Hartselle's College Street Players to present Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Hartselle and surrounding residents will have a chance to score their very own “golden ticket” to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory this weekend. The College Street Players will present Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, MTI Theatre for Young Audiences Version, Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Hartselle Fine Arts Center.
The production is directed by Dena Nagel, with choreography directed by Jenny Faulk and music directed by Wanda Thompson. The show has a cast of 86 and more than 100 in the stage and production crew.
The plot starts as Willy Wonka, known for being secluded in his candy factory, announces he has hidden five golden tickets inside Wonka Chocolate Bars and whoever finds them will get to tour his factory. A nice poor boy, Charlie Bucket, and four naughty children find the golden tickets and get to see Wonka’s magical factory full of chocolate waterfalls, candy flowers and trees, Fizzy Lifting Drinks, and the bizarre singing Oompa-Loompas who work the factory.
Dalton Nagel, 23, of Hartselle, plays Willy Wonka in the College Street Players performance.
“He’s really quirky. He’s kind of fun,” Nagel said of Willy. “He’s also the narrator in this script. So he seems omniscient.”
The sets worked on and designed by Andy Faulk, Tim Wallace, Deanne Maxson, Sarah Bragwell and Amy Keel, are elaborate and colorful. Costumes were designed by Cindy Davidson.
The audience is in for a spectacular sight with the elaborate sets and costumes, Mary Elizabeth Adams said. Adams, 11, plays one of the naughty children, Veruca Salt.
“I like the chocolate smelting room. I think they’re really going to like the scene. They’re going to be really funny,” she said.
Spencer Bell, 10, in his debut theatre production, is also playing a naughty child, Mike Teavee, a little boy who watches television all day.
“My favorite part about it is, you know, singing songs,” Bell said.
His favorite song is “I’ve got a golden ticket” and the finale, he said.
The production will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, with a matinee show at noon on Saturday, Feb. 23, and night shows at 2 and 7 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Hartselle Fine Arts Center or Hartselle Chamber of Commerce. Tickets will also be available at the door. General admission is $10, students and seniors 60 and older are $8, the Saturday matinee show is $6, and children 3 years old and under are free.
Main cast characters are Dalton Nagel as Willy Wonka, Sean Thompson as Charlie Bucket, Richie Nagel as Mr. Bucket, Krista Blaxton as Mrs. Bucket, Shane Sieweke as Grandpa Joe, Devin Hale as Grandma Josephine, Hunter Grantland as Grandpa George, Jordan Young as Grandma Georgina, Hailey Beard as reporter Phoebe Trout, and Abbie Clemons as Wonka’s Assistant.
The naughty children and parents are played by Emma Bennich as Augustina Gloop, Sonya McKelvy as Mrs. Gloop, Bailee Isbell as Violet Beauregarde, Leigh Swindell as Mrs. Beauregarde, Mary Elizabeth Adams as Veruca Salt, Jamie Cleveland as Mrs. Salt, Spencer Bell as Mike Teavee, Sarah Bragwell as Mrs. Teavee.
The Candy Man Kids ensemble include Jamie McKelvy as James, Rachel McKelvy as Matilda and Jordan Wade, Chandler Richards, Lexy Simmons, Sydney Sandefer, Shelby Vaughn, Rayleigh Caldwell, Kayla Herwig, Kylie Winton, Zachary Amos, and Maddie Giers.
Kids on the Street are played by Jenni Cate Rhodes, Keara Blankenship, Tucker Wallace, David McKelvy, Rachael Robbins, and LeeAnna Powell.
Squirrels are played by Logan Faulk, Anya Cleveland, Mollie Swindell, Griff Knox, Audrey Easter, Lauren Maxson, Terra Bragwell, Elizabeth Weeks, Zoe Nagel, Claire Alford, Marylee Bargas, and Jacob Weeks.
Oompa Loompas are Becca Faulk, Nia Brewer, Maggie Guyse, Emilee Boster, Olivia Patterson, Claire Barley, Julya McMinemon, Catherine Keel, Ivy Johnson, Mary Elizabeth Booth, Carter Herwig, Rebekah Vaughn, Brody Wade, McKinley Cotting, Carley Corder, Camryn Willingham, Caylee Brown, Kylee Grace Howell, Grace Sittason, Victoria Starr, Allie Anders, Jessica Beal, Gavin Zanda, Emma Maxson, Allison Fritz, Reagan Clark Corder, Brantley Blaxton, Anna Swindell, Lacey Gargus, Katelyn Green, Larissa Preuitt, Sophie Herring, Jennifer McCain, Ansley McCay, Delany Emmons, Quinn Holclaw, Jenna Dozier, Hayden Roden, Jordan Stanley and Grace Clemons.