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Based on the children's book "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory", Willy Wonka follows the story of five children who are chosen to tour Mr. Wonka's world-famous chocolate factory. Watch to find out if the children will succeed in winning a lifetime supply of chocolate, or if their naughty behaviors will get the best of them... This stage production features songs from the 1971 Gene Wilder film version.

 

Willy Wonka runs approximately 3 hours with a 15 minute intermission and is most enjoyed by ages 7-adult. Performances will be held at the Lakeville Area Arts Center (20965 Holyoke Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044)

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audition registration

important:

In-person auditions for CCT's production of Willy Wonka are now full. If you wish to submit a video audition, please follow the instructions below. Video auditions MUST be received by CCT no later than Sun. Jan. 8 at 11:59pm (no exceptions, including technology errors). Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

Qualifications to Submit a Video Audition

In order to qualify to submit a video audition for Willy Wonka, actors must either be 10 years of age (or older) OR be a returning CCT actor who is age 5+ and who has participated in a past CCT production or class. If you are unable to audition for this production, please keep an eye out for CCT's May auditions for Disney's The Little Mermaid. May auditions will have more available slots and a wait list for actors who are unable to secure an in-person registration.

 

How to Submit a Video Audition

 

1.) Download the Acting Audition Form, Conflict Calendar, and Singing Audition Form by clicking HERE. Make sure to fill out the forms completely, especially the conflict calendar. If you do not have conflicts, please write, "none" on the conflict calendar. You will need to attach all forms to your email audition in order to be considered for the show.

 

2.) For your singing audition, please record yourself singing approx. 32 measures (or 30 seconds) of a song of your choosing. PLEASE do not sing a complete song. The song can be as simple as Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, a song from a musical theater production, or another song you enjoy. We recommend recording your singing audition and acting audition separately. You can perform the song in one of the following ways; 

 

Singing Acapella: This means singing the song without accompaniment. We recommend this option for actors who are new to theater/choir, actors aged 10 and under, and for those who don't want to bother with finding accompaniment. (Most actors auditioning will choose this method.)

Sing with a Backing Track: This means singing the song with recorded accompaniment. The backing track should be instrumentation only and not include singing on it. (Try searching for karaoke track with the name of your song, if you are looking for a track on YouTube.)

Sing with Accompaniment: This means singing the song while someone accompanies you on piano. Do NOT choose this method unless you (or someone you know) is VERY confident on piano.

3.) For your acting audition, please record yourself doing ONE of the following auditions. Actors auditioning in-person will not get time to practice, so don't worry about making your acting audition perfect. Simply take a few moments to think about what you'd like to do and then record the audition - don't overthink it :) This audition should only be 20-60 seconds once filmed. If it's easier for you to add a couple lines or words while counting that is ok, but you only need to say the numbers and should not add more than three lines (if you choose to do so).

 

If you are helping a younger actor audition, you can simply explain the rules, choose one of the options below, and ask them to perform it - no prep needed!

Option 1: Please count from one to ten. At one, pretend you are opening a gift, at ten, pretend you are throwing a temper tantrum. 

Option 2: Please count from one to ten. At one, pretend you are doting (supportive) parent, at ten, pretend you are a mad scientist. 

Option 3: Please count from one to ten. At one, pretend you are a bird flying in the sky, at ten, pretend you are a scary dinosaur.

4.) Once you have recorded all parts of your audition and filled out the forms, please send an email to info@castleco.org with the subject line Video Audition - [Your Name]

Be sure to attach the following;

- Audition Forms (including the singing form, acting form and calendar)

- Acting Audition Video

- Singing Audition Video

If the directors would like to call you back to read and/or sing for a specific role, you will receive an email by the afternoon of Mon. Jan. 12 with additional info and call times. Most actors who are cast in the production will NOT receive a callback email. Please keep in mind that if CCT is unable to cast everyone who auditions from a certain age group, priority for ensemble roles will be given to actors with the fewest conflicts and those who are auditioning in-person.

 

The cast list will be posted no later than midnight on Sun. Jan. 15, at www.castleco.org (on the Auditions page) and will include the names of the actors who have been cast and the roles they have been cast in. We will try our best to send an email to all who submit a video audition to let them know when the list has been posted, but it is best to check yourself as we cannot guarantee we won't miss someone.

 

*Please note that, currently, there are 240 actors registered to audition (not including video auditions). CCT intends to cast approx. 150 actors in the production (most will be cast in ensemble roles). If we are unable to cast you in this production, please audition in the future! CCT's next audition opportunity will be in May for Disney's The Little Mermaid, which will include a cast of 150-200 actors.

 

We know this is a lot of information to digest, and we appreciate you taking the time to read through it! If you have any questions, please email CCT's Artistic Director, Kayla Yaeger at info@castleco.org

audition info

Show Description

Based on the children's book "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory", Willy Wonka follows the story of five children who are chosen to tour Mr. Wonka's world-famous chocolate factory. Watch to find out if the children will succeed in winning a lifetime supply of chocolate, or if their naughty behaviors will get the best of them... This stage production features songs from the 1971 Gene Wilder film version.

Audition Dates, Ages and Cast Size

Auditions will be held at the Lakeville Area Arts Center and will be open to all actors age 5 - Adult, regardless of experience level. Approx. 150+ actors will be cast in the production. Actors will have the option to select a full-time or part-time preference for their roles. Full-time actors participate in all performances and dress rehearsals and have a more strenuous production schedule. Part-time actors participate in half of the performances and dress rehearsals and have a less strenuous production schedule. The fee is the same regardless of being cast in a part-time or full-time role.

In-Person Audition dates and times:

Jan. 9, 2023 - with audition slots at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm (30 auditions allowed per time slot)

Jan. 10, 2023 - with audition slots at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm (30 auditions allowed per time slot)

Jan. 11, 2023 - with audition slots at 6pm and 7:30pm (30 auditions allowed per time slot)

Email/Recorded Auditions will also be permitted for new actors age 10+ or returning actors age 5+. Please keep in mind that it is always best to audition in-person whenever possible. Information for video auditions can be found by scrolling up on this page.

Rehearsal Dates

Script Pick-Up & Read-Through: Wed. Jan. 18, 2023 (subject to change)

Regular Rehearsals: Jan. 23 through March 10

Dress Rehearsals: March 13-21

 

Rehearsals will be held weeknight evenings from 6pm - 9pm at the Castle Corner (CCT's rehearsal space) in downtown Farmington (431 3rd. St. Farmington, 55024). Saturday morning rehearsals may be scheduled if needed. Rehearsals for younger actors will not run past 8:30pm. Rehearsal schedules will be set after auditions.

 

Dress Rehearsals will run each night from 6pm - 10pm.

 

CCT will ask actors to fill out their availability on a calendar prior to their audition. Casting priority will be given to actors who have the most availability to rehearse. Actors who will miss the majority of dates between March 13-21 are unlikely to be cast and should not audition without first emailing info@castleco.org. Actors who will miss performance dates between March 22 and April 2 may still be considered for ensemble roles.

Performance Dates

Wednesday, March 22 at 7pm

Thursday, March 23 at 7pm

Friday, March 24 at 7pm

Saturday, March 25 at 2pm

Saturday, March 25 at 7pm

Sunday, March 26 at 4pm

Tuesday, March 28 at 7pm

Wednesday, March 29 at 7pm

Thursday, March 30 at 7pm

Saturday, April 1 at 2pm

Saturday, April 1 at 7pm

Sunday, April 2 at 5pm

Up to two additional weekday afternoon performances may be added the week of March 20, 2023. These performances would only be for full-time actors.

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Participation Fee (paid after casting)

Ages 5-17 = $175 each (first two actors per family) and $75 each (each additional actor per family)

Ages 18+ = $0 (adults are encouraged to help through concession donations, volunteering, etc.)

Accessibility Information

 

CCT wishes to make theatre accessible to everyone, including those with limited mobility, learning needs and those unable to pay the participation fee due to financial need. If you need accommodations in order to audition, please email info@castleco.org. Fee assistance will be available for those cast who are in need of financial assistance and can be applied for after production is cast.

Recorded Audition Information

 

If you are unable to attend auditions and wish to audition via recorded video, please prepare to fill out several forms of paperwork and create two videos which you will send as part of your audition. Additional information will be posted at the end of Dec. If you do NOT see information by Dec. 26th, please email info@castleco.org for details.

production roles

Willy Wonka (portrays male, approx. age 50+) - The most famous chocolate maker in the world and also the narrator of the play. Willy Wonka is charming, charismatic and sometimes a bit wonky. Actors portraying this character should be energetic and also portray a sense of timelessness. Actors younger than age 50 may also be considered for this role.

 

Charlie Bucket (portrays male, approx. age 10-14) - One of Willy Wonka's golden ticket winners. A sweet, honest, humble boy from a poor family. Charlie maintains a sense of hope and wonder about the world, even when situations are not at their best.

August Gloop (portrays male, approx. age 10-14) - One of Willy Wonka's golden ticket winners. A gluttonous German boy who is cheerful and jolly. He defines himself by his ability to eat large quantities of food.

Veruca Salt (portrays female, approx. age 10-14) - One of Willy Wonka's golden ticket winners. A wealthy, spoiled British girl. She is accustomed to having her father giver her everything she wants, no matter the price, and does not like the word "no".

Mike Teavee (portrays male, approx. age 10-14) - One of Willy Wonka's golden ticket winners. A lover of video games and the internet, a bit of a know-it-all who is addicted to media and cares little for anything else.

Violet Beuregarde (portrays female, approx. age 10-14) - One of Willy Wonka's golden ticket winners. A competitive girl who focuses all of her attention on coming in first, no matter the contest or prize. Constantly chewing gum.

Candy Man (portrays any gender, approx. age 18+) - A local candy vendor who believes whole-heartily in the magical feeling that only opening a bar of chocolate can provide.

Phineous Trout (portrays any gender, approx. age 18+) - A lively reporter covering the Golden Ticket story. This role does NOT sing.

Mr. Bucket (portrays male, approx. age 40+) - Charlie's father. Works at a toothpaste factory.

Mrs. Bucket (portrays female, approx. age 40+) - Charlie's mother. Takes care of the family, including four aging grandparents who seldom leave their bed.

Grandpa Joe (portrays male, approx. age 70+) - Charlie's (arguably favorite) grandparent. A caring, patience and kindhearted man who finds a new burst of youthful vigor after several years in bed.

Grandma Josephine (portrays fmeale, approx. age 70+) - Charlie's grandmother.

Grandpa George (portrays male, approx. age 70+) - Charlie's grandfather who is hard of hearing.

Grandma Georgina (portrays female, approx. age 70+) - Charlie's grandmother.

Mrs. Gloop (portrays female, approx. age 35+) - Augustus' mother who treats him like a toddler and encourages his eating habits as if he were a baby trying food for the first time. (This role could be portrayed as male but is usually portrayed as a female.)

Mr. Salt (portrays male, approx. age 35+) - A wealthy British man who owns a nut factory and spoils his daughter Veruca, making her think she can have whatever she likes without repercussion. (This role could be portrayed as female but is usually portrayed as a male.)

Ms. Teavee (portrays female, approx. age 35+) - A cheerful woman who is fairly uninvolved and clueless when it comes to her son. (This role could be portrayed as male but is usually portrayed as a female.)

Mrs. Beauregarde (portrays female, approx. age 35+) - A helicopter parent who lives vicariously through her daughter and encourages her competitive behavior. (This role could be portrayed as female but is usually portrayed as a male.)

Vocal Ensemble (portrays any gender, approx. age 14+) - This ensemble group will be made up of strong singers, usually those with several years of singing or theatre experience. Members of this ensemble group will sing in most/all ensemble songs in the show. Some songs will be sung off-stage as vocal support for the onstage actors, while others will be sung onstage performing as various roles throughout the show.

 

Townspeople Ensemble (portrays any gender, approx. age 5+) - Local youth and adult villagers who celebrate in the story of the Golden Tickets and appear throughout the first act in various scenes. Actors in this group will sing in one or two songs and participate in one or more scene. Many of the actors in this group will likely be members of the Vocal Ensemble. These roles will most likely be played by full-time actors.

Cook/Chef Ensemble (portrays any gender, approx. age. 14+) - Chefs who rejoice in Augustus finding a golden ticket. Members of this ensemble sing in I Eat More. Many of the actors in this group will likely be members of the vocal ensemble. These roles will most likely be played by full-time actors.

Oompa-Loompa Ensemble (portrays any gender, approx. age. 5+) - Mysterious workers employed by Willy Wonka who work tirelessly, but joyfully, to create the candies in his factory. Most/all actors cast as Oompa Loomps will participate in 1-2 songs in the production. Some actors cast as full-time Oompa Loompas may participate in up to 6 songs. These roles will be played by full-time and part-time actors. Actors cast as Oompa Loompas will NOT be asked to wear facepaint.

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