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This Candy’s Not Just For Kids!

Date Posted: 26/07/2016

Pictured Above: Theatre Orangeville Young Company, Willy Wonka 2016

Since the beginning of July we’ve seen little of our Artistic Director. He’s been sequestered with talented children in our rehearsal hall, the Dream Factory. For the first time ever, he’s directing Theatre Orangeville’s Young Company and its production of Willy Wonka. How could he resist? Chocolate is involved and for those who don’t know Theatre Orangeville may just run on chocolate – that and a selection of caffeinated beverages.

This week cast and crew moved into the Opera House, running through their lines, belting out their tunes and practising their dance routines on real risers instead of imaginary elevation taped to a floor.

Opening night is this Friday July 29th at 7 pm with three more performances over the long weekend.

Ah, you might say, how lovely that children are stretching their triple talents on a professional stage, but they are not my children, I subscribe to the main stage theatre, no need to go. On the contrary. What better way to show your support for artistic endeavours than coming out to watch the next generation of theatrical talent? We have already seen the fruits of our labour on the main stage. David Reale, Karen Knox and Caroline Toal starred in TOV’s production of Stag and Doe in May. All are graduates of Theatre Orangeville’s Youth Programs (including the TOYS choir). Colin Simmons is at Stratford. Alison Price is at Second City. For that matter, Daniel Reale, David’s younger brother, is assistant director on this production. Isn’t it fun to be able to say, I knew them when?

Willy Wonka runs 65 minutes. Tickets are $15 for adults. That’s less than 5 cents a minute. Your time is valuable. Your support for these young actors is priceless. Besides, there are candy kebobs for sale!

-Bernadette

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