Local child actors win 'golden ticket' for chance to star in Broadway

By Erin Maloney, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, January 13, 2017

Two local child actors have found the "golden ticket" for a chance to perform in Broadway in New York City. 

  • Local child actors start Broadway career in 'Charlie in the Chocolate Factory' 
  • Ryan Foust and Ryan Sell to play alternating role of Charlie
  • Opening night is April 23, in New York City
  • Click here for tickets

Ryan Foust, from Tampa, and Ryan Sell, from New Port Richey, will begin their Broadway careers playing the title roll in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." 

Both actors tried out for the part in New York and will alternate the role of Charlie. 

Foust and his parents, Mark and Stephanie, are moving from their Tampa home this week to midtown Manhattan to be with their son.

Foust, 12, is a student at Corbett Prep, where his parents say he began his theater career.

After a chance meeting in the parking lot with the theater director for Community School of the Arts, Foust decided to try out for the school’s rendition of “CATS.”

After that, his father says he was hooked.

“He memorized every line, every song, every place to stand on stage for just about every person in the production,” Mark Foust said. “He was just sort of made for this.”

Sell is a part of Sell's Broadway Dance Company in New Port Richey.  

A third actor, Jake Flynn from Boston, will also alternate the roll of Charlie. 

The actors will be starting rehearsals soon and opening night is Sunday, April 23. The show will be held at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. 

The local actors will be starring alongside Tony Award Winner Christian Borle, who will play Willy Wonka. 

Producers say the play has an open-ended run. 

For more information on tickets and cast, click here