Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir is a golden ticket to adventure.
The delicious adventures of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film 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 likeable 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.
Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. has a flexible cast size with many featured and ensemble roles, including the singing and dancing Oompa Loompas.
Drama Club auditions will be held in the Music Room at CDM on Monday 11/5 and Tuesday 11/6 from 12:30 – 2:30pm.
Please come prepared to sing one of these songs:
The Candy Man (link)(sheet music)
I want it Now! (link) (sheet music)
For Callbacks you can start practicing this as well:
Burping Song (link) (sheet music)
And don’t forget to bring your filled out audition packet! Download here
Willy Wonka is an enigmatic character; at once mysterious and mischievous but also charismatic. There are a number of directions to take with Wonka, ranging from Gene Wilder’s version in the original film, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, to Johnny Depp’s portrayal in the recent film, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, and everything in between. The actor should be able to be funny and serious and change between the two on a dime.
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. Charlie should ideally be a great singer and strong actor.
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 look on the bright side. The role sings a bit, but the singing is secondary to the actor’s solid acting skills.
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. Mr. Bucket can double as an Oompa-Loompa in the second half of the show.
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. Mrs. Bucket can double as an Oompa-Loompa in the second half of the show.
A fantastic actor and singer is needed for this iconic role.
The Candy Man Kids
Candy Man Kids sing “The Candy Man. The names of the characters have been drawn from other Roald Dahl books.
Grandpa George, Grandma Georgina and Grandma Josephina
Charlie’s three grandparents are mainly non-singing character roles, but require strong acting skills. These actors can double as Oompa-Loompas in the second half of the show.
Phineous is the reporter who announces the winners of the Golden Ticket contest throughout the show. The role requires some singing, so it is perfect for an actor with a great announcer’s voice and good stage presence.
The Oompa-Loompa Chorus, including Oompa-Loompas 1-5, make up a fun and interesting ensemble.
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!” which is one of the more difficult songs in the score. The role requires a character actress who isn’t afraid to take positive risks both in her acting and her singing.
Mrs. Beauregard is a teacher of geography and has invested a great deal of hard-earned money on therapy for her gum-chewing daughter, with less than stellar results. Her accent should match Violet’s and the two should make a good pair onstage.
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.
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, which requires strong voice skills.
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 understand the word “no.” Mike and Ms. Teavee sing “I See It All On TV”.
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.
Chorus Of Cooks
The Cooks appear during “I Eat More!” presenting Augustus with a smorgasbord of food choices.
Augustus is the overachieving eater. Augustus sings “I Eat More!” along with his mother and Phineous Trout. The song is on the difficult side, but does not need to be sung with a polished pretty voice, in fact, the more character the better.
Ms. Teavee is a take on all television moms of the distant past. She’s perfectly put together and a bit vacant.
Veruca is wealthy, class-conscious, and completely spoiled. She is often portrayed with a high British accent that is by no means required (brats come in all nationalities). Veruca’s solo number “I Want It Now” is deceptively tricky and comes late in the show. Veruca should contrast sharply with Violet Beauregarde in terms of look and physical type.
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.
Ensemble who sort the “good nuts” from the “bad nuts” and dance during “I Want It Now”.