NYT’s Production of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, JR.
The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.
Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences.
If you are age 8 to 19, there is a role for you! Please see below for a list of characters.
Come audition to be in the cast!
Friday, January 12, 2018 – 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Wildwood United Methodist Church, 8911 FM 1488, Magnolia, TX 77354
Callbacks will be the next day, Saturday, January 13th, at Wildwood UMC.
Cast members are expected to attend all rehearsals, and be present during Tech Week and shows, unless given permission to be absent.
Rehearsals – Friday evenings and Saturdays, 1/19 to 3/10
Tech Week – Evenings, Monday 3/19 to Thursday 3/22
Shows – Friday, 3/23, 9:30 am, 11:45 am, 7:00 pm; Saturday, 3/24, 2:00 & 6:00 pm; Sunday, 3/25, 2:00 & 6:00 pm
Director – David Horn
Vocal Director – Lisa Morales
Assistant Director – Hunter McDonald
Choreographer – Madison McDaniel
Characters & Roles
Please note that the director may change the role of a character, share the role between actors, or add additional roles based on the skills of those cast, as well as the needs of the show.
Willy Wonka / Candy Man – Willy Wonka is an enigmatic character; at once mysterious and mischievous but also charismatic.
Charlie Bucket – The role of Charlie Bucket is the emotional heart and soul of the musical.
Grandpa Joe – He 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.
The Oompa-Loompa Chorus
Augustus Gloop – Augustus is the overachieving eater who represents the evils of eating too much.
Mrs. Gloop – She 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. Veruca’s solo number is “I Want It Now.”
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. He sings very little.
Grandma Josephina, Grandma Georgina, & Grandpa George – Charlie’s three grandparents are mainly non-singing character roles. Actors should be innately interesting, have good comic timing and be solid actors.
James – He 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 possibly additional kids, are the Candy Man Kids. These kids sing “The Candy Man.”
Chorus Of Cooks – The Cooks appear during “I Eat More!”
Squirrels – The squirrels are non-speaking, non-singing roles