"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ to be performed in Dillon this week
DILLON – Oompa Loompa doompadee do, you might get a golden ticket too.”Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” long has been a favorite story with children – and adults, too. The only thing that might make the fantasy more enticing is one’s own chance at a golden ticket – something offered at the Young People’s Theatre Workshop’s performances this week.The theater workshop is an annual summer program, offered by the Lake Dillon Theatre and the Lake Dillon Foundation for the Performing Arts and sponsored by the Colorado Council for the Arts and the Summit Foundation. It introduces children to the theater to increase appreciation of the arts in the lives of young people, said workshop director Amanda Curry.Each summer, the young actors take theater classes, rehearse (and rehearse and rehearse) and finally perform in front of an audience.This year, they are taking their rendition of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” to the open-air stage at Lake Dillon Amphitheatre. Kids ages 4 to 12 perform in this classic story of the evils of greed and the pursuit of dreams.Curry said the performances often attract 300 to 400 people. To many people, that can be intimidating. But for these children, “it really opens you up to any possibilities – in theater and in life,” she said.There are possibilities for the children in the audience too. Curry said there will be a Willy Wonka chocolate stand at each performance, selling 50 chocolate bars. One of those 50 will contain a golden ticket. It might not buy you your very own chocolate factory, but it will get winners their very own “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” T-shirt.—When & Where- Where: Lake Dillon Amphitheatre- When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8; 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9; 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10; 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11- Cost: Admission is free.
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