Willimantic - Students from EASTCONN’s Capitol Theater Arts Academy (CTAA) Summer Musical Theater Program will present the family-friendly musical, Willy Wonka, on Fri. and Sat., Aug. 12 and 13, 2016, at 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sat., Aug. 13, on the main stage at EASTCONN’s Capitol Theater, 896 Main St., Willimantic.
The Willy Wonka cast includes 30 talented young performers in grades 4-12 from towns across the region. The production is the culmination of a five-week, full-day theater program in which students learn to act, sing, dance, create costumes and build sets, while making new friends. CTAA’s production of Willy Wonka is directed by CTAA’s Kayne Bowling, with musical direction by Kasia Popovic and choreography by Megan Flynn.
Based on Roald Dahl’s popular children’s book, the original movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, was released in 1971, and starred Gene Wilder. Among the musical’s well-known songs are “The Candy Man,” “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” and “Cheer Up Charlie.”
CTAA performance tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at ae.registereastconn.org/performance-tickets.html. Walk-up ticket sales at the Capitol Theater Box Office start one hour before each performance and are available until sold out. Free parking is available on Main Street and on Walnut Street, adjacent to the theater.
In celebration of CTAA’s Willy Wonka performance, the Willimantic business, A Cupcake for Later, has created a special “Golden Ticket Supreme” cupcake, which was named by the CTAA students. The cupcake has lemon cake with strawberry filling and purple vanilla frosting with rainbow sprinkles. A Cupcake for Later will donate 10 percent of the sale of each cupcake to CTAA; in turn, CTAA will donate its 10 percent to the no-freeze shelter, the local animal shelter and the Covenant soup kitchen.
CTAA is EASTCONN’s regional community arts outreach program for ages 3 and up. CTAA offers year-round community classes in dance, music, theater, creative writing, cartooning and more. All CTAA programs and classes take place at EASTCONN’s Capitol Theater. Learn more at www.eastconn.org/ctaa.
Watch for CTAA’s new fall catalog, which will be released soon. To learn more about CTAA programming, call CTAA Coordinator Dara Bowling at 860-576-5207.
EASTCONN, which administers CTAA, is a public, non-profit, Regional Educational Service Center that has been serving the education needs of northeastern Connecticut’s schools and communities since 1980.