Charlie and friends come to naperville!

By Rich Helmin


Some movies are classics that will forever be remembered. After all, who hasn’t seen “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”? If you somehow missed out on your childhood and don’t even know what I’m talking about, then stop reading this article and rent it right now! It is a timeless classic that never gets old—the only thing that has aged, of course, is the original cast.

Forty years after the release date of the movie, the cast will be making their way to the Hollywood Boulevard Theater during the weekend of December 9th. We will finally get the chance to meet the five children, now adults, which inspired us and taught us the lesson that good always prevails.

For those of you that are movie fanatics or maybe just grew up with the movie, this is an opportunity you will not want to miss!

The guests  include Peter Ostrum, Michael Bollner, Denise Nickerson, Paris Themmen and Julie Dawn Cole, who played the parts of Charlie Bucket, Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teevee, and Veruca Salt, respectively.

Along with meeting the cast, guests will be able to take their pictures and get autographs from the actors. I would recommend bringing extra money, just in case, because a picture or an autograph will usually cost around twenty dollars each. Guests can bring their own pictures or DVDS to get signed as well.

The cast will also appear at the Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville on Saturday, Dec. 10th.  Like the other celebrity events held at Hollywood Boulevard, guests are required to arrive early to reserve a good spot in line to meet the cast members.

The seating is on a first come first served basis, so the earlier you go, the more likely you are to get a good seat in the theatre. Guests are able to order their tickets online so that can guarantee that they will meet the cast members. Tickets are on sale now! Don’t wait until the last minute to get your tickets because they will most likely sell out quickly!

The Hollywood Boulevard Theater is located at 1001 West 75th Street Woodridge, Ill, 60517 and the Hollywood Palms is located at 352 South Route 59 Naperville, Ill 60540. Get your tickets today and go meet the cast of Willy Wonka! Who knows, maybe you’ll run into an oompa loompa while in line!