Monday, October 27, 2008

Willy Wonka Chocolates bring big prizes

In anticipation of the Manatee Players' upcoming December show "Willy Wonka," the community theater is selling Willy Wonka candy bars - Lindt's milk chocolate, toffee crunch and white chocolate with coconut - for $5 a piece. And just like the story, a few lucky candy buyers may find a golden ticket sticker inside their chocolate bar.

Those who find a golden ticket will win a special prize. Prizes include a theater ticket package to the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, the Van Wezel and the opportunity to be a bat boy or girl for the Pittsburgh Pirates at a pre-season game.

One golden ticket has already sufaced in the area from Kristi Woodruff. She won a trip to Jungle Gardens, a candy gift basket, two $25 gift certificates to Mattison’s Riverside and a one-night walk-on role in the Manatee Players production of "Willy Wonka" in December. Sounds like a cool deal!

Get your Willy Wonka candy at the Manatee Players' box office and at the concession stand during performances at its Riverfront Theatre location: 102 Old Main St., downtown Bradenton. You may just be a lucky winner too.

Pictured: Manatee Players Managing Artistic Director Rick Kerby and Kristi Woodruff

- January Holmes

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