USF and Fort Wayne Youtheatre staging “Willy Wonka”

Feb. 20, 2014 FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The School of Creative Arts at the University of Saint Francis and the Fort Wayne Youtheatre will collaborate on a production of the classic children’s story, “Willy Wonka,” at the USF Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne, in March. Brad Beauchamp and Leslie Hormann will direct.

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

In the story, recluse candy maker Willy Wonka declares that five lucky children will be given a tour of his private factory to see all of his candy-making secrets if they can find a golden ticket in a Wonka candy bar. Further, one lucky child will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate.

Viewers will follow the story of Charlie Bucket and four other children who found golden tickets as they tour Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and discover the magical world of Oompa-loompas, Wonkavision and Everlasting Gobstobbers.

DeBrand Fine Chocolates will sweeten the deal with a complimentary “Wonka Bar” and card for a free tour of its Auburn Road facility in Fort Wayne for each child attending the play. Kids can also sign up for a drawing for one of six golden tickets entitling the bearer to a 10-piece DeBrand tasting bar collection. One winner will be chosen from the six golden ticket bearers to receive the grand prize of a DeBrand chocolate party for him or her and up to 15 guests. Revelers will enjoy chocolate pieces, desserts and drinks in the DeBrand private party room.

“This show is a great opportunity to introduce children to live theater. It is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth with lively songs and a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination,” said co-director Brad Beauchamp.

Performances are Fridays through Sundays, March 21-23 and 28-30. Show times are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets are available through ArtsTix Community Box Office at (260) 422-4226 or online anytime at Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 or older and children 10 and under. Group rates of $10 per person are available to groups of 20 or more.

The production is made possible in part by DeBrand Fine Chocolates, the Marilyn and William Wunderlin Foundation, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, the Indiana Arts Commission, Foellinger Foundation, Lincoln Financial Group and the Journal Gazette.

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 W. 54th St., New York, NY 10019.

  The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.

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