Willie Wonka Comes to Marlboro!

January 19, 2012

Don't Miss Auditions for the Marlboro Players' Production

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - AUDITIONS!

Marlboro Players will be holding auditions for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at Frank J. Dugan Elementary School in Marlboro on Monday, February 6 and Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 PM. Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, February 8th. The performances will be May 4 and May 11th at 7 pm, May 5, 6 and 12th at 2 pm. MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL PERFORMANCES!

Please prepare 16 measures of a song in the style of the show or from the show. An accompanist will be provided.

For more information contact the director Christopher Guell at ilvthtr@yahoo.com or Mindy Gollin at mgollin@optonline.net


ALFIE / BILLIE / DANNY / SOPHIE - “The Candy Man” kids.

AUGUSTUS GLOOP (10-14) Augustus is the overachieving eater who represents the evils of eating too much.

CHARLIE BUCKET (10-14) The emotional heart and soul of the musical. He has lots of pluck and enthusiasm.

GRANDMA GEORGINA/GRANDPA GEORGE/GRANDMA JOSEPHINE (50-60) - Non-singing character roles. Charlie's grandparents.

GRANDPA JOE (50-60) 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.

JAMES (10-14) Charlie’s friend from school. He has a few lines and sings the introduction of “The Candy Man” along with Matilda and Charlie.

MATILDA (10-14) 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.

MIKE TEAVEE (10-14) 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.”

MR. AND MRS. BUCKET (30's-40's) Charlie's Parents. Natural nurturers.Mr. and Mrs. Bucket can double as Oompa-Loompas in the second half of the show.

MR. SALT (30's-40'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.

MRS. BEAUREGARDE (30's-40's) 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.

MRS. GLOOP (30's-40s) 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!”

MS. TEAVEE (30's-40's) 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.

OOMPA-LOOMPA CHORUS (8-14) The Oompa-Loompa Chorus can be as small as a handful of performers or as large as your stage and theater can accommodate.

PHINEOUS TROUT (20's-40's) Phineous is the reporter who announces the winners of the Golden Ticket contest throughout the show. The role requires some singing.

VERUCA SALT (10-14) 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 should contrast sharply with Violet Beauregarde in terms of look and physical type.

VIOLET BEAUREGARDE (10-14) 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.

WILLY WONKA/CANDY MAN (Late 20 - Late 30's) - 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. 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.

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