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"Willy Wonka Junior"
Presented by the Children's Theatre of Charleston
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Civic Center Little Theater
COST: Adults $12, children (17 and under) $10
INFO: 304-346-0164 or www.ctoc.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Augustus Gloop falls into a vat of chocolate instead of a river, but when the Children's Theatre of Charleston presents "Willy Wonka Junior" this weekend, the other children still meet the same fates as in Roald Dahl's classic book: Violet Beauregarde still balloons into a giant blueberry, Veruca Salt still falls down the garbage chute and Mike Teevee still shrinks after transmitting himself through the television.
These things take a lot of theatrical magic.
"They're all kind of difficult," said director Kelly Strom. "Each one involves some kind of technical thing. There are lights, sound, a fog machine. There's lots of tech work involved."
She said the candy boat scene is done in blacklight, and when Charlie and Grandpa Joe take flight, it's a trick of light.