Anthracite Citizens' Theater has a sweet performance lined up
MOUNT CARMEL - Anthracite Citizens' Theatre (ACT) will present its summer musical production of Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16 and 17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Mount Carmel Area Junior-Senior High School auditorium.
The play depicts a scenario where five children win golden tickets to tour a mysterious candy factory. Willy Wonka, played by Amanda Krebs Stancavage, Coal Township, is the eccentric owner of the factory. The five lucky golden ticket holders include: poor and kindhearted Charlie Bucket, played by Krystof Lopotsky, Trevorton, and his parents Barbara Malick and Joseph Revenis, both of Mount Carmel; a gluttonous Augustus Gloop, played by Tyler Barnhardt, Kulpmont, and his mother, Angela Kane, Ashland; spoiled Veruca Salt, played by Emma Jeanne Tomcavage, Coal Township, and her father, Dan Mock, Ashland; lazy Mike Teavee, played by Michael Spotts, Frackville and his mother, played by Loretta Murphy, Ashland, and aggressive and competitive Violet Beauregarde, played by Emma Rae Shimko, Kulpmont, and her mother, played by Erica Sechler, Elysburg.
Other characters and the locals who play them are The Candy Man, Joey Laughlin, Atlas; the reporter Phineaus Trout, Dan Heiser, Girardville; Grandma Georgina, Sandy Beaver, Locust Gap; Grandpa George, Bill Fisher, Ashland; Grandpa Joe, Carl Nochton, Ashland; Grandma Josephine, Rose Zimmerman, Ashland; James, Leif Connor, Girardville; and Matilda, Samantha Stancavage, Coal Township.
Factory workers known as the Oompa Loompas include Hannah Fourspring, Alivia Miller, Alyvia Williams and Livia Zlockie, all of Mount Carmel;, Theresa and Natalie Stefanowicz, Emily Stanton and Madison Lippay, all of Coal Township; Olivia Kopitsky, Shamokin, Nastissja Lopotsky, Trevorrton, Emily Morris, Kulpmont, and Alana and Audrey Reuter, Elysburg.
In the ensemble are Katy and Sandy Horsfield and Montana Spangler, all of Mount Carmel; Erika Kapushiniski, Clare and Noelle Stefanowicz, all of Coal Township; Katianna Lapotsky, of Trevorton; and Emilee Barnhardt, Olivia Reiner and Emily Olszewskie, all of Kulpmont.
Christopher Olson, Bethlehem, is stage director and Victor Boris, Trevorton, is musical director.
Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. They can also be purchased from any cast member or at Mount Carmel Public Library and Community Pharmacy, both in Mount Carmel; Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library and Beverly's Flowers, both in Shamokin, and Winter Walk Train Display and Shop, Ashland.
On the Net: actheatre.org.