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Aspiring local actors bring Willy Wonka to stage

Sam Capps, Abi Capps, and Mollie Calkins impersonate lions as part of the Oompa Loompa auditions back in September. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

ONTARIO – Young local performers will bring Willy Wonka Jr. to the Four Rivers Cultural Center for three days of performances featuring the iconic characters and, of course, Oompa Loompas. 

Four different casts consisting of 187 kids will participate in eight shows starting on Thursday, Nov. 21, going through Saturday, Nov. 23. The musical is produced by the Four Rivers Children’s Community Theatre and is adapted from the feature film.

Four shows on Thursday and Friday morning and afternoon are free and specifically for school kids from around the valley.

Ruthie Carlson, the community theatre director, said that about 700 children are expected to attend each of those four shows. 

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