Summer is almost here—and that means NBYT’s summer musical!
If you’re already registered for Willy Wonka Jr this summer, auditions will be on Monday and Wednesday, June 11 and 13. (Remember that everyone who registered will be in the show. Auditions are just to decide who’ll get which role. Young actors in the Little Players joining the cast for the last week do not need to audition at all.) Actors should plan to come on either day at either 6 or 7 pm. Come prepared with an upbeat musical theater song not from Willy Wonka and bring sheet music if possible; actors without a song prepared will still be asked to sing. Some actors considered for the role of Willy Wonka may be asked to sing Pure Imagination in addition to their audition song. Actors will also read from the script and should wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to learn a few dance steps.
If you’re not already registered for Willy Wonka Jr, it’s not too late to join us! Click on this link for details and registration information.
Roles to be cast are listed below (thanks to MTI, the show’s licencing agency). More details about the roles are on the MTI website too.
- WILLY WONKA/CANDY MAN
Mysterious and mischievous but also charismatic. Funny and serious and able to change between the two on a dime. Willy Wonka may be played by a boy or girl.
- CHARLIE BUCKET
The emotional heart and soul of the musical. Think a male “Annie.” Charlie is in nearly every scene and has a demanding and sizable role.
- GRANDPA JOE
He is caring, funny, patient, sweet and always reminds Charlie to remain cheerful. The role sings a bit, but the singing is secondary.
- MR. AND MRS. BUCKET
Both sing solos. Mr. Bucket performs Think Positive with Charlie and Mrs. Bucket sings Cheer Up, Charlie with Mr. Bucket and Grandpa Joe. Mr. and Mrs. Bucket will double as Oompa-Loompas in the second half of the show.
- PHINEOUS TROUT
The reporter who announces the winners of the Golden Ticket contest throughout the show. The role requires some singing, and will double as an Oompa-Loompa in the second half of the show.
A judgmental Greek chorus of mysterious workers in the Wonka Chocolate Factory. Although they’ll look similar, each will have a different personality.
- AUGUSTUS GLOOP
An overachieving eater who represents the evils of eating too much. Augustus sings I Eat More! along with his mother and Phineous Trout.
- MRS. GLOOP
Augustus’ mother who has overindulged her son with food. She accompanies Augustus on the tour of the factory, and sings I Eat More!
- VIOLET BEAUREGARDE
Gum chewer extraordinaire. Violet should stand in stark contrast to Veruca Salt. Veruca is a wealthy refined brat; Violet is more of a blue collar, middle class brat. She sings Chew It along with Willy Wonka.
- MRS. BEAUREGARDE
A teacher of geography who has invested a great deal of hard-earned money on therapy for her gum-chewing daughter, with less than stellar results.
- VERUCA SALT
A 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 is I Want It Now.
- MR. SALT
His solution to most problems is to buy his way out. He is upper class, and sometimes portrayed with a high British accent.
- MIKE TEAVEE
Addicted to TV, video games, the Internet, and any other mindnumbing technological device. Mike is bratty, loud, obnoxious, and does not know the word “no.” Mike and Ms. Teavee sing I See It All On TV.
- 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.
- GRANDMA JOSEPHINA, GRANDMA GEORGINA, and GRANDPA GEORGE
Charlie’s three grandparents are mainly non-singing character roles but must have good comic timing. These actors will 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.
- CANDY MAN KIDS
These kids sing The Candy Man and will then play Oompa-Loompas.
The squirrels are non-speaking, non-singing roles who will also play Candy Man Kids and Oompa-Loopmas.