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AUDITIONS! Willy Wonka, Jr.

Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Director Kristi Wink will hold auditions on the Palace stage for children, ages 8-17 years, for the Palace Theatre’s fall junior musical Willy Wonka, Jr. Those interested may audition on Sunday, August 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and should enter through the front theatre doors.

All auditioners should come dressed in casual clothing appropriate for performing choreography. Those interested in chorus only will be asked to dance and sing with a group. Individuals wishing to audition for principle roles are asked to come prepared to sing a one-minute audition tune and read from the script. A pianist will be provided. No CDs please.

A “family-friendly” rehearsal schedule is set for the junior musical cast to meet Monday through Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm beginning August 28th.

Performance dates for Willy Wonka, Jr. are October 6, 7, and 8, 2017 at the Marion Palace Theatre.

 


Character Breakdown

Willy Wonka / Candy Man
Willy Wonka is an enigmatic character; at once mysterious and mischievous but also charismatic. The actor should be able to be funny and serious and change between the two on a dime.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: G3
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.
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Grandpa Joe
Grandpa Joe is caring, patient, sweet and always reminds Charlie to remain cheerful.
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
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. Mr. Bucket.
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: D#4
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.
Vocal range top: Db5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Phineous Trout
Phineous is the reporter who announces the winners of the Golden Ticket contest throughout the show. The role requires some singing.. In addition, either a boy or a girl can play the role.
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: Eb3
Augustus Gloop
Augustus is the overachieving eater who represents the evils of eating too much. Either a boy or a girl acting like a boy can play Augustus. 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.
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: B3
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!” which is one of the more difficult songs in the score for young people. The role requires a character actress who isn’t afraid to take positive risks both in her acting and her singing.
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: B3
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” so he should be a reasonable singer, but does not need to be phenomenal. Mike could also be portrayed by a girl playing a boy.
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: G3
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” but does not require a polished voice.
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: B3
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.
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: G3
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. Veruca’s solo number “I Want It Now” is deceptively tricky and requires a strong voice. Veruca should contrast sharply with Violet Beauregarde in terms of look and physical type.
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G3
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. A female actress playing male may also play the role.
Grandma Josephina
Charlie’s three grandparents are mainly non-singing character roles. Cast performers that are innately interesting, who have good comic timing and are solid actors. These actors can double as Oompa-Loompas in the second half of the show.
Grandma Georgina
Charlie’s three grandparents are mainly non-singing character roles. Cast performers that are innately interesting, who have good comic timing and are solid actors. These actors can double as Oompa-Loompas in the second half of the show.
Grandpa George
Charlie’s three grandparents are mainly non-singing character roles. Cast performers that are innately interesting, who have good comic timing and are solid actors. These actors can double as Oompa-Loompas in the second half of the show.
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.
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: A3
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.
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: C#4
Candy Man Kids
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Oompa-Loompa Chorus
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Chorus Of Cooks
The Cooks appear during “I Eat More!” presenting Augustus with a smorgasbord of food choices.
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Squirrels
The squirrels are non-speaking, non-singing roles. This is a great part for beginning actors.
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3

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Date:
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Time:
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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