The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.
Willy Wonka / Candy Man
Willy Wonka is an enigmatic character; at once mysterious and mischievous but also charismatic. 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.
The role of Charlie Bucket is the emotional heart and soul of the musical. The actor performing Charlie should have an unchanged voice and lots of pluck and enthusiasm. Charlie is in nearly every scene; the actor will need to handle the demands of a sizable role.
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. An actor who can be kind and funny.
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.
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.
Phineous is the reporter who announces the winners of the Golden Ticket contest throughout the show. The role requires some singing, and can be doubled by Wonka or played by another actor. In addition, either a boy or a girl can play the role.
Singing, dancing chorus of fun characters.
Augustus is the overachieving eater who represents the evils of eating too much. Either a boy or a girl acting like a boy can play Augustus. Augustus sings “I Eat More!” along with his mother and Phineous Trout.
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. The role requires a character actress who isn’t afraid to take positive risks both in her acting and her singing.
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.” Mike and Ms. Teavee sing “I See It All On TV”
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”
Gum chewer extraordinaire, Violet hails from Snellville, Georgia, so it’s nice if she has a Southern American accent, but not necessary. She sings “Chew It” along with Willy Wonka.
Mrs. Beauregard is a teacher of geography and has invested a great deal of hard-earned money on therapy for her daughter, with less than stellar results. The role is non-singing.
Veruca is the wealthy, class-conscious, spoiled brat. She is often portrayed with a high British accent that is by no means required. Veruca’s solo number “I Want It Now”. Veruca should contrast sharply with Violet Beauregarde in terms of look and physical type.
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.
Grandma Josephina, Grandma Georgina, Grandpa George
Charlie’s three grandparents are mainly non-singing character roles. Cast performers that are innately interesting, who have good comic timing and are solid actors.
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.
The ultimate show-biz musical, Tony winner 42ND STREET celebrates Broadway, Times Square, and the people who make the magic of musical theatre. Boy meets girl, girl tries to get into the show, the show’s leading lady breaks her ankle and the “newcomer” chorus girl must try to fill her shoes. With smash hits such as We’re in the Money, Dames, Lullaby of Broadway and the title song, 42nd Street, this light-hearted musical offers tap-dancing fun and entertainment for everyone in the family!
Dorothy Brock — an established Broadway star Peggy Sawyer — young, talented and hopeful Maggie Jones — co-author of Pretty Lady Ann Reilly (Anytime Annie) — chorus girl, sub-principal of Pretty Lady Julian Marsh — Broadway director/producer Billy Lawlor — juvenile lead of Pretty Lady Bert Barry — co-author of Pretty Lady
Phyllis Dale — chorus girl Lorraine Flemming — chorus girl Gladys — chorus girl; singer, non-speaking Andy Lee — dance director Pat Denning — former vaudeville partner of Dorothy’s Abner Dillon — “angel” for Pretty Lady
Diane Lorimer — chorus girl Ethel — chorus girl Oscar — rehearsal pianist Mac — stage manager Frankie — stagehand Young Man with Clipboard — stagehand 2 Thugs — employees of gangster Nick Murphy; one of them non-speaking Doctor — Philadelphia theatre physician Waiter — Gypsy Tea Kettle employee Millie — dancer; non-speaking Willard — theatre electrician; non-speaking Robin — dancer; non-speaking 2 Policemen — dancers; non-speaking Pickpocket/Thief — dancer; non-speaking Young Soldier — dancer; non-speaking Gangster — dancer; non-speaking Conductor — the music director of the theatre pit orchestra; non-speaking
Ensemble Various Kids’ Voices Theatre Personnel Singers and Dancers of the Chorus