PHOTO GALLERY: Willy Wonka takes the stage

Charlie, played by Porter Wheeler from Parma, discovers a golden ticket on stage at Friday night's show. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

ONTARIO - Thousands of people enjoyed eight showings of Willy Wonka Jr. at the Four Rivers Cultural Center between Thursday, Nov. 21 through Saturday, Nov. 23.

Four different casts consisting of 187 kids participated in the musical, which was produced by the Four Rivers Children’s Community Theatre and adapted from the feature film.

According to Ruthie Carlson, the theatre’s director, about 700 area school children came to each of four free showings, a total of 2,800 kids. The other four shows were open to the public and about 2,000 people attended. 

The cast of Willy Wonka Jr. getting warmed up at the beginning of the show on Friday, Nov . . .