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April 22, 2014 > StarStruck Theatre presents a ÔGolden TicketÕ to family entertainment

StarStruck Theatre presents a ÔGolden TicketÕ to family entertainment

Submitted By Helen Chang

For one weekend, Roald DahlÕs story of enigmatic chocolate magnate Willy Wonka is the Golden Ticket to family entertainment when StarStruck Theatre presents the musical ÒWilly Wonka, Jr.Ó at Irvington High SchoolÕs Valhalla Theatre in Fremont.

This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight the sweet tooth of youngsters and adults alike. The story follows Candy Man Willy Wonka as he prepares to find an heir by hiding five golden tickets around the world in five of his famous candy bars. The lucky five win a free tour of the Wonka candy factory as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats; the fifth is likeable boy Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather.

The children must learn to follow WonkaÕs rules in the factory, or suffer the consequences. The story leads audiences through a fantasy adventure into a land of pure imagination.

ÒLike our other junior shows performed at Valhalla Theatre at Irvington High School, this one will appeal especially to young audiences with limited attention span, since it runs 90 minutes including intermission,Ó said Lori Stokes, Artistic Director of StarStruck Theatre. ÒAnd if audience members donÕt come into ÔWilly Wonka, Jr.Õ with a sweet tooth, theyÕll leave with oneÑbecause who doesnÕt like candy?Ó

In fact, young audience members can win a sweet treat from the showÕs Candy Store by coloring the picture in the Tri-City Voice or downloading and printing the picture from and exchanging it at the show.

Audience members will be charmed by StarStruckÕs mostly younger cast of pre-teens. For Andrew Apy, 15, who plays the title role, this production will be a return to candy land, since he performed the part of Charlie Bucket when he was nine. Along with brother Christopher and sister Marissa, Andrew is one of five sets of siblings in this show. Another will be hard to miss: Noah Woll, 12, is Charlie Bucket, and big brother Jacob, 17, is his grandfather.

Show dates are Friday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 27 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now by calling the StarStruck box office, (510) 659-1319, or ordering online:

Willy Wonka, Jr.
Friday, Apr 25 Ð Sunday, Apr 27
7:30 p.m., matinees at 2:00 p.m.
Valhalla Theatre at Irvington High School
41800 Blacow Rd, Fremont
(510) 659-1319

Tickets: $20 adult, $15 student/senior

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