Comedy & Theater
Sunday, Nov. 182:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Stars Dinner Theatre1931 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301Phone: 661-325-6100
Auditions for Willie Wonka
Bakersfield Music Theatre is holding open auditions for the theatrical production of Willie Wonka.
Auditions will be held Sunday November 18th 2:00 at Stars School of Performing Arts on 19th and Eye Street in Downtown Bakersfield.
The Director/Choreographer Shay Brandon Burke is looking to cast adults and children.
For more information contact Stars Theatre at 661 325 6100
Shay Brandon Burke
661 549 0737
Optional information and cast description below
WILLY WONKA: An enigmatic character--mysterious and mischievous. Adult Male 30 +
CHARLIE BUCKET: Emotional heart and soul of the musical. Strong actor and singer. Male 7 – 13 no taller
MR. AND MRS. BUCKET: Charlie’s Parents. Strong singers. Sings Think Positive and Cheer Up, Charlie. Will double in other roles. 30+
GRANDPA JOE: Strong actor. Character singer. 40+
(golden ticket winners ages 7-13 all must sing)
AUGUSTUS GLOOP: Over-eater
MIKE TEAVEE: TV addict
VERUCA SALT: Spoiled brat (english accent)
VIOLET BEAUREGARDE: Blue-collar middle class southern accent
(parents of ticket winners ages 25+ )
MRS. BEAUREGARDE: Violet’s mother. Southern accent Female 25+
MRS. GLOOP: Augustus’ mother Must Sing Female 25+
MRS. TEAVEE: Mike’s Mother, (June Cleaver). Sings Female 25+
MR. SALT: Veruca’s Father. Buys his way out of problems.
OOMPA-LOOMPAS. Children ages 7 and up. Under 4’-11”
Ensemble and Character Roles adult and Children
PHINEOUS TROUT: TV reporter Adult Male or Female
CHARLIE’S GRANDPARENTS: Innately interesting with good comic timing.
CANDY MAN: Sings “Candy Man”
CHARLIE’S FRIENDS: some solos and lines
Be prepared to sing one verse and chorus from the show or Theatre Standard.
Oompa Loompas will learn a song with the vocal director and short dance routine at audition.
- WILLY WONKA/CANDY MAN
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. Pick a young man (or a young woman) who is charismatic, engaging and has a great voice (in the case of a young man, preferably a changed voice). The actor should be able to be funny and serious and change between the two on a dime. It is preferred that Wonka double as the Candy Man, as it helps reinforce that Wonka has staged the Golden Ticket competition and is somewhat controlling this contest along the way.
- 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. Think a male “Annie.” Charlie is in nearly every scene, so make sure you select an actor who can handle the demands of a sizable role.
- GRANDPA JOE
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 remain cheerful. Cast an actor who can be kind and funny. The role sings a bit, but the singing is secondary.
- MR. AND MRS. BUCKET
These are great roles for young people who have nice voices, and are natural nurturers. Both sing solos; Mr. Bucket performs the number “Think Positive” with Charlie and Mrs. Bucket sings “Cheer Up, Charlie” with Mr. Bucket and Grandpa Joe. Mr. and Mrs. Bucket can double as Oompa-Loompas in the second half of the show.
- PHINEOUS TROUT
Phineous is the reporter who announces the winners of the Golden Ticket contest throughout the show. The role requires some singing, and can be doubled by Wonka or played by another actor. In addition, either a boy or a girl can play the role.
- OOMPA-LOOMPA CHORUS
The Oompa-Loompa Chorus can be as small as a handful of performers or as large as your stage and theater can accommodate. Consider casting your youngest performers as Oompa-Loompas (like the sixth grade chorus) and augment them with a handful of older students who can take the lead and serve as Oompa-Loompa wranglers.
- AUGUSTUS GLOOP
Augustus is the overachieving eater who represents the evils of eating too much. Be extremely sensitive in casting this role as it is tempting to cast an overweight young person and that can be scarring—especially if the child struggles with this issue. Consider casting a thin child and creating the illusion of size via the costume. 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.
- 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.
- 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, but generally works best with a male actor.
- 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.
- 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. The song is a tour-de-force for the right voice, so cast a young lady with strong voice.
- VERUCA SALT
Veruca is the wealthy, class-conscious, spoiled brat. 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, so select a young woman with a strong voice. Veruca should contrast sharply with Violet Beauregarde in terms of look and physical type.
- GRANDMA JOSEPHINA, GRANDMA GEORGINA, and
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 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 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 (a.k.a. SOPHIE, DANNY,
ALFIE, BILLIE and additional kids as needed)
These kids sing “The Candy Man” and their numbers may be expanded as you see fit and your program will allow. The names of the characters have been drawn from other Roald Dahl books. Feel free to assign additional names to match the number of performers you cast. (All students like to go home and exclaim “I’m playing Alfie in Willy Wonka JR.” versus “I’m just Kid 2 in ‘The Candy Man.’”) You may also cast a single class (say the sixth grade chorus) to perform these roles, as they appear only in this number unless you choose to double them as Cooks and Oompa-Loompas.
- CHORUS OF COOKS
Please note this is an optional chorus. The Cooks appear during “I Eat More!” presenting Augustus with a smorgasbord of food choices. (Check out the Director’s Guide note in the song for more information.) Double the Candy Man Kids Chorus and Oompa-Loompa Chorus or cast a single class of kids to perform this section.
- 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.
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.
The squirrels are non-speaking, non-singing roles and you can cast as many as necessary. This is a great part for beginning actors.