Yorktown Stage is teaming up with John Fanelli’s Lighthouse Youth Arts Center to cast this fall’s production of “Willy Wonka,” to be directed by Barry Liebman. Here’s the audition notice:
“Auditions by Appointments Only. Email only for an appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, Sept. 11, 10 am – 4 pm (at Youth Arts Center, 17 Gramercy Place, Thornwood)
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6 – 10 pm (at Yorktown Stage, 1974 Commerce St., Yorktown Heights)
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6 – 10:30 pm (at Yorktown Stage)
Barry Liebman, Director
Chloe Sasson, Musical Director
Augie Abatecola, Producer
Sheet music in appropriate key
Resume` and Head Shot
(No music necessary for untrained children)
Rehearsals start in early October
Weekday evenings (not all): 6-10 pm
Weekend days (not all): 11a-5p
(8 performances at Yorktown Stage)
Friday, November 18 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 19 @ 11:00 am
Saturday, November 19 @ 4:00 pm
Sunday, November 20 @ 1:00 pm
Friday, November 25 @ 2:00 PM
Saturday, November 26 @ 11:00 am
Saturday, November 26 @ 4:00 pm
Sunday, November 27 @ 1:00 pm
CASTING FOLLOWING ROLES:
(See Character Description below) All roles are open
Mr. Willy Wonka – The eccentric owner of the Wonka chocolate factory. He is filled with a boundless energy and his persona is larger than life. He is also charming and insensitive. His decision to open his factory to 5 lucky children is a calculated ploy to find the perfect child to take over his factory.
Charlie Bucket – Charlie is unassuming and respectful toward everyone in his life. He is undernourished but refuses to ever take an extra portion of food because it would deprive another member of his family. Even though he has every reason to complain, he never does. Charlie is exactly the kind of child that Mr. Wonka wants.
Grandpa Joe – Charlie’s paternal grandfather. Grandpa Joe spends all his time in bed. He is extremely imaginative and fun loving. He realizes a return of his childish energy when Charlie finds the golden ticket. He thinks Mr. Wonka’s idea to send out golden tickets is a marketing stroke of genius, and he continues to think Mr. Wonka is brilliant while the other parents think he is mad. Grandpa Joe is kind and loving and also sensible. He is Charlie’s greatest friend and confidant.
Mrs. Bucket – Charlie’s mother. Mrs. Bucket worries constantly about her son. She unfailingly tries to give Charlie her portion of a meal, which he refuses. She is extremely giving in her efforts to take care of the 4 invalided grandparents with whom she lives.
Mr. Bucket – Charlie’s father. Mr. Bucket is trying to make ends meet and pays all the bills. But he isn’t as much a worry wart as he is logical and reasonable. Augustus Gloop – He is rude and insubordinate in his never-ending quest to fill his own face. His parents choose to indulge him rather than listen to his whining. He suffers for his greed in the factory: while sucking from the chocolate river, he falls in and is sucked up by one of the super pipes. He comes out changed on the other side.
Veruca Salt – Basically, she is a spoiled brat. Veruca demands anything she wants and throws tantrums until her parents meet her demands. She is mean and completely self-involved, and her parents always give in to her wishes. Veruca’s impetuousness causes her trouble at the factory. She demands to own one of Wonka’s trained squirrels, but when she marches in to claim it, it deems her a “bad nut” and sends her down the garbage chute. Mingled with garbage, she comes out changed at the end of the story.
Violet Beauregarde – An avid gum chewer. Violet’s attempt to beat a gum-chewing record completely consumes her. At the factory her gum-chewing antics become her downfall when she grabs an experimental piece of gum against Mr. Wonka’s advice. She eagerly chews the gum and turns into a giant blueberry. After being juiced by Oompa-Loompas, she leaves the factory changed.
Mike Teevee – A boy who cares only for television. The more guns and violence on a show, the more Mike likes it. Mike is slightly more complex than the other bad children in that he is smart enough to realize when Mr. Wonka is lying to him. Still, his attempts to get answers to his questions go completely unheeded. At the factory he wants nothing more than to check out the chocolate television room.
Mrs. Gloop – The Gloops are moronic and indulgent of the son’s overeating. Mrs. Gloop is proud of her son’s appetite and thinks it better that he eat than be a nuisance.
Mr. Salt – Mr. Salt is at his daughter’s beck and call. Whenever she screams and cries he gives in to her every demand. Mr. Salt goes so far as to divert his entire factory from shelling peanuts to shelling candy bars in order to get Veruca the golden ticket she demands.
Mrs. Beauregarde – Violet’s mother. She loves her little girl but possesses common sense.
Ms. Teevee – Mrs. Teavee is a hands-off parent. They allow the television to parent their son.
Grandpa George, Grandma Josephine and Grandma Georgina – Charlie’s grandparents, forgetful, almost deaf, living in the same bed!
Children – Children aged between 8-18 who will play featured friends of Charlie, a Chorus of Cooks and the Oompa Loompas..”