You have the extraordinary chance to experience the wonders of Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory! A talented ensemble of young actors will bring this story to life for young audiences through an immersive re-telling of the story at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine February 13-22.

Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” has become a favorite among generations of families, and its lessons of greed and humility are perhaps even more relevant today than when it sold out its first print run over 50 years ago.



Despite the confectionery themes throughout “Charlie,” Roald Dahl did not write children’s stories that are sugarcoated, sweet, or soft: children get stuck in chocolate tubes, turn into blueberries, and are attacked by very intelligent squirrels. Dahl’s style comes from a place that is larger than life and fantastic, but where greed always meets its punishment. There is a nod of familiarity, dark humor, and gusto that most children find hilarious and audiences of all ages can appreciate.

This play is performed by 23 young actors with ages ranging from eight to sixteen from southern Maine, spanning Falmouth to Gorham. Local Portland artist and shop owner Noah Defillipis is designing a big, colorful, and resourceful set, and Brittany Cook is creating a live sound score, including raps to the Oompa Loompa poetry.

Show dates: Friday, Feb. 13 at 4pm, Saturdays and Sundays Feb. 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 1pm & 4pm

February Vacation Week Shows: Wednesday and Thursday Feb. 18 and 19 at 11am & 2pm, Friday Feb. 20 at 1 & 4

Tickets: $9 for advance tickets, $10 for day of performance tickets; Museum & Theatre members save $1 per ticket.

To purchase tickets call (800)838-3006, or visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1178932.

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