Coterie Social Narrative

Roald Dahl’s
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The world-famous Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory… but only to a lucky few!

When Charlie Bucket and the others find their golden tickets, their boring lives explode with color and confections beyond their wildest dreams. Join Charlie, Violet, Augustus, Veruca, and Mike Teavee as they embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination.

Based on the cherished novel by Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory features songs from the original motion picture, including Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley’s “Candy Man,” “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” “Oompa Loompa Song,” and “Pure Imagination.” It also adds a magical original score composed by Marc Shaiman with lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the wildly inventive writers of Hairspray.

Live on stage June 18 – August 4, 2024 

Sensory Friendly Performances: July 18 at 1 pm and July 19 at 7 pm

I am going to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory presented by actors at The Coterie Theatre.

This is what The Coterie looks like.

Our actors have invited me to see Willy Wonka, Charlie, and more friends on stage.

I am so excited to travel to The Coterie to see this play!

When I get to Crown Center, I might walk in from outside, or I might come from the parking garage.

It might be loud in Crown Center. I can cover my ears or bring headphones to wear.

The Coterie is inside Crown Center. Crown Center is big. It has places to shop, play, and eat.

I might smell food and cooking. I can cover my nose. I will be okay.

First, I will find The Coterie’s lobby.

I might have to stand in line to buy tickets at the Box Office or wait my turn to go inside the theater.

There are many different things to look at on the walls in the lobby.

I can also see posters of all the shows from this season.

Once I get checked in and it is my turn to go inside, a person called the House Manager will show me where to sit.  I might sit on the floor or in a chair.

After I sit down, we will wait until everyone is ready to start the show.

If I need to use the restroom before the show, there are family restrooms in Crown Center by the escalators across from The Coterie.

If I am feeling overwhelmed by the crowd or loud noises, my grown up can check out a sensory kit from the box office.

I can use the items in this kit before, during, and after the show, and return them to the box office window before I leave.   

*These kits are available on a first come, first serve basis.

I will know it is almost time for the show to start when I hear an actor’s voice on the speaker.

I will turn my eyes to the stage to see the show begin.

On the stage, Charlie and the other characters might look different from the movies.

The actors are wearing costumes and pretending to be characters in the story.

These costumes were chosen and made specially for this show.

Some of these costumes have screens, use masks, or change size!

During the show, there might be different colored lights and sounds that help tell the story.

The lights and sounds might get bright and loud but they will not hurt me. If the noise gets too loud, I can cover my ears or wear headphones.

These moments will be modified for our Sensory Friendly Performances.

Most often, I will see the actors in front of me on stage. There are times when they walk, stand, or move in the audience.

I might have to turn my head to see them, or they might be standing very close. If they are close to me, I know I am safe and they will not touch me.

When I see things I like or think are funny, I can clap my hands or laugh. Others may also clap their hands and laugh too.

I can cover my ears or wear headphones if it is too loud for me.

If I need to take a break, I can ask an adult to go with me back out to the lobby.

We will find the exit sign and walk out of the theater together.

I know the show is almost over when the actors bow.

It may be loud as people will clap and cheer. If it is too loud for me, I can cover my ears or wear headphones.

After the show is over, the lights will come back on and everyone will leave the theater. The aisles may be crowded as everyone exits.

I will pay attention to my grown-up to help me safely wait my turn to use the aisle and exit through the doors.

At home I can tell my family or draw a picture all about my friends from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at The Coterie!

Social narrative created by The Coterie’s Education Department. Production photography by Paul Andrews.