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MTC's Willy Wonka Kids!
McLaughlin Studio Theatre
Loomis, CA
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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 Kids is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth.

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Kids 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, but 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.

Ages 6-13

July 25-August 6, 2016

9:00am-1:00pm

Tuition: $265

Shows:
Friday, August 5, 2016         7pm
Saturday, August 6, 2016    7pm

Placement auditions will be held during the first rehearsal day. All students enrolled will get a part in the show.

Music and Dance intensive show.

Please Prepare 1 to 2 minutes from a Broadway song (NOT Willy Wonka Kids) to sing at your audition.
Please arrive 30 Minutes before the first rehearsal day to fill out paperwork. May be completed in advance.

Closed toe shoes are required. Dance shoes are ideal. If inappropriate shoes are worn, you will not be allowed to participate.

NO FLIP FLOPS or BARE FEET!

Hair should be out of eyes and pulled back off face.

Clothing should allow actors and actresses to move freely.

Headshots and resumes are recommended but not required.

No prepared monologue needed

Please bring a list of dates that conflict with rehearsals.

All rehearsal and show times subject to change.

Final schedule will be announced at start of rehearsals.


Cast:
Willy Wonka / Candy Man
Willy Wonka is an enigmatic character; at once mysterious and mischievous but also charismatic. 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.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Candy Man
The Candy Man goes from neighborhood to neighborhood selling candy, much like an ice cream truck. He should be pleasant, charismatic, and friendly. The Candy Man sings the song "The Candy Man" and has some scene work with Charlie. It's possible for a girl to play this role, but she should play the role as male, otherwise the title of the song may not make sense.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Charlie Bucket
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. Think a male "Annie." Charlie is in nearly every scene, so make sure you select an actor who can handle the demands of a sizable role.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: D5
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 remain cheerful. Cast an actor who can be kind and funny.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Mr. Bucket
These are great roles for young people who have nice voices, and are natural nurturers. Both sing solos; Mr. Bucket performs the number "Think Positive" with Charlie and Mrs. Bucket sings "Cheer Up, Charlie" with Mr. Bucket and Grandpa Joe. Mr. and Mrs. Bucket can double as Oompa-Loompas in the second half of the show.
Gender: Male

Mrs. Bucket
These are great roles for young people who have nice voices, and are natural nurturers. Both sing solos; Mr. Bucket performs the number "Think Positive" with Charlie and Mrs. Bucket sings "Cheer Up, Charlie" with Mr. Bucket and Grandpa Joe. Mr. and Mrs. Bucket can double as Oompa-Loompas in the second half of the show.
Gender: Female

Phineous Trout
Phineous is the reporter who announces the winners of the Golden Ticket contest throughout the show. The role requires some singing, and can be played by either a boy or a girl. If played by a girl, be sure to change the pronouns appropriately.
Gender: Both

Oompa-Loompa Chorus
The Oompa-Loompa Chorus can be as small as a handful of performers or as large as your stage and theater can accommodate. Consider casting your youngest performers as Oompa-Loompas and augment them with a handful of older students who can take the lead and serve as Oompa-Loompa wranglers.
Gender: Both

Augustus Gloop
Augustus is the overachieving eater who represents the evils of eating too much. Be extremely sensitive in casting this role as it is tempting to cast an overweight young person and that can be scarring-especially if the child struggles with this issue. Consider casting a thin child and creating the illusion of size via the costume. Either a boy or a girl acting like a boy can play Augustus.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: Db5
Vocal range bottom: Eb4

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. The role requires a character actress who isn't afraid to take positive risks both in her acting and her singing.
Gender: Female

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 know 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. Mike could also be portrayed by a girl playing a boy, but generally works best with a male actor.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: Db5
Vocal range bottom: Db4

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 Carol Brady (The Brady Bunch). She's perfectly put together and a bit vacant.
Gender: Female

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. The song is a tour-de-force for the right voice, so cast a young lady with strong voice.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: Db5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Veruca Salt
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's solo number "I Want It Now" is deceptively tricky and comes late in the show, so select a young woman with a strong voice. Veruca should contrast sharply with Violet Beauregarde in terms of look and physical type.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Grandma Josephina
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. These actors can double as Oompa-Loompas in the second half of the show.
Gender: Female

Grandma Georgina
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. These actors can double as Oompa-Loompas in the second half of the show.
Gender: Female

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. These actors can double as Oompa-Loompas in the second half of the show.
Gender: Male

James
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.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: A3

Matilda
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.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: C#4

The Candy Man Kids
Sophie, Danny, Alfie, Billie and additional kids as needed are The Candy Man Kids -. These kids sing "The Candy Man" and their numbers may be expanded as you see fit and your program will allow. The names of the characters have been drawn from other Roald Dahl books. Feel free to assign additional names to match the number of performers you cast. All students like to go home and exclaim "I'm playing Alfie" versus "I'm just Kid 2 in 'The Candy Man.'") You may also cast a single class (say the sixth grade chorus) to perform these roles, as they appear only in this number unless you choose to double them as Cooks and Oompa-Loompas.
Gender: Both

Mrs. Beauregarde
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.
Gender: Female

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 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. A female actress playing male may also play the role.
Gender: Male

Squirrels
The squirrels are non-speaking, non-singing roles and you can cast as many as necessary. This is a great part for beginning actors.
Gender: Both

Chorus Of Cooks
Gender: Both

Parent Volunteer hours are required for all MTC productions. Please call or refer to the MTC production packet for full details.

McLaughlin Studios and McLaughlin Theatre Company is a good place to be creative, get in shape and have fun. We are located on Swetzer Road in Loomis and offer the best in music lessons, dance classes and theatre workshops and productions.

For more information please visit www.mtctheatre.org or call or email McLaughlin Studios at 916-652-6377, mclaughlintheatrecompany@gmail.com.
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Space may still be available. Please call the studio for more information. 916-652-6377.

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McLaughlin Studio Theatre (View)
3470 Swetzer Rd.
Loomis, CA 95650
United States

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Minimum Age: 6
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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