WAC offers a golden ticket for the pleasure of confectionery



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at Roald Dahl

‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’

WHEN – 7:30 p.m. November; 7 p.m. on December 1; 1:30 a.m. & 7 p.m. on December 2; 8 p.m. on December 3; 2 & amp; 8 p.m. on December 4; 2 p.m. on December 5

O – Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St. in Fayetteville

COT – $ 41 to $ 102

INFO – 443-5600, waltonartscenter.org; charlieontour.com

FYI – Masks are mandatory inside the room for all clients.

Faq

at Roald Dahl

‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’

WHEN – 7:30 p.m. November; 7 p.m. on December 1; 1:30 a.m. & 7 p.m. on December 2; 8 p.m. on December 3; 2 & amp; 8 p.m. on December 4; 2 p.m. on December 5

O – Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St. in Fayetteville

COT – $ 41 to $ 102

INFO – 443-5600, waltonartscenter.org; charlieontour.com

FYI – Masks are mandatory inside the room for all clients.

Faq

at Roald Dahl

‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’

WHEN – 7:30 p.m. November; 7 p.m. on December 1; 1:30 a.m. & 7 p.m. on December 2; 8 p.m. on December 3; 2 & amp; 8 p.m. on December 4; 2 p.m. on December 5

O – Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St. in Fayetteville

COT – $ 41 to $ 102

INFO – 443-5600, waltonartscenter.org; charlieontour.com

FYI – Masks are mandatory inside the room for all clients.

Faq

at Roald Dahl

‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’

WHEN – 7:30 p.m. November; 7 p.m. on December 1; 1:30 a.m. & 7 p.m. on December 2; 8 p.m. on December 3; 2 & amp; 8 p.m. on December 4; 2 p.m. on December 5

O – Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St. in Fayetteville

COT – $ 41 to $ 102

INFO – 443-5600, waltonartscenter.org; charlieontour.com

FYI – Masks are mandatory inside the room for all clients.

Faq

at Roald Dahl

‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’

WHEN – 7:30 p.m. November; 7 p.m. on December 1; 1:30 a.m. & 7 p.m. on December 2; 8 p.m. on December 3; 2 & amp; 8 p.m. on December 4; 2 p.m. on December 5

O – Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St. in Fayetteville

COT – $ 41 to $ 102

INFO – 443-5600, waltonartscenter.org; charlieontour.com

FYI – Masks are mandatory inside the room for all clients.

Faq

at Roald Dahl

‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’

WHEN – 7:30 p.m. November; 7 p.m. on December 1; 1:30 a.m. & 7 p.m. on December 2; 8 p.m. on December 3; 2 & amp; 8 p.m. on December 4; 2 p.m. on December 5

O – Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St. in Fayetteville

COT – $ 41 to $ 102

INFO – 443-5600, waltonartscenter.org; charlieontour.com

FYI – Masks are mandatory inside the room for all clients.

“Do you know the story? Walton Arts Center vice president of programming and executive producer Scott Galbraith couldn’t resist this cheeky joke in the spring of 2020 (before) as he prepared to discuss a well-known name making his debut in Arkansas on Broadway in the next season.

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is a new musical that “borrows consistently and faithfully from three major precedents in terms of storytelling,” Galbraith said. And those literary and cinematic roots, lush visuals and over-the-top characters make it the perfect introduction to Broadway for young viewers and the whole family.

“I’ve always loved the show because I feel like it’s kind of about parenthood,” offers Cody Garcia, starring Willy Wonka, eccentric and taller than owner and confectioner. nature of the plant.

“I feel like parenthood is just a very important thing, not necessarily widely discussed, that we really need to address as a society,” Garcia continues. “And there are so many parents who spoil their kids, or let their kids watch TV 24/7 or let them chew gum (gag noise). No, just kidding. beautiful modern day fairy tale that is beneficial to interpret on your own, I guess. And what I take away from it is the importance of family and, in particular, the relationship between a mother and a father and their child. “

First featured in Roald Dahl’s children’s novel in 1964, Charlie Bucket is one of five lucky children who got the chance to visit the famous Wonka Chocolate Factory after it had been closed to the public for years.

The kids explore the wonderland of the seemingly defiant, logic-defying Confectionery Factory, meet Wonka’s Oompa-Loompas team, and engage in a few (possibly dangerous) antics along the way. Looking back, Garcia remembers being marked by one scene in particular.

“I saw a stage version of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ when I was a kid … [at] at a community theater in San Antonio, Texas, and I was obviously terrified when Violet turned into a blueberry, ”Garcia says of the dark and comedic fate of one of the tour’s less than angelic guests. “Then at the end, when all the actors came out to bow, Violet Beauregarde didn’t come out to bow. And I don’t remember, but my mom told me I was panicking. I was just like, ‘Oh my god, that’s a blueberry!’

“Apparently the girl playing Violet had another gig to do, so she just has to bow for this show. But my mom was definitely like, ‘OK, you need to make sure Violet bow because the kids are going to panic like my son ‘”on the Broadway tour, Garcia shares.

Violet Beauregarde isn’t the only visitor to see her factory tour interrupted unexpectedly, leaving some modern audiences to wonder if a factory owner with seemingly lax security protocols might be the villain of the story. Garcia won’t confirm anyway.

“How should I phrase this? ‘I’m bad. And that’s good. I’ll never be good. And that’s not bad. There’s no one I’d rather be than me,” said shyly. Garcia, citing the possibly / maybe-hero villain of the Disney animated film “Wreck It Ralph.” Https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2021/nov/28/a-little-ridiculousness- wac-offers-golden-ticket / “I don’t think it’s up to me to answer that question; I think that’s up to the viewer of the story.”

It’s all fun, however, and certainly nothing too traumatic for toddlers. In fact, Galbraith wonders if children might not acutely connect with Charlie’s point of view in the stage version compared to the interpretations of the story led by Gene Wilder or Johnny Depp in 2005.

“What’s interesting is that there’s really only one child in there; the other kids are played by young adult actors,” he reveals. “So Charlie’s situation and fate is better understood than in some of the other versions because he’s unique. I think it allows the children in the audience to really identify with Charlie in a way that they don’t. never have done it before – which for kids is a very important part of their performing experience. “

As with all the lessons they took from the chocolatier, Garcia remembers “one of the best advice I ever received as a kid was, ‘If you’re feeling stupid, you’re doing it right. And it’s just something that I’ve incorporated into all aspects of my life, especially growing up, “Garcia shares.” A little bit of ridicule goes a long way. “

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