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Open Auditions

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Date:
January 29
Time:
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Venue

Roger T. Sermon Community Center
201 N Dodgion St
Independence, MO 64050 United States
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Phone:
(816) 325-7370
Website:
http://www.ci.independence.mo.us/parksandrec/Sermon

ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA

Music & Lyric by: Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley

Adapted for the Stage by: Leslie Bricusse, Timothy Allen McDonald Based on the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Directed by: Aaron Stokes

Audition Dates: January 28 & 29 from 6:30-8:30pm

Performance Dates: April 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13 at 7:30 & April 14 at 2:00

Audition Details

Auditions for ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA will be held on January 28 and 29, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Roger T. Sermon Community Center located at 201 N Dodgion (SE Corner of Truman & Noland Rds), Independence, MO. 64050.

Seeking 9 women, 11 males, + Ensemble (Candy Man Kids, Chorus of Cooks, and an Oompa-Loompa Chorus)

All Auditionees MUST bring their own sheet music with them and be prepared to sing 32 bars of a fully memorized Broadway song in the style of the ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA. Many songs are from the 1971 movie starring Gene Wilder. NO RECORDED ACCOMPANIMENTS & NO SONGS FROM THE SHOW, PLEASE!

There will be cold readings and dance auditions, in addition to singing. (No dance experience is required.) If you have puppetry skills and talent, please consider auditioning.

Ages 9 and up will be considered.

The director is seeking teens to fill the roles of the Golden Ticket Winners, however, talented individuals as young as nine may be considered for these and other ensemble roles. Older talent will be considered as well if they can assume a teen persona onstage. Since the cast will include minors, once cast, it is the policy of City Theatre of Independence that each adult member of the company submits to an online background check.

For questions about the play and auditions, contact the director, Aaron Stokes, at director.willywonka@gmail.com

Synopsis

The world goes mad when elusive chocolatier Willy Wonka announces that five golden tickets are hidden inside his scrumptious candy bars. The tickets-holders will win a free tour of his factory and a lifetime supply of candy. The winning children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules … or suffer the consequences.

“Scrumptious … ride into an edible land of imagination … pure magic.”

Character Breakdown

Willy Wonka

The mysterious title character of the show. He is charming, enigmatic, charismatic, and slightly sinister. A chocolatier who guides children and their parents on a tour of his factory. He is looking for someone new to take over his candy empire. Optional Doubling as CANDY MAN and/or PHINEOUS TROUT.

  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 60 and older
  • Vocal range top: F4
  • Vocal range bottom: G2

Candy Man

A local candy vendor. He leads the children in praising the joys of candy. Optional Doubling as WILLY WONKA and/or PHINEOUS TROUT.

  • Gender: Male
  • Age: Indeterminate
  • Vocal range top: D4
  • Vocal range bottom: A2

Phineous Trout

A reporter covering the Golden Ticket story. Optional Doubling as WILLY WONKA and/or CANDY MAN.

  • Gender: Male
  • Age: Indeterminate
  • Vocal range top: F4
  • Vocal range bottom: B2

Charlie Bucket

Our story’s shy, earnest protagonist. From a modest home life, he is humble and noncompetitive while maintaining a sense of wonder about the world. One of the Golden Ticket winners whose honesty and general good nature win Wonka over.

  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Vocal range top: G4
  • Vocal range bottom: G2

Mrs. Bucket

Charlie Bucket’s nurturing mother. She is always trying to maintain an energetic positivity.

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 30 to 45
  • Vocal range top: F5
  • Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Mr. Bucket

Charlie Bucket’s nurturing father. He is always trying to maintain an energetic positivity.

  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 30 to 45
  • Vocal range top: F4
  • Vocal range bottom: B2

Grandpa Joe

A caring, patient, and kindhearted man. Loving Grandfather to Charlie Bucket. He accompanies Charlie to Willy Wonka’s factory and it gives him a new burst of youthful vigor.

  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 60 to 80
  • Vocal range top: F4
  • Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Augustus Gloop

A gluttonous German boy. Cheerful and jolly, he defines himself by his ability to eat mass quantities of food. One of the Golden Ticket winners whose constant overeating is enabled and encouraged by Mrs. Gloop.

  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 10 to 15
  • Vocal range top: G4
  • Vocal range bottom: B2

Mrs. Gloop

A plump, jolly German woman with a bustling personality. Augustus Gloop’s overindulgent mother.

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 35 to 45
  • Vocal range top: E4
  • Vocal range bottom: B3

Veruca Salt

A wealthy, spoiled brat from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is accustomed to having her father indulge her every whim and desire. One of the Golden Ticket winners, she is subjected to the squirrels’ nut chute.

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 10 to 15
  • Vocal range top: F5
  • Vocal range bottom: G3

Mr. Salt

The over-indulgent father to Veruca Salt who made his fortune selling nuts, and who regularly flaunts his wealth and privilege.

  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 40 to 60
  • Vocal range top: E4
  • Vocal range bottom: D3

Mike Teavee

An obnoxious, hyperactive child addicted to television, video games, and the internet. One of the Golden Ticket winners and Ms. Teavee’s son.

  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Vocal range top: G4
  • Vocal range bottom: G2

Ms. Teavee

An old-fashioned housewife. She is Mike Teavee’s permissive and clueless mother.

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 35 to 50
  • Vocal range top: F5
  • Vocal range bottom: B3

Violet Beauregarde

A brassy girl with a competitive streak. Violet seizes every opportunity to show off. She turns into a giant blueberry.

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Vocal range top: F5
  • Vocal range bottom: G3

Mrs. Beauregarde

Violet’s enthusiastic “helicopter parent” who focuses all her attention on her daughter. She indulges Violet’s worst competitive impulses.

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 35 to 45
  • Vocal range top: E5
  • Vocal range bottom: D4

Grandma Josephina, Grandma Georgina, and Grandpa George

Charlie’s three grandparents are mainly non-singing, very funny character roles.

The following roles will be filled by the ensemble.

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. Matilda has a few lines and sings the introduction of “The Candy Man” along with James and Charlie.

The Candy Man Kids (a.k.a. SOPHIE, DANNY, ALFIE, BILLIE and additional kids as needed)

These kids sing “The Candy Man.” The names of the characters have been drawn from other Roald Dahl books.

Chorus of Cooks

The Cooks appear during “I Eat More!” presenting Augustus with a smorgasbord of food choices. Roller skating expertise is a plus.

Oompa-Loompa Chorus

In Dahl’s novel, the Oompa-Loompa are a diminutive people, not of the family of man, described as mischievous and as lovers of fun, singing, practical jokes, and the cocoa bean. The adults stand about knee high to a human, and, because they are terrorized by vicious Hornsnozzlers, Snozzwangers, Vermicious Knids and Whangdoodles, (In our script some are called hornswogglers and snozzywanglers) they are forced to live in the trees and eat caterpillars.

But in our storytelling, the Oompa-Loompa are normal-sized, normal-looking men and women and girls and boys. Not of the family of man, and hunted to the point of near extinction by the vicious beasts listed above, they were discovered by Wonka while he was on a trek for the perfect cocoa bean. When his business fell victim to industrial espionage, he asked for help and they answered. They saved him and his industry from ruin, and he saved them from extinction.

If you like ensemble numbers, this Oompa-Loompa ensemble is for you. They are characters in the play and are integral in moving the story forward. They and Wonka are best of friends. Equals. And their identities and personalities merge. Mobility and musical skills are a plus.