Blackbird Academy of Arts in Conway will present Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Play, Friday March 9 and Saturday March 10 in Conway.

Based on a 1964 children's novel by British author Roald Dahl, the story features the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka.

Young Charlie Bucket (Keaton Olive of Greenbrier) who lives in poverty with his parents and both sets of grandparents, learns of of the reopening of a chocolate factory headed by eccentric choclatier, Willy Wonka (Liberty Dickson of Conway).

Wonka announces that he will be putting five golden tickets into select Wonka Bars which would allow five children to tour his factory for a day.

The first four tickets are quickly found by food loving Augustus Gloop (Avery Ferguson of Conway), spoiled brat Veruca Salt (Ava Piraino of Conway), gum enthusiast Violet Beauregarde (Lindsey Morrison of Conway) and TV addicted Mike Teavee (Ana Skinner of Conway).

Charlie finds a way to buy a Wonka Bar and finds the final ticket. He picks his grandfather to accompany him to the factory, and wacky adventures ensue.

Madison Wilson of the Blackbird Academy faculty is the Performance Director, with Brittany Sproles serving as costume designer, and Josh Anderson as the set designer.

"I am so excited for opening night," Wilson told the Log Cabin, "My actors have been working so hard and are so enthusiastic about this show and I cannot wait for everyone to see all of their hard work to pay off."

"I am so proud of them and all they have been able to accomplish in this short 9 week process," added Wilson.

Blackbird Academy of Arts in Conway will present Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Play, Friday March 9, at 7 p.m., and Saturday March 10, at 2 p.m., at Antioch Baptist Church, 150 Amity Road, in Conway.

The public is invited to attend at no charge. Reservations are not required.

Following the performance on March 10, the 2018-2019 Blackbird will host their Season Launch Party.

The public is invited to attend to hear about 2018-19 Summer Camps and Season Productions. Free registration for summer camps will be offered, as well as audition information, giveaways, refreshments, and photo opportunities with Cinderella, the Little Mermaid, and Belle.

Prior to the public performances, a free field trip is being offered to K-12 students to attend a performance of the play on Friday, March 9 at Antioch Baptist Church.

Teaching tools will be provided to participating schools, including educational material about theatre productions, as well as classroom activity guides that relate the stories to state literacy standards. There is no charge, but reservations must be made by contacting Ann Turney, (501) 472-7303, by March 1.

Blackbird Academy productions are funded through the generosity of sponsors. Centennial Bank is a Cast Sponsor of Charlie and the Chocolate, with the Conway Advertising and Promotion Commission as a Supporting Sponsor.

Blackbird Academy of Arts is a not-for-profit organization designed to provide quality, accessible creative arts opportunities to the Central Arkansas community.