This season’s Youth Summer Camp Production at Albany Civic Theater is “Willy Wonka Jr.,” an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s tale. The play opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, at Albany Civic Theater, 111 First Ave. W., Albany.
The play, directed by Rebecca Douglas, follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his candy bars. Whoever discovers these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory or suffer the consequences.
It features songs from the 1971 film starring the late Gene Wilder, in addition to a host of new songs from Dahl’s “Willy Wonka Jr.”
The cast is comprised of 36 youth actors and six crew members, ages 8 to 18, who participated in the summer camp.
Performances for “Willy Wonka Jr.” are at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25, 26, Sept. 1 and 2, with 2:30 p.m. matinees Aug. 26 and Sept. 2.