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Charlie Bucket (Madeline Voigt, right) helps Grandpa Joe (Jenna Laney) walk for the first time in 20 years in a rehearsal for “Willy Wonka” on Friday. The Ballet Academy of Moses Lake will be presenting the show Wednesday and Thursday.

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‘Pure imagination’
June 1, 2022 1:20 a.m.

‘Pure imagination’

Ballet Academy of Moses Lake presents ‘Willy Wonka’

MOSES LAKE — Dancers will tap, swoop and spin their way across the Moses Lake High School stage as the Moses Lake Ballet Academy presents its “Willy Wonka” Thursday. The performance will draw on both the 1970 movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” with Gene Wilder in the title role and the 2005 movie “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as the eccentric confectioner. Both films are adaptations of the 1964 children’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl. “I kind of took my own spin on it and developed a show based on those two movies,” said Rian Miles, co-director of the academy and the show’s choreographer. “There's gonna be jazz and tap, lyrical and hip hop in the show. It'll go through each character and give the story of the show.” ...