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Willy Wonka Jr takes center stage at CNY Arts Center

FULTON, NY – After more than six weeks of rehearsals, the cast of Willy Wonka, Jr prepares for the musical opening March 14 at CNY Arts Center located in State Methodist Church, 357 State St.

Rueby Holsopple as Charlie and Griffin Marriner as Grandpa Joe rehearse a number from Willy Wonka Jr. running March 14-23 at CNY Arts Center.
Rueby Holsopple as Charlie and Griffin Marriner as Grandpa Joe rehearse a number from Willy Wonka Jr. running March 14-23 at CNY Arts Center.

The production featuring more than 30 local children will run for two weekends March 14, 15 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and March 16, 22 and 23 at 3 p.m.

The production is led by theatre professionals under the direction of Amy Price, with Adam Schmidtmann as assistant director, Gina Holsopple music director, Nellica Rave costume designer and John Gamble technical director.

“We’ve assembled the most exciting team of professionals for this production,” said Nancy Fox, executive director. “And audiences will see a spectacular show onstage in every aspect, all in support of these very young performers with limited stage experience.”

“Countless parent volunteers are also helping with everything from lumber and labor to painting and props, to press photography and corporate contributions and will even assist with ‘kid wrangling’ during the performance run ensuring every child has a positive experience. There is no other way to have a production of this size without the generous help of parent volunteers,” she continued.

CNY Arts Center recently received a $250 contribution from Constellation Energy Nuclear Group for its upcoming production of Willy Wonka, Jr. The children of CENG employees, Dave Huff’s daughter Ramonda, , Matthew, son of Jim Oldenburg and Sophie, daughter of Al Neveu gathered for a photo to announce the donation. Matthew Oldenburg plays the title role of the Candy Man Willy Wonka with Sophie as a Candy Man Kid and Ramonda as an Oompa Loompa.
CNY Arts Center recently received a $250 contribution from Constellation Energy Nuclear Group for its upcoming production of Willy Wonka, Jr. The children of CENG employees, Dave Huff’s daughter Ramonda, Matthew, son of Jim Oldenburg and Sophie, daughter of Al Neveu gathered for a photo to announce the donation. Matthew Oldenburg plays the title role of the Candy Man Willy Wonka with Sophie as a Candy Man Kid and Ramonda as an Oompa Loompa.

The junior musical, based on Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, the leading producer of children’s versions of popular musicals.

In this junior version words and music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, with stage adaptation by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy A. McDonald, present the same performance material in dialogue and music but accommodates immature voices with appropriate vocal ranges, adapted choreography and overall shorter in length.

Ticket sales are already brisk and reservations are encouraged at www.CNYArtsCenter.com

Tickets can also be purchased from any Willy Wonka parent or at Arts in the Heart Gallery at 47 S. First St., or at the Arts Center, 357 State St. (through the Park Street entrance) or call 592-3373 for reservations.