Pacific Okinawa Players Performs Youth Musical “Willy Wonka Jr"

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Pacific Okinawa Players Performs Youth Musical “Willy Wonka Jr"

by: Amy Pastoor | .
Pacific Okinawa Players | .
published: February 01, 2017

“Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination.” The opening lines to Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR.; presented by Pacific Okinawa Players (POPs), the only community theatre organization on island committed to providing quality live theatre experiences for all SOFA members, both onstage and off.  Join us at the Community Center Theatre on Camp Foster as our young performers bring to life one of Roald Dahl’s most beloved stories.

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. is the story of Charlie Bucket and all your favorite “Golden Ticket” winners and songs that you remember from the 1971 film featuring Gene Wilder, rest in peace. In addition to strolling down memory lane you’ll be surprised and delighted by some of the updates provided by the playwrights and composers: Leslie Bricusse, Timothy Allen-McDonald, and Anthony Newley.

The plot is familiar to most: Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. follows enigmatic candy man, Willy Wonka, as he holds a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his world-famous 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 the brats you love to hate, but the fifth is a sweet child named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of her equally affable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences and the Oompa Loompas.

This production is led by POPs’ Artistic Director and the seasoned Youth Musical Director, Christine Smith. She is backed by a wonderful production team: Assistant Director (Head Oompa Loompa): Kelly Dolan; Art Director: Heather Yeatman; Music Director: Melanie Bales; Producer: Becky Thomas; Stage Manager: Sara Vetter; Choreographer: Amy Pastoor; Sound Design: Jeff and Heather Yeatman, and Light Engineer: Gary Hughes. The cast welcomes back some of our young performing veterans and welcomes fresh-debut-talents as well. All together the cast includes 35 of our best young talent, ages 8-18.

The show runs from 2/10-2/12 and 2/17-2/19. Show times can be found on our website at Tickets may only be purchased at the door. The Box Office will open one hour before show time. Golden-Ticket Prices are as follows: Adult tickets $10 and Children/Student tickets $5. This is Theatre for Young Performers at its best. We hope to see you in the audience, all ages are welcome!  

The Pacific Okinawa Players is an all-volunteer non-profit community organization dedicated to providing high quality live theater to all military and SOFA status personnel stationed on Okinawa, Japan. We strive to promote education and continued development of the performing arts through the POPs Ed Kirsten Scholarship Fund. For more information please visit or email us at