ST. CLOUD -- GREAT Theatre's scrumdiddlyumptious performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory hits the Paramount stage this weekend.

The story follows Charlie Bucket on his journey through Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Shelby Desautell plays the legendary candy man and says she's embraced the roll.

"I was asked a lot which Wonka rendition I would do, but I'm really doing my own thing and bringing the audience a whole new Willy Wonka," says Desautell.

Actor Tate Nordlund plays golden ticket winner Mike TV in the show. He says with audiences knowing of the popular movies it's important to bring the characters we've grown to love to life.

"Once you get on stage you need to think not what you would do in a situation, but what would Mike TV do in that instance," says Nordlund.

While some of the songs and dances may be similar to what you've seen in the movies, Kayli Clymer says they've sprinkled in a few surprises along the way.

"There is a lot of different elements we've added in to make it cool and awesome. Live theater is always a lot better then watching it in the movies," says Clymer.

The is GREAT Theatre's second performance of the season. Showtimes run Friday starting at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Ticket's are $13 and can be found at the Paramount Theatre box office.


(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)