Auditions for Mill Mountain Theatre’s Summer Mainstage, Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA JR, will take place on Friday February 24th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and Saturday February 25th from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Some may be asked to attend callbacks on Sunday February 26th at 2:00pm.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an audition appointment time, and put ‘Willy Wonka Audition’ in the subject line. Auditions will take place in MMT’s 3rd Floor Studio (located at 20 Church Ave SE). All children 6-18 years of age are invited to audition.
Please prepare a 32-bar cut of a musical theatre song (about one minute). To also be considered for a role, please prepare a one-minute monologue as well. There will be a brief movement/dance call, so please bring appropriate attire that you can move in.
Rehearsals and performances:
Rehearsals are Monday through Saturday, beginning July 6th. Performances are July 26th through August 6th on MMT’s Trinkle Mainstage.
A little bit about the show:
Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr. follows candy maker Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever 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. MMT’s version puts young actors in the spotlight, singing memorable songs including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candyman,” “ I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” “ Oompa-Loompa,” and “I Want it Now.”
Character Breakdown: (in order of appearance)
Willy Wonka/Candy Man – mysterious, mischievous, charismatic, and engaging. Wonka serves as narrator and ‘tour guide’ throughout the show, and must possess strong vocal and acting skills.
Charlie Bucket – the emotional heart and soul of the musical; honest, thoughtful, and virtuous. Spunky and enthusiastic, Charlie is in almost every scene and must possess strong vocal and acting skills.
Mr. Bucket – the bread-winner of the family; he deals with the pressures of supporting a whole family; a nurturer.
Mrs. Bucket – the support, stability, and care-taker of the family; she deals with running a household and looking after Charlie’s grandparents.
Grandpa Joe – caring, patient, sweet, and always reminds Charlie to remain cheerful. Must be kind and funny.
Grandma Josephina, Grandpa George, & Grandma Georgina – Charlie’s other grandparents; quirky and interesting. Must have good comic timing.
James & Matilda – friends of Charlie’s from school. Will likely double as Oompa-Loompas.
Phineous Trout – a reporter, who announces the Golden Ticket winners throughout the show. Must have a clear, confident speaking voice.
Augustus Gloop – an overachieving eater and glutton, a character actor who can sing.
Mrs. Gloop – Augustus’s over-indulgent mother.
Veruca Salt – A wealthy, class-concious spoiled brat. Often portrayed as British, but snobby comes in all nationalities, so not a requirement. Must be a strong singer.
Mr. Salt – solves problems by buying his way out. His nose in the air, he is obviously of the uppercrust, and you can see where Veruca gets her attitude from. An acting role (not much singing required).
Violet Beauregarde – a gum chewer extraordinaire and ‘blue-collar brat.’ Must have a strong singing voice.
Mrs. Beauregarde – a geography teacher who has invested a lot of hard-earned money into therapy for her orally-fixated daughter. An acting role (not much singing required).
Mike Teevee – a technology junkie, Mike is obsessed with television, video games, the internet, and any other technological device. Bratty, loud, and obnoxious; does not like to hear the word ‘no.’
Ms. Teevee – perfectly put together, and perfectly vacant. Think June Cleaver, Marion Cunningham, or Carol Brady.
Ensemble – to play Oompa-Loompas, Candy Man Kids, etc.