Last week we had the opportunity to attend Charlie and the Chocolate Factory thanks to IP Publicity and Make-A-Wish Australia. It was Tully's first time at a proper musical (and at something that ran so late) and she absolutely loved it!
Currently playing at the Capitol Theatre, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical is Roald Dahl's classic book, adapted for the stage. It features songs from the original film, including Pure Imagination, The Candy Man and I’ve Got a Golden Ticket, plus a whole heap of new ones.
Even though it didn't start 'til just after 7:30 pm (or finish til 10:15 pm!) Tully loved every minute of it. She was hooked from the opening scene and laughed and cheered the whole way through. Her favourite was the Oompa Loompas. I don't want to give anything away but the way they created them was very clever and funny.
In terms of appropriate ages - I probably would take kids younger than six (unless you think they can handle sitting still for a long time). It's quite long plus there is a scary scene involving the squirrels and Veruca Salt.
As I said, we were invited to the Make-A-Wish fundraiser, where over $33k was raised to help the wishes of children and teenagers battling life-threatening medical conditions come true. Every year, Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of over 500 children and teenagers and they do it with no government funding.
To help make wishes come true visit www.makeawish.org.au
To book your tickets to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in Sydney visit www.charliethemusical.com.au