Roald Dahl's
Willy Wonka JR.

Performed by the Portsmouth Area Children’s Theatre


Thursday, march 15, 2018
9:30 am & Noon

Friday, March 16, 2018
10:00 AM & 7:00 pm

Saturday, March 17, 2018
7:00 pm

Sunday, March 18, 2018
2:30 pm


Vern Riffe Center for the Arts
Eloise C. Smith Theatre
Grades PreK-12 • 75 minutes
Rated G

Words and Music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley

Adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald

Based on the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Visual Arts, Relationships, Music

The delicious adventures of Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory lights up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder with a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

Follow the enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour with his loveable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences. 


Thursday & Friday student matinées are $3 per seat and group reservations can be made by calling  PAAC at (740) 351-3642 or or submitting the show reservation form

Tickets for the evening performance are $6-$12 and will be available at the McKinley Box Office by calling (740) 351-3600 or at

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.