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Abbotsford’s Ignite Theatre presents Willy Wonka in Chilliwack

Musical theatre program stages production from May 22 to 25
Ignite Theatre presents its production of Willy Wonka from May 22 to 25, featuring Spencer Danek as the title character along with Zac Olofson, McKinley Giesbrecht, Adalia De jong, Sydney Bruneski, Anneka Vanderwoerd and Bethany Freebairn as Oompa Loompas. (Photo by Kevin Brown)

An Abbotsford-based musical theatre program presents its production of Willy Wonka from May 22 to 25 in Chilliwack.

The production by Ignite Theatre takes place at the Hub International Theatre at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.

Willy Wonka is a fictional character appearing in British author Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Ignite Theatre’s production depicts the timeless tale of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir, while heralding the themes of humility and resting in contentment rather than pining for more.

Ignite Theatre, now in its 11th year, is the performing arts department of Heritage Christian Online School. The group practises each week in Abbotsford and performs every May at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.

“We are honoured to be a part of the thriving arts community with our immersive performing arts program, and we can’t wait to captivate audiences with our high-calibre performances this May,” said executive producer Allana Lemke.

Students in the group are in Grades 5 to 12, and most are from Abbotsford and Chilliwack, with a few from Mission, Langley and White Rock.

Past performances include Annie JR (2014), Disney’s My Son Pinocchio JR (2015), Seussical JR (2016), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2017), Cinderella (2018), Peter Pan (2019), Disney’s Newsies (2020/21), Mary Poppins (2022), and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2023).

Showtimes for Willy Wonka are 7 p.m. each night, with a 1 p.m. matinee on Saturday, May 25.

Tickets are $27 for adults and $22 for students/seniors. They are available at and at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre box office.

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