Wonka, Junior

Area youth are seen here rehearsing for the debut of this year’s Monticello Theatre Association Youth Musical, “Willy Wonka Jr.” this Friday night. Performances will run through July 27 at MTA’s Phoenix Theatre. Portraying the Bucket family are (left) Dylan Hill, Charlie Johnson and Zoe Burris; and (right) Ken Merriman, Hailey Culpepper and Lucas Madera. Not pictured is Aliyah Ellison.

Area youth will present “Willy Wonka Jr.” July 19-27 at the Monticello Theatre Association’s Phoenix Theatre in Monticello.

The MTA’s annual children’s production can be enjoyed by the entire family. 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.

Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder and new songs by Leslie Bricusse (“Jekyll & Hyde,” “Doctor Dolittle”) and Anthony Newley, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr. has been created with educators and student performers in mind. Filled with imaginative design possibilities, it will take audiences on a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination.

Show times are at 7:30 p.m. July 19, 20, 25 and 27; and at 2:30 p.m. July 21 and 27.

Tickets may be purchased online, in advance or at the door. Tickets purchased at the door are sold on a first come, first served basis and are going fast.

Questions about tickets may be directed to Lana Ross at 217-762-2679 or by emailing tickets@monticellotheatre.org.