What do Mel Gibson, Willy Wonka and the Waldo Theatre have in common? Stars. When Mel Gibson wrapped up his production of “Man Without a Face,” he gave Mainely-Kids at the Waldo Theatre pieces from his movie set — stars, gold stars, big ones.

A young actor, John Guptil, from the Waldo Theatre was the stunt double for Gibson’s young star and several theater regulars appeared as extras. Since 1992, the donated stars and good wishes of Gibson have graced the Waldo’s productions of “Hello, Dolly!” and “The Wiz.” They will shine once more as part of the set for “Willy Wonka Kids,” a Winter Drama Adventure productions that opens Friday, Feb. 19.

Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory” that pleases the ear with songs from the classic family film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” The show’s score features “The Candy Man,” “Pure Imagination,” “Oompa Loompa” and “I Want it Now,” under the musical direction of Sean Fleming and stage direction/production of Sue Ghoreyeb.

Produced at the Waldo Theatre under the auspices of The Winter Drama Adventure, this production promises to be a charmer. Elias Daiute plays the title role, surrounded by Oompa Loompas Dylan Desfosses, Rachel Desfosses, Norbert Ferrero, Mackenzie Ford, Riley Golding, Noah Jones, Elyse Mead, Emma Parlin, Rebecca Potter, Gabrielle Ruano, Madeleine Shaw, Cassi Smeltzer, Polina Scimone, Marguerite Eastman, Audrey Harper, Cayleigh Hearth, Shiann Keene and Kendal Steele. The Oompa Loompas and Willy have many surprises in store for the audience in this delightful musical comedy.

Ghoreyeb and Fleming are showing their cast the way to the stars, to confidence and to self-expression. Community theater groups give children a chance to sing and dance and exist for a time in a world of “Pure Imagination.”

Show times are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, Feb. 21 and 28 at 2 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Waldo, Main Street/Route 220. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students. For reservations, visit thewaldo.org or call 832-6060.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.