While raising children, Denise Meagher, a returning area native, became a published freelance writer, voice over talent and enthusiastic community theatre participant. She loves reading, writing, traveling, time with friends and most of her family and empty-nesting with husband, Ted.
I've seen both renditions of the Willy Wonka films. They're a fun ride through the fantastical; and there's no doubt one needs a good imagination to enjoy the tale; hence, my not being able to wrap my own imagination around this being a stage production. I mean there's a chocolate river and the girl who blows up like a blueberry and a lot of scenes that require not only pure imagination but a great deal of thoughtful creativity. And, they did it!
With the collective and wonderful imaginations of John Cramer, (Director), Sallie Burkard, (Costume Designer), Michael Talaska, (Scenic Designer/Master Carpenter/Properties Designer), Aaron Schmidt, (Lighting/Sound Designer), Anthony Mackie, (Wig Master), David Bonofiglio, (Music Director), Katie Danner, (Stage Manager) and the entire run crew and cast - it's being done and done well at the Waukesha Civic Theatre. Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka is running one more weekend, August 12-14, 2011. It's an enjoyable production;one you and your family will love.