MEDIA ADVISORY: Special Performances of Willy Wonka the Musical at the Palace Theatre to Benefit Nationwide Childrens Hospital

February 24, 2015

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is making way for scrumdidilyumptious fun. This Feb. 27 at 10:30 a.m., Pleasure Guild of Nationwide Children’s will give Columbus City School students an exclusive sneak peek of Willy Wonka the Musical before the curtain goes up opening night. The annual family friendly, Broadway-quality production benefits central Ohio’s only pediatric hospice and palliative care program. Media are invited to attend the sneak peek:

Who: Pleasure Guild of Nationwide Children’s Hospital

When: Friday, Feb. 27 at 10:30 a.m.

Where: The Palace Theatre, located at 34 W Broad St.

Pleasure Guild will also be hosting a dress rehearsal on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m., which media are also invited to attend.

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka follows mysterious candy maker Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets among millions of Wonka bars around the globe. Whoever discovers these tickets will win a free tour of the fantastical Wonka factory whose gate had been shut years prior, along with a lifetime supply of candy. Wonka-mania ensues worldwide as 5 winners are selected, among them the likeable Charlie Bucket. Filled with wonders of pure imagination, Oompa Loompas and marvelous surprises, the children learn they must follow Wonka’s rules—or suffer the consequences. This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight the young and the young at heart.

To enjoy the Willy Wonka experience at the Palace Theatre, tickets are available at or at the CAPA Ticket Office. For more information about Pleasure Guild or Willy Wonka or to purchase tickets, please visit or call CAPA at 614-469-0939.
Performance Schedule
Friday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m.

About Pleasure Guild
Pleasure Guild is the oldest woman’s auxiliary of Nationwide Children's Hospital, dating back to 1908. The organization is dedicated to raising funds, more than $200,000 annually, for central Ohio’s only pediatric hospice and palliative care program. The money Pleasure Guild raises goes to support crucial services for children facing terminal and life-limiting illnesses. The hospice team offers life enhancing services such as an on-call nurse 24/7, massage therapy, chaplain services, emotional counseling and grief counseling for the families for up to two years after the child’s passing. But perhaps, most importantly, it allows these children to remain comfortably at home, rather than in a hospital.

Media Contact: Alexandra Pendery
(614) 570-6153

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at