A Norwood Drama production
    Music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
    Adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Tim McDonald
    Based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
    Directed by John Quinn

In this oh-so-sweet musical for all ages based on Roald Dahl’s children’s novel, candy-maker Willy Wonka and troupes of Ooompa Loompas give Charlie Bucket and four other Golden Ticket winners the tour of a lifetime in the fantastical chocolate factory. Charlie, Grandpa Joe, spoiled Veruca Salt, gluttonous Augustus Gloop, gum-grinding Violet Beauregarde, Wii/technology junkie Mike Teavee and their simply awful parents wind through a quirky labyrinth of lemon drops and colorful life lessons.

Willy Wonka – Final Rehearsals – Headshots (thank you Dan Busler!)

Sixty plus cast members sing their hearts out in memorable songs including “The Candy Man,” “I Want It Now!“, “Cheer Up, Charlie” and “Pure Imagination.” Musical accompaniment is provided by a professional orchestra directed by Fine Arts Director Cathy Connor Moen and high school Choral Instructor Ashley Nelson. Dean Calusdian has designed a brilliant 3D set that launches the cast out into the audience, helping to bring the 1971 film to life on stage.

Look for ‘Everlasting Gobstoppers‘ and ‘Wonka Bars’ provided by the Backstage Boosters at the concession stand during the intermission in this two-hour performance. Caution: chocolate river levels are rising, please watch your step.


Friday, Sept. 18th at 7pm Friday, Sept. 25th at 7pm
Saturday, Sept. 19th at 7pm Saturday, Sept. 26th at 7pm
Sunday, Sept. 20th at 2pm Sunday, Sept. 27th at 2pm

Performances are held at Norwood’s Savage Center. Tickets available at the door: $10 general, $8 students/seniors.

Questions? Contact the Norwood High School Fine Arts Department: 781-440-5917.


Willy Wonka: Bobby Smith / Eddie Lynch Candy Man: Phil Gustafsan
Phineous Trout: Leo Blais / Matt Foley Charlie Bucket: Kathleen Keefe
Mrs. Bucket: Katie McConnaughy Mr. Bucket: Chris Kelleher
Grandma Josephine: Meagan McGinnes Grandma Georgina: Argiro Kipouropoulos
Grandpa George: Connor Lyons / Catherine Dundero Grandpa Joe: Robert McDonough
James: Eddie Hernon Matilda: Charlotte Huxter
Sophie: Amy Warner Danny:
Alfie: Chris Little Billie: Tom Little
Augustus Gloop: A.J. Robinson / Billy Veer Mrs. Gloop: Ashley McGinnes
Chorus of Cooks: Shannon Ippolito, Kristin McCarthy, Kelly McGowan, Catherine Dondero, Jen Sobol, Amanda Wood, Samantha Wood
Veruca Salt: Cianne Maloney / Shannon McDonough Mr. Salt: Jimmy Flaherty
Mike Teavee: Becky Gillis, Nichole Adams Ms. Teavee: Katie O’Connor
Violet Beauregarde: Marissa Farulla / Teresa Gassoway Mrs. Beauregarde: Sarah Rabinovich
Oompa Loompas: Leo Blais, Melissa Clarke, Lauren DeSilva, Kristina Domaney, Catherine Dondero, Alyssa Gimabanco, Shannon Ippolito, Faye Jones, Lucy Kindstrom, Kristin McCarthy, Kelly McGowan, Gretchen Mueller, Lindsay Newcomb, Matthew Sheehan, Jen Sobol, Maybel Sterritt, Rachael Straehlie, Christine Vlahos, Amanda Wood, Samantha Wood
Charlie’s Friends: Danielle Wood, Rachel Wood
Squirrels: tbd


Director: John Quinn Music Director:Cathy Connor Moen / Ashley Nelson
Stage Manager: Francis Sheehan Assistant Stage Manager: Katharine Mueller
Costume Design: John Quinn Costume Construction: Beth Maloney, Debbie Leotsakas
Set Design: Dean Calusdian Scenic Artistry: Dean Calusdian, Jackie Cuccinata, Sara Rabinovitch
Set Construction: Andrew Adams, Brian McDonough, Matt Adams, Jackie Cucinatta, Chris Boyajian, Andre Garcia, Mike Magyer, Pete Maloney