Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-02-21

Samford University Theatre will offer a student-directed presentation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a benefit for the Lovelady Center. Performances are in Harrison Theatre at 6 p.m. on March 7 and 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on March 8.

Admission is free. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 for chances to win chocolate baskets.

The Lovelady Center, a women's shelter in the East Lake area of Birmingham, offers substance abuse recovery and treatment, and transitional programs. The Samford actors will perform the show for children and women of the center on March 9 and present the money made from the campus performances.

Natalie Saxon, a theatre major from Mableton, Ga., directs the play as her senior project. Based on the delightful children's book by Raold Dahl, the play tells the adventures of a youngster inside a chocolate factory.

For information, call (205) 726-2951.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.