(Hamilton, NY – Sept. 2012) It’s September 1955—a delicious time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Swiete Chocolate Factory, founded by Purity Swiete in 1905.

Purity invites everyone to join her and her employees on a special tour of the factory in this light-hearted 60-minute musical. Enjoy the delightful antics of the office workers taking orders for shipments of chocolate, the slick salesman selling “only the best” sugar; warehouse men receiving the key ingredients at the loading dock, and the assembly line crew making and wrapping those delicious chocolate bars just for you. Original songs and old-time favorite songs (with words sweetly altered) to fit the chocolate theme will be featured.

The Swiete Chocolate Factory is a Palace Players’ Production with two shows, Friday Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. and Saturday Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 for youth 17 and under and $14 for adults 18 and older. They are available by calling 315-824-1420. Seating is general admission, cabaret style with tables and chairs to accommodate 150 for each tour. The house opens 30 minutes before each show. La Iquana, Hamilton restaurant, caters the musical with decadent chocolate treats and drinks.

The cast stars Clara Lantz, Gloria Lenhart, Kirsten Weyter, Peter Lawrence, Karen Rains, Bruce Ward, Tim Collins, Zach Collins, Lucy Taylor, Shari Taylor, Jan Guistwite, Krysta Nower, Henry von Mechow, Fred von Mechow, and Jenni Larchar. The musical is written by Patricia and Fred von Mechow. Patricia von Mechow is the director and Jenni Larchar is the music director. The orchestra pit showcases David Burch on keyboard, Martin Conte on steel drums, and Bruce Ward on guitar.

The Swiete Chocolate Factory is presented in conjunction with the Great Chocolate Train Wreck Festival in Hamilton on Saturday Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To learn more about the festival visit www.greatchocolatetrainfest.com or call 825.3537.


By martha

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