Teens and Youth Star in Cape Cod Kids on Broadway’s Summer Musical Production "Willy Wonka"

Opens August 9th at Barnstable Comedy Club
Willy Wonka and Oompa-Loompas (CCKOB Courtesy photo)

Cape Cod Kids on Broadway (CCKOB) does it again this summer with Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka. For the 7th season running, the theater group is producing a full-length musical in four short weeks from start to finish with a talented group of teens and youth. The young performers range in age from 9-16 and include full time Cape Codders as well as summer residents. In the musical Willy Wonka the timeless story of the world famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to chocolate-covered life.

Gwen Bainier is the director of Willy Wonka, Lisa Taylor is the musical director and Jessica Ann McDowell (JAM) is the lighting designer. The musical is part of a workshop designed to teach kids and teens all aspects of putting on a show including sets, props, costumes and tech. In addition to performing, many cast members act as crew backstage with the help of CCKOB alumni. Parents also get involved and assist with set design and construction, programs, marketing and ticket sales.

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka follows 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: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory... or suffer the consequences.

“I am thrilled to be working with an ensemble of gifted young actors this summer to produce a musical that can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. I am amazed with the talent we have right here on Cape Cod this summer and feel fortunate that these young performers have chosen to be part of WillyWonka,“ said Gwen Bainier, founding director of CCKOB. “Four weeks is an incredibly short period of time to pull together a full musical, but we’ve done this successfully for the past seven years, and it’s a pleasure to see such strong talent grow right before my eyes.”

Gwen Bainier’s professional career encompasses many aspects of the performing arts. She has performed regionally in opera and Equity musical theater as well as in SAG film, television and commercial productions.  She was the Head of the Musical Theater Department at Theater of Arts, a performing arts school for young professionals in Los Angeles, where she also was a speech coach for film actors.  In addition to her work with CCKOB, Ms. Bainier has directed productions at the Harwich Jr. Theater and at the Cotuit Center for the Arts.  She teaches voice and piano privately as well.

Barnstable Comedy Club is hosting the event and will handle concessions. CCKOB's talented cast is performing Thursday 8/9, Friday 8/10, Saturday 8/11, and Sunday 8/12 at 7pm. Performances will be held at the Barnstable Comedy Club, 3171 Main Street, Route 6A Barnstable Village. General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.

Cape Cod Kids on Broadway (www.capecodkidsonbroadway.com), a musical theater program for kids, was founded in 2011. CCKOC offers workshops and full-length productions throughout the year.  To date, CCKOB has produced You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Honk!, Shrek the Musical, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid.   

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