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Tonight was the start of the Iroquois Amphitheatre musicals, to which I have season tickets courtesy of Josh's mother. The opening number: Willy Wonka. I walked away with mixed feelings. First off, the actor playing Willa Wonka was great. Of course, I am a little bias because he also starred in my favorite play two years ago, Brigadoon. Many of the actors should find new hobbies. It may sound harsh, but when you are charging for seats to an outdoor theatre in the heat of summer, you better cast professional actors. I felt as thought I was in a high school auditorium.

That being said, the play did have a few redeeming qualities. The costumes were marvelous. I would show you pictures, but the amphitheatre has a strict no camera policy. Willy Wonka's velvet suit jacket with hot pink and orange trim around the cuffs and under the flipped up, curly jacket tails was superb. The Oompa Loompa's  costumes were over sized white overalls over purple turtle necks and accented with purple wigs. I didn't miss the orange and green one bit.

One of my favorite scenes in the whole play, and probably the only reason I walked away with positive feelings about the experience was the journey on the boat down the chocolate river. I was very curious how they were going to pull it off and I was pleasantly surprised. The entire stage was pitch black. Black lights came on and illuminated the bright, white Wonka boat. Only bits and pieces of the actors clothes glowed. Stage hands dressed head to toe in black held cutouts of leaf-like shapes in neon greens and oranges. They fluttered and danced across the stage to give the illusion that the boat was moving. It really brought to life the psychedelic scene in the movie. It was wondrous.

Goodnight Charlie Bucket.

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