The Forum Players celebrate the holiday season with four performances of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." The Roald Dahl classic comes to life on stage at the Stuart Steiner Theatre on Thursday and Friday, December 1 and 2 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Roald Dahl was born in Llandaff, Wales in 1916. He has written numerous novels although his works for children including Boy, BFG (Big Friendly Giant), and It's Great to be Eight remain perennial favorites. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, first published in 1964 and later revised in 1973, follows the story of shy, impoverished Charlie Bucket who is invited, via a "golden ticket," to visit the factory of eccentric chocolatier, Willy Wonka. As Charlie steps through the gates of the factory with four fellow tourists, he discovers that the rumors surrounding the mysterious building and its reclusive owner can't possibly compare to the extraordinary truth. And for young Charlie, life will never be the same.
Maryanne Arena, director of Fine and Performing Arts at Genesee manages a cast of 30 actors that includes "children from the community, theatre majors, as well as students enrolled in other disciplines at the college." Ms. Arena is thrilled to present this adaptation and ensures that "it's much like the recent movie with Johnny Depp. The whole family will enjoy it." The characters stay true to the original script too, from Veruca Salt to the Oompa-Loompas, all are represented in the inimitable style of Roald Dahl.
Ticket prices for "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" are $6.00 for adults; $3.00 for students and senior citizens; $2.00 for Genesee students with a current ID. Reservations may be made by calling the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at 585-345-6814 or by visiting the website at http://www.genesee.edu/about/facilities/arts/tickets.cfm