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. 22, at the Four Rivers Cultural Center (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

Little Squirrels and Oompa Loompas get ready for the big show. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

An excited Oompa Loompa. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

The cast of Willy Wonka Jr. backstage before showtime (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

Willy Wonka, played by Claire Fugate from Fruitland, narrates at the beginning of Friday night's show. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

Mr. Salt, Veruca Salt, and Phineous Trout on stage at Willy Wonka Jr. on Friday night. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

Mike Teavee and Ms. Teavee on stage at Willy Wonka Jr. on Friday night. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

Violet Beauregarde and Mrs. Beauregarde at Willy Wonka Jr. on Friday night. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

Augustus Gloop and Mrs. Gloop on stage at Willy Wonka Jr. on Friday night. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

News tip? Contact reporter Joe Siess: news@malheurenterprise.com or 541-473-3377.

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