Michigan native performing in 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' musical at the Detroit Opera House

Posted at 5:58 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 18:01:02-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Detroit Opera House has transformed into a world of pure imagination!

The hit musical, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is captivating crowds with the popular tale of Charlie, Willie Wonka and the elusive golden ticket.

It's based on the Roald Dahl classic that became a popular film starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. Caitlin Lester-Sams is happy to return home to Michigan to play "Mrs. Bucket."

Lester-Sams is from Troy and is a graduate of Western Michigan University. She stopped by 7 Action News' downtown studio to talk about the show.

You can catch the show now through March 1.

Tickets went on sale in November 2019, starting at $29. Tickets can be purchased online at or and by phone at 800-982-2787.