One Word: Scrumdidilyumptious!

It’s a child’s ultimate dream come true. Finding the hidden ticket and winning a tour of thee best and most delicious of factory’s. Do you know which factory we’re talking about? Why, Willy Wonka’s choocolate factory, of course!


Meet Willy Wonka. He has hidden five golden tickets in his famous Wonka chocolate bars and whoever finds these golden tickets will get a chance to visit the famous Willy Wonka factory. He’s a strange and unconventional owner of the biggest and greatest chocolate factory in the world. The chase for golden tickets begins all over the world and five kids emerge victorious. Among them is a boy named Charlie Bucket. Charlie is a virtuous and honest boy, but he comes from a poor and hardworking family. When Charlie finds the final golden ticket, Grandpa Joe is ecstatic and decides to accompany him to the fine establishment. It should be known that Grandpa Joe hasn’t gotten out of bed in decades! As every spoiled and greedy child gives into delicious temptation, Charlie and Grandpa Joe are swept away by this adventure that includes nut picking squirrels, Oompa- Loompas from OompaLand, and of course, the very eccentric Willy Wonka.


“When that familiar lilting melody begins, audiences come alive as at no other point in the show.” – The New York Times

“Dahl’s book is a morality play in which vice is punished and virtue gets its edible reward.” – The Guardian

“The character of Willy Wonka has remained a cultural icon” –



The character of Willy Wonka comes to life first in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory written in 1964 by Roald Dahl. It was adapted into a motion picture film first in 1971 with Gene Wilder, nominated in 1972 for an Academy Award for Best Original Score and a Golden Globe Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy. Then in 2005, it was remade starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. The book has a sequel entitled Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator that was published in 1972. The third book was never finished.


In 2004, the musical combining elements from the 1964 book and the 1971 movie premiered in the United States entitled Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka with lyrics and music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, adapted for the stage by Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald.

The playwright’s goal was “to create a live theatrical musical event that satisfied your expectations of the book and the film, but hopefully gave you another experience also.” The music in the play was a combination of the 1971 film soundtrack and new songs composed by Bricusse.


Roald Dahl was inspired by his childhood experience of chocolate companies, Cadbury and Rowntree, which were the two leading candy companies in England. These two syndicates used to send schools new products for students to try and then they’d better their product from the feedback they received. As they were fierce competitors, they were really secretive and protected their chocolate recipes so that no competitor would ever get their hands on it. The rivalry between these two companies gave birth to Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory.



In the first book, it was discovered that there were retractions and unpublished chapters that revealed there were a lot more than just 5 golden tickets that were to be won… supposedly hundreds more!




What: Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Jr
Where: Marshall School’s Fregeau Auditorium (1215 Rice Lake Road)
When: January 22 – 25, 2015 (Thurs-Fri @ 7pm | Saturday @ 1pm and 4pm | Sunday @ 2pm)
Tickets: Online at, by calling 218.733.7555, or stop by the Duluth Playhouse in-person during regular business hours (Mon-Fri, 9am – 5pm)


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