We are excited to welcome back Erika Kunath, you may remember her as Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat from earlier this season at French Creek Theatre.  She’s playing Grandma Georgina/Mrs. Gloop in our production of Willy Wonka running August 11-20.

erika kunath

Tell us a little about yourself?

Erika is happy to be returning to French Creek. This is her second show with French Creek, her first being Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat last spring in the role of Pharaoh. In her spare time, Erika is an avid karaoker, a Certified Cicerone, and an artist. She would like to send a shout out to her family for always supporting her, her coworkers at Sherwin Williams for being so flexible with her rehearsal and show schedule, and her many friends that continue to come see her perform as well as perform with her.

Although the odds are nearly impossible, it’s Charlie Bucket’s dream to find a golden ticket and win a tour of Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.  What’s your “golden ticket” dream?

Zero debt, eight English Mastiffs, and trombonist in a Zydeco jazz band in New Orleans that plays at a jazz bar that I own…


Charlie Bucket’s family barely gets by living in a cramped house with both sets of grandparents, and they all still wear smiles. What’s it like at your home? How do you and yours make it work?

I live alone so usually things are pretty calm, but I’ve been known to get cops called on me for singing Phantom of the Opera too loud…so as you can see things can get pretty wild at my house.


Willy Wonka is all about the candy. What’s your favorite? 

This may be the Grandma Georgina in me, but I like hard butterscotch candies, peach rings, and those lemon drop candies that come on the roll of paper


The show is about Willy Wonka finding the right person to pass his candy-making legacy to. What do you want to be your legacy? How will it be carried on?

This question is pretty deep and I don’t do feelings very well. So instead I’m going to pretend I was asked what my dream role is, and that’s either Velma Kelly in Chicago or Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd.

The children in Willy Wonka all have their flaws that get them booted off the tour of Wonka’s factory.  What weakness of yours would get you kicked out of the chocolate factory?

I would get kicked out for stealing candy secrets to sell on the black market because let’s be real being is expensive.


Lorain County Metro Parks’ French Creek Theatre is proud to announce…

Roald Dahl’s


Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley
Adapted for the Stage by Leslie Bricusse & Timothy Allen McDonald
Based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Directed by Andrew Keller

The world’s most famous chocolatier reemerges after years in hiding, and five lucky children win a once-in-a-lifetime trip through his factory. Save your appetite and get your golden ticket to this summer’s most delectable musical treat.

August 11-20
Fri & Sat at 7:30PM
Sun at 3PM

Adult: $16-18

Youth: $10

Call (440) 949-5200 x221, purchase
online or visit the FCT Box Office, open 10AM-6PM daily.

French Creek Theatre is located within the French Creek Nature & Arts Center / 4530 Colorado Ave / Sheffield Village / 44054