Audition Information for Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
Would your actor like a Golden Ticket? Calling actors ages 5-18 to audition for Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
This is a musical, but singing and dancing experience is not required. We will teach your actors everything they need to know to be part of our show.
Friday, May 5th: FREE Audition Workshop from 5:30 to 7:00 pm Learn what actors need to ace an audition~~not just for our production of Willy Wonka, but for any theatrical piece they want! This is a FREE Workshop, but space is limited, so your actor must enroll by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and requesting a spot.
Friday, May 5th: Open Call Auditions from 7:00 to 9:00 pm Stay after the workshop and audition! ~~OR~~ If your actor thinks he/she needs to go home and work on what was taught in the workshop, come back on Saturday to audition.
Saturday, May 6th: Open Call Auditions from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
What can you expect at the audition? These auditions are no pressure, and there is no need to worry or panic. Just have fun! With a large cast, this show has a place for everyone! The auditions are not about excluding actors but about discovering what talents they have. This is a fun, classic show and a fabulous learning experience performing in a classic theatrical production. To help you through the audition process, we have prepared this information for you.
Casting the following roles: Willy Wonka / Candy Man: Willy Wonka is an enigmatic character; at once mysterious and mischievous but also charismatic. It is preferred that Wonka double as the Candy Man, as it helps reinforce that Wonka has staged the Golden Ticket competition and is somewhat controlling this contest along the way. Charlie Bucket: The role of Charlie Bucket is the emotional heart and soul of the musical. The actor performing Charlie should have an unchanged voice and lots of pluck and enthusiasm. Grandpa Joe: Grandpa Joe is the grandfather we all wish we had when we were Charlie's age. He is caring, patient, sweet and always reminds Charlie to remain cheerful. Mr. Bucket: This is a great role for a young person who has a nice voice, and is a natural nurturer. Mr. Bucket performs the number "Think Positive" with Charlie. Mrs. Bucket: This is a great role for a young person who has a nice voice, and is a natural nurturer. Mrs. Bucket sings "Cheer Up, Charlie" with Mr. Bucket and Grandpa Joe. Phineous Trout: Phineous is the reporter who announces the winners of the Golden Ticket contest throughout the show. The role requires some singing. Oompa-Loompas: Will sing and dance together. Augustus Gloop: Augustus is the overachieving eater who represents the evils of eating too much. Mrs. Gloop: Mrs. Gloop is Augustus' mother who has overindulged her son with food. She accompanies Augustus on the tour of the factory, and sings "I Eat More!" Mike Teavee: For this adaptation Mike is not just a TV junky. He is also addicted to video games, the Internet and any other mindnumbing technological device. Mike is bratty, loud and obnoxious. He does not know the word "no." Mike and Ms. Teavee sing "I See It All On TV" Ms. Teavee: Ms. Teavee is a take on all television moms of the distant past. Think June Cleaver (Leave it to Beaver) or Marion Cunningham (Happy Days) or even Carol Brady (The Brady Bunch). She's perfectly put together and a bit vacant. She sings "I See It All On TV". Violet Beauregarde: Gum chewer extraordinaire, Violet hails from Snellville, Georgia, so it's nice if she has a Southern American accent, but not necessary. Violet should stand in stark contrast to Veruca Salt. Veruca is a wealthy refined brat; Violet is more of a bluecollar, middle class brat. She sings "Chew It" along with Willy Wonka. Mrs. Beauregarde: Mrs. Beauregard is a teacher of geography and has invested a great deal of hard-earned money on therapy for her orally fixated daughter, with less than stellar results. The role is virtually non-singing. Her accent should match Violet's. Veruca Salt: Veruca is the wealthy, class-conscious, spoiled brat. She is often portrayed with a high British accent that is by no means required (brats come in all nationalities). Veruca's solo number is "I Want It Now." Veruca should contrast sharply with Violet Beauregarde in terms of look and physical type. Mr. Salt: Mr. Salt's solution to most problems is to buy his way out. He is upper class, and usually portrayed with a high British accent. (But this accent is not necessary-just make sure Veruca and Mr. Salt sound like they hail from the same place.) He sings very little. Charlie's Other Three Grandparents: Grandma Josephina, Grandma Georgina, & Grandpa George These are mainly non-singing parts but require actors with good comedic timing. James: James is Charlie's friend from school. He has a few lines and sings the introduction of "The Candy Man" along with Matilda and Charlie. Matilda: Matilda is also a schoolmate of Charlie's, but she's a bit of bully. Matilda has a few lines and sings the introduction of "The Candy Man" along with James and Charlie. The Candy Man Kids: Sophie, Danny, Alfie, Billie and additional singers are the Candy Man Kids. These kids sing "The Candy Man" Squirrels: The squirrels are non-speaking, non-singing roles.
Audition Procedure: The audition process will take 10-15 minutes once you begin. We have open audition times, so just sign in and actors will be called in the order they arrive. Callbacks for lead roles, if necessary, will be from 1:00 to 3:00 on Saturday.
Requirements for Auditions: Ages 5-7: Prepare introduction of name, age, grade, and favorite movie or play. Children will be asked to repeat and recite lines with our staff. If you want to prepare a song of your choice, we would love to hear it!
Ages 8-18: Prepare introduction of name, age, grade, and favorite movie or play, explaining why it is your favorite. Individuals will be asked to read lines from the play with our staff.
***ALL actors--MALE AND FEMALE--wishing to audition for a lead role who sings solo parts should be prepared to sing “The Candy Man" acapella first verse and first chorus in their audition.
Frequently Asked Questions What do I need to bring to the audition?
Your completed Audition Form (in the Audition Packet)
A current head shot (a clear photo of your face, any size, in black and white or color). A school photo is fine. Industry head shots are also accepted. (We have current head shots of Dance Studio students~~no need to bring another unless you want to have an updated photo on file.)
A Resume or Experience Form (available in the Audition Packet)
Your completed Conflict Calendar
If I audition, am I guaranteed a role in the show? If you complete all the requirements of the audition and the production agreements, you will have a role in the show.
Can my parents stay to watch my audition? Since your audition will only take 10-15 minutes, we will ask your parents to wait for you in the lobby. Since lobby space is limited, we ask that siblings/extra family/friends wait outside. Your parents will not be permitted into the studio classroom during your audition.
After auditions? You are free to go with your parent or guardian (who will be waiting). A cast list will be posted on the website Sunday after actors have been contacted by email.
How do I know what part I got in the production? The cast list will be posted on The Dance Studio’s website on Sunday after actors have been contacted by email to see if they will accept their roles.
Do I have to be a current member of The Dance Studio to audition? No. However, after accepting a role in the production, cast members ages 5-18 must be enrolled in our studio. This includes the weekly Production/Rehearsal class. Cast must be enrolled during May, June, and July. 3 tuition payments of $55 each (plus a $25 registration fee for new students), are due on the 11th of each month (May, June, & July). Tuition and enrollment fees are used to pay our faculty, royalties, production costs, and advertising.
Will I get comp tickets to this show? Enrolled students, ages 5-18, will receive one free ticket (per family) to each show for their parent or guardian chaperoning them to and from the performances. All other tickets may be purchased.
If I accept a role, do I have to provide my own costume? Yes, you will have to provide parts of your own costume. After the roles have been cast, each cast member will receive a list of what his/her parent needs to purchase for the show.
Click below to download the Audition Packet and other information for Willy Wonka.