Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present “Charlie And the Chocolate Factory,” a live play for children and families, based on the classic novel by Roald Dahl. The play will be performed June 10 through 26, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM; Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM; Sundays at 3 PM.
Poor Charlie Bucket finds a Golden Ticket in his Wonka Chocolate Bar, sending him and his Grandpa on a magical tour of Willy Wonka’s renowned chocolate factory. One by one, the other children on the tour break the rules, but if Charlie survives the journey, he may find an even greater reward.
The play is performed by 24 talented young actors, from ages 8 to 16. Charlie Bucket will be played by Cody Chaffins, a KCT veteran who has given hilariously comic performances in The Wind In The Willows and Alice’s Rumpus In Wonderland over the past year. Callie Dowd will play the mad inventor Willy Wonka, and Keegan Stump performs the role of Grandpa Joe.
Five actors are making their KCT debuts: Nico Ellerbusch, Deshayla Foley, Annie Smith, Tori Smith, and Tanner White.
The rest of the cast includes KCT veteran performers: Natalia Adams, Jaden Lily Branson, Jake Green, Autumn Harbison, Max Harper, Annika Kallstrom, Maria Kauffman, Elijah Payne, Abby Ann Ramsey, Boone Sommers, Zak Terry, Grant Trivette, Levi Vinsant, Derrick Washington, Jr., Ani Werderitch, and Ella Williams,
The play is directed by recent West High graduate, A. J. Tierney, assisted by Caroline Dyer, a junior at South-Doyle High. Stage management duties are carried out by Kennis Van Dyke, a freshman at L&N STEM Academy. Emma Campbell, a freshman at Pellissippi State, is the staff’s Production Manager.
The show is sponsored by The Comcast Foundation, The Clayton Family Foundation, and Home Federal Bank. Assistance was also provided by Bandit Lites, and Prestige Cleaners.