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      Tyler's Travels: Willy Wonka and 98 kids

      COLUMBIA (WACH) â?? Tylerâ??s Travel Log:

      Ahh the chocolate, and the umpa-lumpas, and did I mention the chocolate? We went road trippinâ?? to Lexington to the stage of the Village Square Theatre to meet the under 21 cast of Willy Wonka Jr.

      This was my first time at the Village Square stage, and wasnâ??t prepared for what I saw. According to Troy Fite, the president of the community theatre in the heart of Lexington, on Caughman Road, was originally a movie theater, but has been expanded, and retro fitted to accommodate. The impressive set for Willy Wonka took over 50 man hours to design, build, paint, and dress, all done by volunteers in the community.

      The production has two casts, ranging in ages from 4-years-old to 21, is 98 strong, and they were wide eyed, in costume and character, and ready to hit the stage when the Tylerâ??s Travels Team arrived at zero dark thirty.

      In speaking with many of the young cast, they were excited to be a part of the production, and ready for the 3 week run of the show, which opens Friday, and runs through March 23.

      You can get more information about the play, other shows they are putting on, and ticket info HERE , or by calling 803-359-1436.

      The Village Square is always looking for kids and adults with the acting bug to audition, build, direct, and be a part of this community gem.

      And in case you were wondering about the secret to walking like an umpa-lumpa, Isabelle Gunter shared her 6 years of wisdom â?? â??Just waddle.â??

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