"Who can take a sunrise Sprinkle it in dew Cover it in chocolate and a miracle or two?... The Candy Man can"

"Candy Man" from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

From July 29 to Aug. 20, the Empress Theatre will cater to a slightly younger crowd than usual for "Willy Wonka Junior" at the theater on Historic Main Street, Magna.

The show starts at 7:30 on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays and tickets are $11 each. The music and script are taken from the movie and adapted for the stage, so come relive childhood memories with this favorite, classic story.

Here's the Empress' description of the show: "Roald Dahl's timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory." Large Cast. Emphasis on including as many children as possible."

For more information, visit empresstheatre.com.

"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams," Willy Wonka states in the old-time favorite movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. And candy is definitely the material from which dreams sprout. Or so it is in my family, we all adore candy and, understandably, adore the story of Charlie and his journey to Wonka's factory.

Candy has always been the stickiness that binds my family together. To this day, we play bingo at family reunions, and the winners are awarded first choice from the candy stash while the rest of us look on with envy.

And forget wooing with flowers; every guy who has gotten on my sweet side knows what wins my affection: gummies. Most of my suitors (the successful ones) have shown up at my doorstep with either packages of Bright Crawler gummy worms or bags of gumballs. The old saying goes that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Well, I think the saying should go for women as well.

So, what better opportunity than the "Willy Wonka Junior" production to secure and strengthen your sweet spot in the life of the person you love?

Just remember to bring along some candy for the show. If the play is anything like the movie, I'm salivating for a bar of chocolate from the very beginning.