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Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this musical adaptation, with classic songs from the Oscar-nominated family film.

Based on Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), the play, Willy Wonka brings the story to the stage, including favorites such as “Pure Imagintaion” and “Candy Man”, as well as new songs that will quickly become family favorites.

The famous candy maker, Willy Wonka, has hidden five golden tickets in candy bars all over the world.  The winners will receive a life time supply of chocolate.  Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young boy named Charlie Bucket.  The children must learn to follow factory rules... or suffer the consequences.

Join Charlie Bucket on his delicious adventure to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory.   The musical production features the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder such as “Pure Imagination” and “The Candy Man”.

STARS’ production of WILLY WONKA stars several local young people.   Heading up the cast in the roles of Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka are Joel Smith of Southlake and Taylor Johnson of Saginaw.  The bratty kids, Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, Veruca Salt, and Mike Teavee are played by Jonathan Nieman of Grapevine, Lauren Raymond of Grand Prairie, Jenn Howe and Pierson van den Dyssel both of Southlake.  The production is directed by Lu Anne Tyson of Hurst with vocal direction by Paula-Beth Toller of Arlington and choreography by Sue Hurst of Grapevine.  Music Conductor is Dax Stokes from Denton.

Presented in the intimate setting of Scott Hall at First United Methodist Church – Bedford, STARS Theatre Company and accompanying orchestra deliver a highly-interactive adaptation that is sure to delight the entire family.



Willy Wonka

Taylor Johnson

Candy Sellers

Jennifer Howe, Pierson Van Den Dyssel, Kirk Zanetti

Phineous Trout

Matthew Foster

Charlie Bucket

Joel Smith

Mrs. Bucket

Emily Ruggles

Mr. Bucket

Jackson Arnold

Grandma Josephine

Megan Walsh

Grandma Georgina

Emma Sanders

Grandpa George

Coleman Hahn

Grandpa Joe

Will Meagher


Carolina Paredes


Riley Hutchens

Augustus Gloop

Kirk Zanetti  / Jonathan Nieman

Mrs. Gloop

Lauren Henesey


Nya Lee, Carolina Paredes, Emma Mann

Veruca Salt

Jennifer Howe

Ms. Salt

Amber Meagher

Mike Teavee

Pierson Van Den Dyssel

Ms. Teavee

Alli Calvert

Violet Beauregarde

Lauren Raymond

Mrs. Beauregarde

Skyler Clark

Oompa Loompa Captain

Nya Lee

Oompa Loompas

Kaya Bullock, Rhiana Bullock, Audrey Gutierrez, Ella Hutchens, Riley Hutchens, Emmy Irvin, Alison Lucas, Emma Mann, Carolina Paredes, Lucy Toller, Neil Tucker


Audrey Gutierrez, Emmy Irvin



First United Methodist Church - Bedford
Scott Hall
1245 Bedford Rd
Bedford, TX 76021


June 30     7:30 pm
July    1     7:30 pm
July    2     3:00 pm


Tickets available online at

Adults    $15
Children $10