Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Potomac State College will premier the opening of "Willy Wonka," under the co-direction of Jordan Kline and Kimberli Rowley, and music direction by Sean and Debi Beachy.

By Trish Morgan
For the News Tribune
Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Potomac State College will premier the opening of "Willy Wonka," under the co-direction of Jordan Kline and Kimberli Rowley, and music direction by Sean and Debi Beachy.
"Willy Wonka" is produced by Brian Plitnik, who like his fellow directors, works tirelessly to ensure that every "t" is crossed and every "i" is dotted. Bravo, directors! You've done it again!!
According to the college's promotions, they state, "Journey to the land of pure imagination as Willy Wonka takes you on a musical fantasy filled with fun and excitement. Children of all ages will enjoy this spectacular stage performance at WVU Potomac State College in Keyser, WV."
Now, before I give you a little background about how "Willy Wonka" became what it is today, I can speak first-hand about the quality of productions at PSC. Each spring, the college pulls together an incredible cast and crew for a musical production to present to the community. There are actors, dancers, vocalists, painters, set builders, costumers, choreographers, advertisers, promoters, organizers, vocal and musical instructors, musicians, prop masters - all who work together to produce something that will take the theatre-goer to another place and time for a couple of hours.
Personally, I have been involved with PSC's productions in several ways over the years - as an attendee, as an actor and assisting with advertising and promotions. So much excellence and craftsmanship comes onto the stage each spring, and I am proud to be a small part of what happens every March!
"Willy Wonka" tells the story of Charlie Bucket as he receives a Golden Ticket and visits Willy Wonka's chocolate factory with four other children from around the world.
When Roald Dahl's book was made into a film (millions and millions have seen this), the filming took place in Munich in 1970, and the film was released by Paramount Pictures on June 30, 1971. With a budget of just $3 million, the film received generally positive reviews and earned $4 million by the end of its original run. Paramount distributed the film until 1977, and beginning in the 1980s, Warner Bros. assumed control of the rights for home entertainment purposes. The film then made an additional $21 million during its re-release by Warner Bros. under its Family Entertainment banner in 1996. The film became highly popular in part through repeated television airings and home entertainment sales.
In 1972, the film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score, and the late Gene Wilder was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, but lost both to Fiddler on the Roof.
The film also introduced the song "The Candy Man", which went on to become a popular hit when recorded by Sammy Davis Jr. In 2014, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
PSC Show Dates:
Friday, March 16 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 17 @ 2:30 PM
Sunday, March 18 @ 2:30 PM
Friday, March 23 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 24 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 25 @ 2:30 PM
VIP GOLDEN TICKET includes: Backstage Tour, Chocolate Reception, Priority Seating - March 25 ONLY. Must call PSC Box Office at 304-788-6855 to reserve.
Check out this list of cast members! You WILL recognize some awesome talent in this cast - some of THE BEST actors in the area!! There are seasoned actors, new faces and some child actors who will WOW you with their on-stage presence!
Members of the cast are:
Willy Wonka - Robert Godfrey
Candy Man - Kevin Shreve
Phineous Trout - Tommy Nester
Charlie Bucket - Dylan Dolly
Mrs. Bucket - Brittney Burton
Mr. Bucket - Curtis Westfall
Grandma Josephine - Fran Vogtman
Grandma Georgina - Danise Whitlock
Grandpa George - Ron Growden
Grandpa Joe- Tom Vogtman
Augustus Gloop - Brendon McCabe
Mrs. Gloop - Carrie Wolford
Veruca Salt - Brielle Windle
Mr. Salt - Kevin Shreve
Mike Teaveeb - Clayton Muir
Mrs. Teavee - Mikayla Dodge
Violet Beauregarde - Elizabeth Badillo
Mrs. Beauregarde - Jenna Windle
Oompa Loompas - Rhiannon Paugh, Traci Michael, Suzannah Sine, Karlee Witherite, Molly Kephart and Katie Bowlby
Squirrels - Karl Vogtman, Jullieanna Dixon, Joshua Armentrout, Jillian Ault
Ensemble - Laurie Clem, Nathan Armentrout, Ella Beachy, Kyle Vogtman
As for how to get your tickets: there is a variety of choices offered for seeing the show - general admission, reserved, and VIP tickets for children and adults.
You can buy your tickets online: https://www.eventbrite.com/d/wv--keyser/arts--events/
Or, tickets are also available at the door. PSC students are admitted free with student ID.
I highly recommend getting out your calendar and making every effort to take in at least one performance of "Willy Wonka" this month...support local performance arts!!
And, for those of you who would like to have a quiet, delicious dinner before the show, consider dinner at the Candlewyck Inn in Keyser! Fred Engle has a special "Willy Wonka" themed menu for $50 per couple, not including tax or gratuity. If you've never been to Candlewyck, here is your chance to enjoy its charming Victorian ambiance. And, you MUST check out his desserts to go - ooh la la la!!!
Reserve your Golden Ticket at Candlewyck! Available tonight, and March 17, 23 and 24 from 4-7 p.m., and Sunday, March 18 and 25, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling the Candlewyck at 304-788-6594 or by private message on Facebook.
Menu ~
Violet’s Hearty Tomato Soup or Charlie’s Cabbage Soup
Spring Salad with Fresh Blueberries
Choice of:
Herb Crusted Tri Tip with Horseradish Cream
Humble Pie in Puff Pastry
Includes Vegetable and Potato
Chocolate Fondue for Two
Fruit Fizz (either alcoholic or not)
"Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew, cover it in chocolate, and a miracle or two...the candy man can!"