One of my favorite books of all time is Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It’s whimsical, it’s fantastical, it was made into one of my favorite movies of all time: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, as in the original 1971 version (not the creepy and downright strange 2005 Tim Burton version).
And now, there’s an opera – The Golden Ticket – being presented by the Atlanta Opera, March 3, 6, 9 and 11, 2012. Premiered by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts on June 13, 2010, and with sets provided by the same, The Golden Ticket is a comic two-act opera sure to delight audiences of all ages. If you’re unfamiliar with the story: A young boy named Charlie finds a “golden ticket” admitting him into Willy Wonka’s top-secret chocolate factory where he encounters chocolate rivers, inflating blueberries, magic elevators and other delights. It is set in an unknown but familiar city, some time in the recent past, when factory automation was less commonplace and technology more haphazard than it is today. The Golden Ticket is a poignant tale about wishes coming true.
I am so looking forward to seeing this production – I will be back to tell you all about it before Opening Night. But until then, take my word for it – if you are a fan of Willy Wonka like I am, this is one event you do not want to miss!
- Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 8:00 PM
- Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:30 PM
- Friday, March 9, 2012 at 8:00 PM
- Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 3:00 PM
Approximate running time is 2.5 hours, with one intermission. Tickets start at just $21.70.
Photo credits: Courtesy of the St. Louis Opera