I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
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The wonderful world of Willy Wonka is winding up at Sydney's Capitol Theatre on 21 July in order to entertain the people of Melbourne from August. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an all new musical based on the 1964 book of the same name by Roald Dahl. This musical is great fun for the family and lots of laughs are had at the expense of the hapless children who have won a golden ticket entry into the mysterious factory of Mr Wonka.
The show runs for two and a half hours including a thirty minute interval and is full of musical numbers such as The Candy Man and I've Got A Golden Ticket, dancing, tricks and skits. There are some serious themes and periods of darkness but it is suggested as being suitable for children over six. It starts off quite slowly but as more characters are introduced the pace of the show builds. The sets and costumes are simple but effective as they rely on the imagination of the audience but there are some clever effects involving the fates of Charlie's fellow winners. The Oompa-Loompas, giant squirrels and the magic glass elevator were great fun and very memorable and I found Augustus Gloop and his mother very likeable.
Four young boys take turns playing Charlie and Tommy Blair's youthful innocence contrasted nicely to the mysterious and wily Willy Wonka as played by Paul Slade Smith. Tony Sheldon is very funny as Grandpa Joe and the rest of the cast performed their roles with gusto.
Get your Golden Ticket for some Gloriumptious fun at the sweetest show of the year!