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RVP will present 'Willy Wonka Jr.' July 19-21

Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 2:20 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 5, 2013 4:45 p.m. CDT
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Ooompa Loompa’s for the upcoming production of "Willy Wonka Jr." are (front row, from left) Elizabeth Knuckey, Robert Gaspardo, Abbie Stanbury, Jacky Knisley and Taylor Frawley; (second row) Kryra Weir, Tayla Eaves, Trace Mooi, Harper Schrock, Preston Rowe, Kaitlyn Anderson and Erika Dixon; and (back row) Mikayla Frawley, Emilie Buser, Haley Schofner, Bella Gaspardo and Olivia Bergfeld.

HENRY — “Oompa Loompa Doompety Do” sing the Ooompa Loompas as they prepare for River Valley Players Youth Theatre production of Willy Wonka (Junior Version) to be presented July 19, 20 and 21 at St Mary's Community Center in Henry.

Tickets are now available for “Willy Wonka Jr.”, a fully staged production of Ronald Dahl’s classic story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The production features the talents of children ages 5-15 as part of River Valley Players Theatre Camp, sponsored in part through a grant from the Sun Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council.

This musical adaptation tells of the famous candy man “Willy Wonka” whose quest is to find an heir for his Chocolate Factory, features some delightfully fun songs, including “Candy Man.” “Pure Imagination,” “I want It Now” and the “Ooompa Loompa Song” sung by the Ooompa Loompas, (the factory workers). The lyrics try to teach a lesson to each of the five visitors of the chocolate factory. Each of them arrives with a “Golden Ticket” to tour the factory and learn of its magic. The song offers “lessons” on greed, good manners, happiness and honesty.

Ooompa, Loompa, doom pa dee dah

If you are not greedy you will go far

You will live in happiness to”

Like the Oompa-Loooma, Doom pa dee do”

Tickets for "Willy Wonka Jr." are $10 each. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m. and the the Sunday matinee is at 1 p.m. Refreshments can be purchased at Willy Wonka’s Sweet Shop, offering a variety of confectionary delights.

For tickets, contact Judy at 309-364-3403 or email rivervalleyplayers@yahoo.com.

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