Twelve-year-old seventh-grader Gideon Pressley and 15-year-old tenth-grader Lauren LaCourse are set to appear as Oompa Loompas in the Stages Theatre Company’s production of “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka.”
Pressley has been in two other productions with the company, including “The Three Snow Bears” and “On the Railroad.” He has also appeared in “The Nutcracker” with River Valley Dance Academy.
Pressley, who is home schooled in Belle Plaine, is also set to appear in Park Square Theatre’s upcoming production of “A Raisin in the Sun” in St. Paul.
LaCourse, a student at Performing Institute of Minnesota Arts High School in Hopkins, is making her Stages Theatre Company debut. Her past appearances elsewhere include “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” and “Bright Star” with Performing Institute of Minnesota, as well as multiple Belle Plaine High School performances. Additionally, LaCourse earned an “outstanding” acting and vocal performance and Ensemble Spotlight Award for her performance in “Bright Star.”
“Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” based on the book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” will run at Stages in Hopkins through August 4. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for seniors and children.
The play’s director, Nikki Swoboda, promises a great experience for those of all ages.
“Willy Wonka is filled with big dreams and a generous sprinkle of candy, which just so happens to be the ingredient for an excellent summer,” said Swoboda per a release. “Charlie’s big heart and open eyes bring us on a fantastical journey from nothing to everything and all kinds of wild adventures in between. It’s going to be a fun and sweet treat for the entire family.”
Generations Theatre Co.
Belle Plaine artists and actors are making waves all over the place, and some will be featured in Generations Theatre Company’s upcoming production of “Beauty and the Beast.” The production will bring together talent from New Prague, Le Center, Montgomery, Lonsdale, Belle Plaine, Shakopee, Arlington, and more.
The show, which features around 80 actors with many more behind the scenes, will debut July 19 and will run on multiple dates through July 28. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Performances will take place at New Prague High School.
For a complete list of show dates and more information about the company, visit their web site at http://www.generationstheatre.org.