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Thalian Association offers sweet treat for the holidays

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The cast of "Willy Wonka" performs at Thalian Hall. The cast of "Willy Wonka" performs at Thalian Hall.
Quinn Gonzalez as Charlie and Lance Howell as Grandpa Joe. Quinn Gonzalez as Charlie and Lance Howell as Grandpa Joe.
"Willy Wonka" runs at Thalian Hall through December 22. "Willy Wonka" runs at Thalian Hall through December 22.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A beloved book and movie takes a turn on the stage.

Thalian Association is performing Willy Wonka, based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which was also made into two successful movies.

The story is familiar to many. The quirky Willy Wonka opens his candy factory to five lucky children who find the golden tickets. Little do they know, one of them will inherit it.

Much of the stage version coincides with the popular movies, but there are some differences.

"There are lots of added songs for this version than there are for the original movie," said Quinn Gonzalez, who plays the role of Charlie Bucket. "If you know from the original, the golden geese where Veruca goes up the pipe, they changed it to squirrels in this, which is great because Veruca's dad is actually in the nut business."

As if seeing this story come alive on stage isn't enough of a treat, there could be another in store for the audience.

"You may be one of the few who gets candy, so always be aware of that," said Quinn.

Willy Wonka

  • Dec. 19-21
  • 8:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 22
  • 3:00 p.m.
  • Thalian Hall

For tickets, call (910) 632-2285 or click here.

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