chiropractic College on Route 89 in Seneca Falls. Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $12 for seniors and children aged 10 and under. They are available at WomanMade Products, 91 Fall Street in Seneca Falls, at Area Records, 74 Castle Street in Geneva, or online at senecacommunityplayers.org. For group sales please go to info@senecacommunityplayers.org .

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