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The Maumee Valley Civic Theater (www.mvctohio.org) will be presenting Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka.
Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever 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: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory… or suffer the consequences.
Jeffrey Tonjes Director
Amanda Tonjes Assistant Director
Rhonda Malone Lehman Vocal Director
May 17 6:00PM – 8:30PM
May 18 6:00PM – 8:30PM
Callbacks, if needed, will be on May 18th towards the end of the night.
Auditions will be held at The Armory Arts and Event Center (127 E Clinton St, Napoleon, OH 43545)
PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIME
July 23-25, 2020 at 7:30PM
July 26, 2020 at 2PM
Napoleon Junior High Gymnatorium (701 Briarheath Ave # 1, Napoleon, OH 43545)
AUDITION DETAILS BROKEDOWN
(You can also download all auditions details in one pdf by clicking the link at the top of the page)
These rehearsals will be divided up into blocking, vocal, and choreography.
This year, to capitalize on the Willy Wonka magic, we will also be asking cast members to sell chocolate bars, where there will be five golden tickets hidden in those chocolate bars, to further help raise money for this summer’s show.
This year the participation fee is based on the role you are cast in. Also, for the first time will be giving three different participation options for our young actors who will be playing Oompa-Loompas. (NOTE: Some Young Actors, Oompa-Loompas, may be asked to be a part of the Chorus and kids in Act 1)
LEAD $50 SUPPORTING ACTOR/CHORUS $50 OOMPA-LOOMPAS (Minimum Fee) * $30
*The other participation fee options for Oompa-Loompas are higher and include the option of keeping their costumes and/or wigs.
This participation fee SHOULD NOT deter anyone from auditioning and participating in this summer’s show! There are several ways for Actors to pay this participation fee including obtaining Stage Bill program Ads from local business and individual sponsors totaling upto double of the participation fee (i.e. $100 in ads and sponsors for a Lead or Supporting Actor or $60 for Oompa-Loompas). If this is something you need help with, please see a production staff member for guidelines.
While being memorized is not required it is a plus! 😀
Those auditioning for only Oompa-Loompas you should prepare to sing the following song from the show (the music is in the back of this packet): Oompa-Loompa 1
Please note: these are just suggestions and the information is from a third party outside source so some links may not work. (https://www.theatretrip.com/audition-songs-for-willy-wonka/?fbclid=IwAR2yVgQvE8dAWZYHlAaGduE-jxWCjS9GO3H4gHwWcj-YbdU_D3gh833s9m0)
Augustus Gloop“Food, Glorious Food” – Oliver! Sheet Music | Listen “How Lucky You Are” – Seussical Sheet Music | Listen “Magic Foot” – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Sheet Music | Listen
Candy Man“Beautiful Girl” – Singin’ in the Rain Sheet Music | Listen “Butter Outta Cream” – Catch Me If You Can Sheet Music | Listen “Grand Knowing You” – She Loves Me Sheet Music | Listen “Singin’ in the Rain” – Singin’ in the Rain Sheet Music | Listen
Charlie Bucket“All Part of the Magic” – The Grunch Sheet Music | Listen “Electricity” – Billy Elliot Sheet Music | Listen “It’s Possible” – Seussical Sheet Music | Listen “On Your Way Home” – James and the Giant Peach Sheet Music | Listen “Where is Love?” – Oliver! Sheet Music | Listen
Grandpa Joe“A Man Has Dreams” – Mary Poppins Sheet Music | Listen “Days Gone By” – She Loves Me Sheet Music | Listen “Look Over There” – La Cage aux Folles Sheet Music | Listen “Something Was Missing” – Annie Sheet Music | Listen
Mrs. Gloop“A Spoonful of Sugar” – Mary Poppins Sheet Music | Listen “Listen to Your Heart” – Young Frankenstein Sheet Music | Listen “Morning Person” – Shrek Sheet Music | Listen “The Cake I Had” – Grey Gardens Sheet Music | Listen
Mike Teavee“Picture Show” – Bonnie & Clyde [Young Clyde’s part] Sheet Music | Listen “Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun” – A Christmas Story Sheet Music | Listen “When I Get My Name in Lights” – The Boy from Oz Sheet Music | Listen
Veruca Salt“Born to Entertain” – Ruthless Sheet Music | Listen “Let Me Entertain You” – Gypsy Sheet Music [Start at bar 27] | Listen “My New Philosophy” – You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown Sheet Music | Listen “Naughty” – Matilda Sheet Music | Listen
Violet Beauregarde“I Gotta Crow” – Peter Pan Sheet Music | Listen “I Speak Six Languages” – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Sheet Music | Listen “My Friend, The Dictionary” – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Sheet Music | Listen
Willy Wonka“How It Ends” – Big Fish Sheet Music | Listen “I Want to Make Magic” – Fame Sheet Music | Listen “Once Upon a Time” – All American [write in lyrics before audition] Sheet Music | Listen “Sara Lee” – And the World Goes ‘Round Sheet Music | Listen “The Colors of My Life” – Barnum Sheet Music | Listen
Ensemble (Altos/Mezzos)“Distant Melody” – Peter Pan Sheet Music | Listen “Jet Set” – Catch Me If You Can Sheet Music | Listen “Just Like That” – A Christmas Story Sheet Music | Listen “Live Out Loud” – A Little Princess Sheet Music | Listen “More to the Story” – Shrek Sheet Music | Listen “What a Mother Does” – A Christmas Story Sheet Music | Listen
Ensemble (Baritones)“Extraordinary” – Pippin Sheet Music | Listen “The Man Inside the Clues” – Catch Me If You Can Sheet Music | Listen
Ensemble (Tenors/Baritenors)“Fight the Dragons” – Big Fish Sheet Music | Listen “Look at the Sky” – Urinetown Sheet Music | Listen
General SIDES (For Chorus, General Role including Grampa George, Grandma Georgina, and Grandma Josephine) As soon as my little girl told me that she simply had to have one of those Golden Tickets, I bought hundreds of thousands of Wonka bars. I’m in the nut business, peanuts, cashews, but mainly Brazil nuts. So I had my factory girls stop shelling Brazil nuts and start shelling wrappers. For you, dear, anything...anyway...after days of shelling chocolate, one of my factory gals finally found the blasted Golden Ticket. I let her take the lucky piece of chocolate home to her 17 kids.
WONKA Sides WONKA #1 I am Willy Wonka. In the course of my long and spectacular career, I have created more than two hundred sensational and original new candy bars, each with more than two hundred sensational and original new candy bars, each with a different center, and each one sweeter and creamier and more delicious than the one before!
I can make chewing gum that never loses its taste, and rich caramels that change color every ten seconds as they dissolve delectably in your mouth. I have also created the biggest and best candy empire the world has ever known. But I have no-one to leave it to, no-one to replace me, no-one to make new candy dreams come true when I retire. And the time for me to retire is, alas, already long overdue!
WONKA #2 Bless you Charlie, you did it! You did it!!!! I created this contest with one purpose in mind. To find the perfect person to make new candy dreams come true. This was a test of character Charlie. I carefully selected rooms that would tempt each of our Golden Ticket winners. You, Charlie, did something quite remarkable. You gave in to temptation, you were smart enough not to get caught—and yet, you admitted your guilt. Charlie, do you love my Factory? Because from this moment on, it’s yours!
Grandpa Joe SIDE So Charlie, have I got a story for you. I promised your mom, no zombie stories. This one’s about a little boy… and it just so happens to be this little boy’s birthday… And this little boy thought he’d opened all his presents, but guess what? There was one more… Charlie look here. Now don’t forget, Charlie, there is still a teeny, tiny, million-to-one chance that this here bar could be hiding the fifth and last Golden Ticket!
Mrs Bucket SIDE So Charlie, have I got a story for you. I promised your mom, no zombie stories. This one’s about a little boy… and it just so happens to be this little boy’s birthday… And this little boy thought he’d opened all his presents, but guess what? There was one more… Charlie look here. Now don’t forget, Charlie, there is still a teeny, tiny, million-to-one chance that this here bar could be hiding the fifth and last Golden Ticket!
Mike Teavee SIDE (Mike is watching TV and talking to both his Mom and the reporter.) Shut your pie-hole, toots. Didn’t I tell you not to interrupt! This is the best part! Crack, smack, whack! Dead. Did you see him die? That was so totally awesome! Yeah! I GOT a Ticket, dawg. Big Deal! Means I’m gonna miss at least an hour of my second favorite show AND I’m gonna have to leave the house to tour some stupid Chocolate Factory. Right. Whatever...Hit him! Hit him harder! Who needs school? I got the ‘net, TV and my Game Boy, fool.
Augustus SIDE Here ist mein Golden Ticket, Mr. Vonka. Does zis mean I can haf somesing now to eat? Ah- Ah- Ahchoo! Mr. Vonka, how long until ve may haff ein snack? I haf low blood sugar. Mr. Vonka-- just how many rooms has your factory? Is ze room getting smaller, or am I getting taller? Ah-- ah-- CHOO!
Veruca SIDE Excuse me, Mr. Wonka, I just love your hat! It really sets off your eyes, but of course you have great taste! You know, I would simply adore a pink candy boat… and maybe one of those sweet little Oompa-Loompas to drive it for me! Mr. Wonka, are those squirrels? They’re so adorable! Here, squirrelly-- squirrelly! See here, Wonka, I want a squirrel! And what I want I GET! I want a squirrel and an Oompa-Loompa! I want a squirrel and an Oompa-Loompa and a pink candy boat!
Violet SIDE Ah, can it, Ma! You flap your jaws as much as I do...I’m a gum chewer, normally, but when I heard about Wonka’s contest, I laid off the gum and switched to candy bars. Now of course, I’m right back on gum. In fact, I’ve been working on this piece for over three months solid. I’ve beaten the record set by my best friend, Cornelia Prinzmetel. Hi, Cornelia...listen to this... (Violet chews loudly into the microphone.) That’s the sound of you losing! Listen some more... (Violet chews even more loudly adding smacks and pops.)
Charlie SIDE CHARLIE #1 Really? (tears open the candy bar and takes a bite) Mm...it’s so good! A perfect blend of Belgian Dark chocolate and New World light, with subtle overtones of Moroccan espresso. Wonka’s a genius! Thanks. I’d better get to school. Do you think I could have just one more? I’ll pay for it. I think I’ll share this one with my family...Grandpa Joe likes the Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight, but grandma Josephina likes the Nutt-a-riffic. (finds the Golden Ticket) I found the Golden Ticket!
CHARLIE #2 Um… Good-bye, Mr. Wonka. Just a moment. Mr. Wonka. I don’t deserve a lifetime supply of chocolate -- I tasted the fizzy lifting drink and I broke the rules. And I’m very sorry. But thank you for a wonderful day and the most wonderful tour of your factory was better than Christmas!
- “Pure Imagination
- “I Eat More”
- “Think Positive”
- “I See It All On TV”
- “Cheer Up Charlie”
- “Chew It”
- “I Want It Now”
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. Willy Wonka is a young man (or a young woman) who is charismatic, engaging and has a great voice. Willy is also funny and serious and change between the two on a dime. Willy Wonka also doubles 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. Gender: Any Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: G3
Charlie Bucket Charlie Bucket is the emotional heart and soul of the musical. Charlie has an unchanged voice and lots of pluck and enthusiasm. Charlie is in nearly every scene, and the actor should be able to handle the demands of a sizable role. Gender: Male Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: A3
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 look on the bright side. He is kind, funny, and makes a great duo with Charlie. The role sings a bit, but the singing is secondary to the actor's solid acting skills. Gender: Male 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. Vocal range top: C#5 Vocal range bottom: D4
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. Gender: Female Vocal range top: Db5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Grandma Josephina, Grandma Georgina, and Grandpa George Charlie's three grandparents are mainly non-singing character roles. They are innately interesting and have good comic timing.
Phineous Trout Phineous is the reporter who announces the winners of the Golden Ticket contest throughout the show. The role requires some singing, and an actor that has a great announcer's voice and good stage presence. Gender: Male/Female Vocal range top: C5 Vocal range bottom: B3
Oompa-Loompa Chorus Who doesn’t know what an Oompa-Loompa is? Come on! 😀 Gender: Any Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: A3
Augustus Gloop Augustus is the overachieving eater. 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. Gender: Male 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. Gender: Female 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 understand 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. Gender: Male 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. Gender: Female 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. Gender: Female 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 gum-chewing daughter, with less than stellar results. The role is virtually non-singing. Her accent should match Violet's and the two should make a good pair onstage. Gender: Female Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: C4
Veruca Salt Veruca is wealthy, class-conscious, and completely spoiled. She is often portrayed with a high British and/or Russian 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 lady with a strong voice. Veruca should contrast sharply with Violet Beauregarde in terms of look and physical type. Gender: Female Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: A3
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 and/or Russian 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. Gender: Male Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: C4
All Other Parts (Kids/Chorus/Cooks) Gender: Male Vocal range top: F#4 Vocal range bottom: A3 Gender: Female Vocal range top: B4 Vocal range bottom: C#4
Willy Wonka gathers all the Oompa-Loompas to announce his retirement and the search for the perfect "bright spark" of a child to replace him ("Golden Age of Chocolate").
Meanwhile, Charlie Bucket lives in a tiny shack with his family. They are very, very poor. Mr. Bucket asks Charlie to go out and see if anyone is done with the newspaper. As Charlie goes out, he sees children waiting outside of his house with nickels in hand for the Candy Man. The only child without a nickel is Charlie. The Candy Man comes along with Wonka treats and offers Charlie a lollipop "on the house" ("The Candy Man"). Charlie asks the Candy Man for his newspaper and brings it home. As Charlie gives the paper to his father, Mr. Bucket reads in the newspaper that Mr. Willy Wonka is having a contest! Golden Tickets have been hidden in five bars of chocolate; the lucky people who find Golden Tickets will win a tour of the factory and a lifetime supply of chocolate.
Soon, Charlie learns the enormous eater, Augustus Gloop, has found the first Golden Ticket in Munich, Germany ("I Eat More"). The reporter, Phineous Trout, announces that Veruca Salt has found the second Golden Ticket in São Paulo, Brazil. Veruca's father assisted her search by having factory workers shell chocolate wrappers.
Saddened to hear that there are only three Golden Tickets left, Charlie heads home, finding his father with news that he has just lost his job at the toothpaste factory. Charlie tells his father to remain cheerful, even though times are tough ("Think Positive").
The next day is Charlie's birthday, and he receives a Wonka bar for his present... but no Golden Ticket is found. The family tunes in the radio, only to learn Violet Beauregarde, of Snellville, Georgia, has found the third Golden Ticket. Violet is a gum chewer who switched to chocolate in order to win the contest, but is now back to constantly chewing gum. Phineous Trout interrupts to announce that Mike Teavee, in Television City, California, has found the fourth Golden Ticket. Mike and his mother explain that the only thing they need is TV, the Internet and computer games ("I See it All on TV").
Annoyed with all of the bratty children winning Golden Tickets, the Bucket family turns off the radio. As everyone goes to sleep, Charlie asks Grandpa Joe, a Willy Wonka aficionado, to tell him a Willy Wonka story. Grandpa Joe replies that he has something better: another Wonka bar! Charlie opens it, but is disappointed to find no Golden Ticket inside. Grandpa Joe and Charlie's parents – who have overheard – tell him that it's not so bad ("Cheer Up, Charlie").
The city is blanketed in a deep snow when Charlie encounters the Candy Man on the way to school. Charlie finds a coin buried in the snow and asks the Candy Man if it belongs to him. The Candy Man rewards Charlie with a Wonka bar for being "such a good kid." The starving boy wolfs it down and then immediately purchases another Wonka bar, looks at it hopefully ("Think Positive – Reprise"). Sure enough, Charlie opens the candy bar and finds the final Golden Ticket ("I've Got a Golden Ticket")! He runs home to tell his family of his win. Mrs. Bucket realizes that the tour is today and sends Charlie off to the chocolate factory with a kiss ("At the Gates").
Wonka greets the five winners at the gates. Augustus asks Wonka how many rooms are in his factory, a number that Wonka isn't entirely sure he knows ("In This Room Here"). They begin their tour of the magical factory ("Factory Reveal Sequence"). They arrive at the Chocolate Smelling Room, where Wonka chills chocolate to the perfect temperature for dipping strawberries. Augustus cannot resist tasting the chocolate and falls into a vat of it, which hardens instantly like Magic Shell, trapping Augustus. The Oompa-Loompas remove Augustus and reveal the moral of eating too much ("Oompa-Loompa 1").
For the next part of the journey, Wonka escorts his guests on a pink boat that goes through a dark and scary tunnel ("There's No Knowing"). They arrive at the Inventing Room, where Violet is tempted by the Everlasting Gourmet Gobstopper. Wonka states that it isn't perfected yet and so it should not be chewed, but Violet ignores the statement ("Chew It"). She snatches one, chews it and swells like a giant blueberry. The Oompa-Loompas remove her and explain the hazards of children who chew gum too much ("Oompa-Loompa 2").
Charlie is separated from the group and discovers the Fizzy Lifting Drink. He tastes a bit of the drink and flies up into the sky ("Flying"). He notices, however, that he is about to be sucked in by a giant fan. Before he reaches it, though, Charlie burps and floats safely to the ground ("Burping Song"). He rejoins the group in the Nut Room, where Veruca demands a squirrel, a pink candy boat and an Oompa-Loompa ("I Want it Now!"). Veruca disappears down a trash chute that leads to the garbage incinerator, which may or may not be lit. The Oompa-Loompas discuss the moral of spoiled brats ("Oompa-Loompa 3").
With just Charlie and Mike left, the tour reaches the Choco-vision Room, where Mike meets his temptation and is shrunk to barely six inches tall. The Oompa-Loompas discuss the moral of too much TV and technology ("Oompa-Loompa 4").
At the conclusion of the tour, Charlie does something remarkable: he thanks Wonka for the tour, admitting to tasting the Fizzy Lifting Drink and breaking the rules. Wonka reveals the truth: that the tour was a test of character, and only Charlie has succeeded! Wonka proclaims Charlie as his successor; the four other Golden Ticket holders enter, now all the wiser as a result of their experiences that day. Charlie reenters, dressed exactly as Wonka, groomed to take over and invent new candy ("Finale").
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