Roald Dahlís timeless story ìCharlie and The Chocolate Factoryî will come to life through the Willy Wonka musical, presented by the Kentwood Players theater group on three Saturdays, beginning April 4th through 18th at the Westchester Playhouse.

Performances are scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4th, and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, April 11th and 18th at the Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester.

Dahlís story about the world-famous candy man Willy Wonka and his quest to find an heir will be told through this ìtheater for young audiencesî musical. The theater production is directed and produced by Drew Fitzsimmons and Meredith M. Sweeney who promise ìlots of fun-filled entertainment for all family members.î

The stage adaptation is by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy A. McDonald, with words and music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.

All of the classic characters and songs, including ìThe Candy Manî and ìPure Imaginationî are featured in the show, as well as Oompa Loompas.

Featured in the cast are Emil Beaird, Jordan Bland, Crystal Boyer, Deldrick Brown, Jim Crawford, Elizabeth Cruz, Melissa Cruz, Samantha Cruz, Hal Fisher, Drew Fitzsimmons, Ezekiel Frederick, Logan Gould, Alison Howard, Jonathan Kielbasinski, Steven Lerner and Brittany Lundquist.

Other cast members are Victor Mashevsky, Matthew McDaniel, Francesca Palermo, Grace Rector, Robyn Rothstein, Charlotte Lee Schildkret, Alan Trapenard, Natalie Turquand, Camilla Vietina, Rocio Vietina, Caitlin Welsh, and Francesca Farina as ìCharlie Bucket.î

Many in the cast are from the ongoing Kentwood Kids Childrenís Theatre Classes offered by Kentwood Players and taught by Fitzsimmons, Bland, and Trenekia Danielle on Monday afternoons from 4-6 PM.

All audience members are invited to meet the cast and enjoy refreshments in the theater lobby after the performance. Parents are welcome to bring a camera for photo opportunities during the after-performance reception only.

Tickets are $10, with a special family four-pack of seats for $35. Reservations, (310) 645-5156, from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.kentwoodplayers.org/.

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