Based on the famous novel by Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory features an original score composed by Marc Shaiman with lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) and a book by David Greig. The score also pays homage to the Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley score from the 1971 film with songs from the motion picture including “Candy Man,” “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” “Oompa Loompa Song,” and “Pure Imagination.”

The world-famous Willy Wonka is opening the gates to his mysterious factory…but only to a lucky few. Young Charlie Bucket and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a life-changing journey through Wonka’s world of pure imagination including chocolate waterfalls, nutty squirrels and the great glass elevator, all to be revealed by Wonka’s army of curious Oompa-Loompas.


Book by
David Greig

Music by
Marc Shaiman

Lyrics by
Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman

Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).




creative team

Kade O'Rourke


After relocating from New South Wales in 2019, Kade made his Brisbane directorial debut with QMT’s 2019 production of Cats. His work received acclaimed reviews and earnt Kade a place as a Finalist in the Gold Palm Theatre Awards for Best Director of a Community Theatre Musical. Proving his diverse talent, Kade went on to direct Roald Dahl’s The Twits (2020) with Brisbane Arts Theatre, his first play. Kade’s previous directorial experience includes productions of Disney’s The Little Mermaid (2017), Legally Blonde The Musical (2016) and Grease (2015). He has also been involved in productions of The Wizard of Oz, Into The Woods, Beauty & The Beast, Chicago, Wicked, Annie and the Australian national tour of Kinky Boots.
Kade is ecstatic to present his second Roald Dahl show and invites you to experience a world of pure imagination at Phoenix Ensemble.

Sharing this creative experience with some of Brisbane’s best, Kade truly feels like he won a golden ticket by having Ben and Jaime at his side for this premiere production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Benjamin Tubb-Hearne

Musical Director.

Benjamin Tubb-Hearne is originally from London, UK and studied Tenor Horn and Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music. Aged 22, Benjamin moved to New York City, where his Musical Direction journey began at the French Woods Summer Camp. Here he musically directed and conducted over 20 shows, including Annie, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Curtains and Sweet Charity. It was also here that Benjamin found with his writing partner Ryan Jacobs, where they created 1 hour musical versions of popular movies for children including Toy Story, Enchanted and a Bugs Life, as well as creating their own superhero musical Powers.

In 2014, Benjamin & Ryan’s original full-length musical ‘Twisted’, a story which follows Little Blue Riding Hood’s search to find her real family premièred at the Playhouse Theatre at French Woods to much acclaim, and it is currently preparing for a second workshop.

Although Ben is relatively new to Brisbane he has burst onto the scene Musical Directing ‘The King and I’, ‘Chicago’ & ‘The Boy from Oz’ (Savoyards), ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’, ‘La Cage Aux Follies’, ‘Big Fish’, ‘Young Frankenstein’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ (Phoenix Ensemble).

Jaime O'Donoghue


Jaime bloomed when she went to her first Ballet class at age three. From Ballet she went on to accumulate into her ever growing repertoire many genres of dance such as Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. She has performed roles in The Drowsy Chaperone, Anything Goes and Urinetown. She also played lead roles in The Boyfriend (Hortense), Beauty and The Beast (Belle/Babette) and Legally Blonde the Musical (Serena). Jaime has recently choreographed Mary Poppins and Curtains at Ormiston College and is delighted to join this talented Creative Team to bring the Pure Imagination of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory to life!


cast & crew

Willy Wonka | Joshua Moore
Charlie Bucket | Lawson Berry
Mrs Bucket | Zoe Costello
Grandpa Joe | Shannon Foley
Augustus Gloop | Harley Coghlan
Mrs Gloop | Fiona Buchanan
Veruca Salt | Taylah Marie
Mr Salt | Tristan Ham
Violet Beauregarde | Ellen Axford
Mr. Beauregarde | Steven Days
Mike Teavee | Chris Drummond
Mrs. Teavee | Carly Quinn
Cherry Sunday | Abby Page
Jerry Jubilee | Daniel Lelic
Grandpa George | William Chen
Grandma Josephine | Sally Faint
Grandma Georgina | Laura Baker
Mrs Green | Aina Betts (Swing)

Specialty Dancers
Holly-Anna Doig, Juliette Ebert (Dance Captain), Samantha Graham (Swing), Ashley Van Litsenborgh, Victoria Sica (Swing), Tayla Simpson

Director Kade O’Rourke
Musical Director Benjamin Tubb-Hearne
Choreographer Jaime O’Donoghue
Stage Manager
Hazel McMurray
Lighting Design TBC
Lighting Operation TBC
Spotlight Operator TBC
Sound Jacob Cash
Set Design Justin Tubb-Hearne
Set Construction TBC
Costumes Justin Tubb-Hearne
Props TBC
Programme Design Benjamin Tubb-Hearne
Promotional Photography Benjamin Tubb-Hearne
Production Photography TBC
Musicians TBC