‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ comes to DPAC

By Hollyann Gardner
Times-News correspondent 

 

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Daniel Quadrino as Mike Teavee and company in Roald Dahl’s "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." [Joan Marcus

   The national touring production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will visit the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) next week.
Daniel “Danny” Quadrino plays Goldent Ticket winner Mike Teavee. Though Mike and the other Golden Ticket winners are small children in the film version, they are played by adults in the stage production.
“I definitely have some similarities with Mike, and it’s nice to tap into that younger self because sometimes we all wish that we could be young again,” Quadrino said in a recent phone interview. “I’m still young and we’re all still young, but it’s fun to tap in that little childhood me that’s inside there.”
Quadrino shared his typical pre-show routine that gets him energized for the show.
“I share a dressing room with Matt Wood who plays Augustus, and so usually the two of us, depending on how we feel, will just hang out, talk about the day, play some music to pump us up, and then get out there and do the thing.”
Energy is definitely important to play a character like Mike Teavee.
“All of the Golden Ticket winners — the mean ones — they’re all unapologetically just themselves,” Quadrino said. “Mike just lives out loud and he does not say sorry or take no for an answer.”
The classic story is wonderfully reflected on stage, in fact, according to Quadrino, it is closer to the original story found in the book by Roald Dahl than either of the film adaptations.
Quadrino said he hopes audiences will be inspired by the performance.
“I hope that people leave the show smiling,” he said. “It’s a cautionary tale that you need to follow the rules to a certain extent, but you need to march to the beat of your own drum. So I hope they get that, and they leave knowing that who you are is who you’re supposed to be.”

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12-14; 8 p.m. Feb. 15; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 16; and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), 123 Vivian St., Durham. Tickets are $31 and up and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.

Hollyann Gardner is a high school junior at Alamance Community College and a Teens & 20s writer.

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