PREVIEW: Willy Wonka

Based on Roald Dahl’s beloved book and featuring tasty tunes from the 1971 film, Willy Wonka makes its way to Pioneer High School’s Schreiber Auditorium stage.

When the show’s namesake, world-renowned candy-maker Willy Wonka, decides to host a once-in-a-lifetime contest, five lucky children will get their ‘golden ticket’ to see the inside of the mysterious chocolate factory and be supplied with candy for life. As the tickets are found, one-by-one, four less-than-sweet kids and a kindly poor boy named Charlie Bucket prepare to embark on a what they’re sure will be a wondrous tour. However, once inside, these conniving kiddos (and our one good egg) will find that their sour attitudes may have some sticky consequences.

Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor’s oldest high school theatre program with a long history of wonderful productions, brings this show to life with visually stunning sets, fun ensemble numbers, and a unique twist of key gender-bent characters such as Charlie and Willy Wonka, herself.

So come be whisked away into the ‘pure imagination’ of this classic and comical tale November 2, 9, and 10th at 7:30 pm and November 4th and 11th at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 for students, seniors, staff, $15 for adults and are available at

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