June 21-30, 2019
Opening Night on Friday, June 21, 2019

adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy A. McDonald
lyrics and music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
based on the book, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl
directed by Anna Kimmell

The scrumdidilyumptious adventures of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory light up the stage this summer at The Rep. Featuring many of the enchanting songs from the 1971 film, generations of candy lovers will delight in this devilishly delicious adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic tale, brought to life by a company of young artists. Grab your golden ticket to see Willy Wonka Jr.!

The Rep’s Director of Education Anna Kimmell says, “We’re thrilled to showcase the amazing talent of our local young artists and offer both performance and training opportunities for generations to come here at The Rep.”

*This production is an add-on to the 2019 season subscription. 


Regular Performances

Friday, June 21 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 22 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m.

Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m. (ASL-interpreted)

Friday, June 28 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 29 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 30 at 2 p.m.


Thursday, June 27, at 7 p.m., is an American Sign Language-interpreted performance

Pre-Show Choir

A pre-show choir composed of Education @ The Rep students will perform a short collection of musical theatre repertoire in The Rep’s lobby before Willy Wonka Jr. performances on June 21, 23, 28 and 30. The choir includes:

  • Ana Alba
  • Ava St. Ana
  • Ava Cassidy
  • Sadie Edwards
  • Samantha Fuller
  • Vivi Green
  • Helen Humphries
  • Matthew Lamb
  • Sylvie Moore
  • Kathryn Morris
  • Lena Nelson
  • McKenzie Owens
  • Olivia De Rossitte
  • LeslieJo Sullivan

Cast Meet & Greet @ Loblolly

Thursday, June 6, 6-8 p.m.
Loblolly Creamery, 1423 Main St., Little Rock

Join the cast at Loblolly for photos and the unveiling of a Wonka-inspired Loblolly flavor ice cream.


Thursday, June 20, 12 p.m.

Join members of the cast and creative team for a panel discussion on this production.


Friday, June 21, 6 p.m.
The Rep, 601 Main St., Little Rock
Sponsored by Innovation Hub

Before the 7 p.m. performance, try your hand at being a scientist like Wonka! The Innovation Hub will offer STEM-related, hands-on activities for kids and families in The Rep’s lobby.

Anna Kimmell (Director/Choreographer) is an actor and educator from Atlanta, Ga. After receiving her BFA in Music Theatre from Elon University, she performed throughout the country in regional and touring companies. From 2013-2016, Anna served as the Director of Education at Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, Va. In August 2016, she began as the Director of Education at The Rep, spearheading year-round education and engagement programs for youth and adults. Recent projects include serving as an adjunct professor at Hollins University, leading theatre workshops for rural students in Los Andes, Chile, directing a staged reading of Chelsea Clinton's She Persisted Around the World, and serving as a guest instructor at the Little Rock Tap Festival. Anna is inspired by the creativity, compassion, and talents of the young artists of Arkansas and believes that experiences in the arts will help build the next generation of kind and collaborative citizens. 

Mark Binns (Music Director) is an internationally sought-after musical director, composer, arranger, pianist, vocalist, and educator. Mark, originally from Little Rock, is back at The Rep for his 8th consecutive summer working with some of Central Arkansas’ most amazing young artists. He has been involved in 30+ Rep productions, serving as musical director for Sister Act, The Bridges of Madison County, Les Misérables, Memphis, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, White Christmas and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Last year, Mark toured as the associate musical director for Motown The Musical. He recently was the musical director for Jersey Boys and ¡Havana! (directed by Warren Carlyle) on Norwegian Cruise Line. He has directed/performed at Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre (Oliver!, Pippin, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, The Music Man), Lincoln Center (New York), Utah Shakespeare Festival, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, The Studio Theatre, Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, Argenta Community Theatre, Young Actors' Guild of Fort Smith, Hendrix College, and University of Central Arkansas. Next up: Mark heads out with the Rent 20th anniversary tour. @mark_binns

Zachery Ingersoll (Assistant Director) has worked in educational theatre at the Arizona Theatre Company, The Naples Players in Naples, Fla., Argenta Community Theater and, of course, at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre where he serves as the education assistant. Zachery's directing credits include The Survivor (The Weekend Theater), Consensual (The Weekend Theater), The Seagull (Little Rock Theatre Guild), The Call (Arkansas Repertory Theatre, ass't), The Rocky Horror Show (The Weekend Theater, ass't), The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Arkansas Repertory Theatre, directing intern), The Addams Family (Arizona Theatre Company, ass't), I am Emily Doe (Henderson State University, workshop), The Playboy of the Western World (Henderson State University, ass't), and subUrbia (Henderson State University). Instagram/Twitter: @thezingersoll

Merit Glover (Production Stage Manager) is currently a production assistant at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, and works as a stage manager, playwright, and stitcher. Since graduating from Case Western Reserve University with a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts and Spanish, they’ve worked with the Cleveland Public Theatre and Tuacahn Center for the Arts, as well as spending time in Oregon and Virginia. Favorite credits include CPT’s American Dreams (Assistant Stage Manager), and Players’ Theatre Group’s Stupid F**king Bird (Dramaturg/Sound Designer) and Elektra (Director).

Adrian Griffey (Assistant Stage Manager) is grateful to be part of Arkansas Repertory. From Orlando, Adrian is a recent graduate of Valencia College. Some of his credits include working with STAGES St. Louis as a 2018 stage management intern for Oklahoma! and as stage manager for Generation Productions’ 2017 production of Hand to God.

Joshua Marchesi (Production Manager) is joining the Rep after 10 years as Production Manager for South Coast Repertory in Southern California. During his time there he was responsible for guiding the development of over 170 productions, including world premieres of over 50 new plays, many of which have gone on to New York and Regional productions. Among his favorites were A Doll’s House Part 2, Vietgone, The Language Archives, and Office Hour. Originally from San Francisco, Joshua graduated from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in 1981. He has been working full time as a production manager since 1995, including stints at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Walton Arts Center, Marin Theatre Company, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and the San Francisco Fringe Festival. Joshua loves being able to straddle the practical and artistic worlds through production management and looks forward to new discoveries here at The Rep.

Holly Payne (Costume Designer) currently serves as the Costume Designer at Hendrix College. She has also designed for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Skylight Opera Theatre (Milwaukee), Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks (Milwaukee), Delaware Theatre Company, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Florentine Opera Company (Milwaukee), Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Riverside Theater (Vero Beach, Fla.), First Stage Children’s Theater (Milwaukee), University of Tulsa, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, University of Arkansas, Parkview Arts and Science High School, Wildwood Park for the Arts, TheatreSquared and Argenta Community Theater. She’s a proud Union member of USA Local 829. She thanks her impressive family and her sweet husband, Aaron.

Lynda J. Kwallek (Properties Designer) is in her 14th year at Arkansas Rep. Lynda holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Kent State University in Ohio, and an MFA in Theatre from Illinois State University in Normal. Lynda spent many years in Houston at the Alley Theatre, where she held a variety of positions in the properties shop, including properties master, assistant and shopper. During her tenure at the Alley, Lynda worked on approximately 200 productions in the prop and scenic shops. Some of the memorable shows Lynda has worked on include Not about Nightingale’s, Angels in America, Jekyll & Hyde, Civil War and House and Garden. Prior to the Alley, she was staff designer at the University of Houston Clear Lake School of Theatre and Dance and served as designer/ technical director for the Houston Shaw Festival. While in Houston, Lynda worked with the Shakespeare Festival and the Children’s Festival at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park in the properties department. Lynda is a member of the Society of Properties Artisan Managers (S*P*A*M).

Josh Anderson (Lighting Designer) is an Arkansas native and UCA graduate with more than 15 years of experience in the arts and entertainment industry. His positions have ranged from concept development, scenic design, lighting design, projection design and project management for stage, concerts and events. Design credits include The Merry Wives of Windsor with Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, The Little Prince with L.A.-based puppet company Swazzle, Troubled Island with Opera In the Rock and, most recently, Madama Butterfly. Josh is the founder and chief designer of Anderson Arts & Entertainment which offers collaborative insight and project management to help creative projects reach their full potential. Josh is excited to be part of the collaborative team here at the Arkansas Rep.

Luke Mitchell (Sound Designer) is new to the world of theatre and is extremely humbled and grateful to be a part of the Rep team. He earned a bachelor’s degree in recording industry from Middle Tennessee State University and is looking forward to bringing creative, immersive sound design to Rep productions. Luke would like to thank his wife, Anita, for her never-ending support and the crew at Bylites, without whom he would not have this opportunity.

Mike Nichols (Resident Set Designer/Technical Director) is grateful for the clutch support of Rep patrons and backers from all over Arkansas before and during the recent unpleasantness. He looks forward to resuming the work he began in 1982 with your continued support.

Because each individual theatregoer is different, The Rep offers suitability suggestions for every production. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness, or stage effects that might have a bearing on your comfort, please call the Box Office at (501) 378-0405.


Characters Smoke Onstage No  
Characters Drink Beer Onstage No  
Drug Use Depicted No  
Violence Depicted/Referenced No Children in situations of comedic peril
Partial Nudity No  
Sexual/Suggestive Content No  
Profanity (including non-English profanity) No  


ONSTAGE Gunshots No  
OFFSTAGE Gunshots No  
Fog/Smoke TBD  


The exact use potentially sensory-disturbing production elements are not determined until at least one week prior to the opening of the show. 


Yes Bright lights onstage, strobe lights TBD, dark in audience seating
Sounds Yes There are brief moments of yelling
Music Yes Music is used throughout


Topics of Discussion in the Play: Poverty, gambling, gluttony


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