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The Candy Man Comes to Sussex County


NEWTON, NJ - Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory filled with surprises of all shapes and sizes will don the stage at Sussex County Community College in Drama Geek Studios’ production of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, a musical. Written by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald, with music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, Willy Wonka is directed by Joshua Reed and produced by Drama Geek Studios and SCCC, and will be held during the weekends of February 3, 4, & 5 and the following weekend, February 10, 11, & 12, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m. with matinees on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. The Saturday afternoon matinee will be performed by the understudy cast.

Tickets can be pre-ordered or reserved by going to or by calling 973-512-8251. Tickets pre-ordered or reserved are $15 for senior citizens and students age 17 and younger and $20 for adults.  All tickets purchased at the door without a reservation are $25.  Sussex County Community College’s Performing Arts Center is located at 1 College Hill Road, Newton, NJ.


Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka,(played by Phil Cocilovo of Montague, N.J. and understudied by Jeffrey Prol JR. of Sparta, N.J.)  as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious 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 insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory... or suffer the consequences.

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This production features the heartwarming, comical, and iconic characters of Roald Dahl’s novel and the 1971 classic film.  This productions cast includes Dan Reed as Grandpa Joe, Pete Reynolds as Mr. Bucket, Vicky Reed as Mrs. Bucket, Lori Tomlin as Ms. Teevee, Michelle Kloian as Ms. Beauregarde, Genevieve Pilat as Grandma Josephine, Connor Nelms as Phineous Trout and Joshua Reed as Mr. Salt as well as a very large cast of young actors from throughout Sussex County.  The production team of Willy Wonka includes musical director Dr. Deborah Gianuzzi, stage manager Meg Callan, assistant stage manager Olivia Tomlin, choreographer Matt Fralley, and costume and props mistresses Lori Tomlin and Wendy Kimble.

About Drama Geek Studios:

Drama Geek Studios, a non-profit community theater located in Newton, NJ, is a fun, interactive learning environment centered around the performing arts. Drama Geek Studios firmly believes that by developing creativity, fostering individuality, and allowing inspiration to be pursued, we become more productive people.  We offer an opportunity for people young and old to come to our studio, take a class or two, have some fun and get geeky with us!  Anyone with an interest in live theater can audition and participate without a participation fee.  Drama Geek Studios is located at 13 Washington Street, Newton, NJ.  For more information about classes and upcoming performances and auditions, visit or call 973-512-8251.

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