CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

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Willy Wonka

(Lead Role, Solo) Willy Wonka is an enigmatic character; all at once mysterious, mischievous but also charismatic. We are looking for someone who is energetic, captivating, engaging and has a great voice. The actor should be able to be funny and serious and change between the two on a dime. This iconic role requires a fantastic actor and singer.

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Charlie

(Lead Role, Solos) Charlie Bucket is the emotional heart and soul of the musical. The actor/actress performing Charlie should have an unchanged voice and lots of pluck and enthusiasm. Charlie is in nearly every scene and should be a great singer, excellent actor, and good at being a young kid role.

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Oompa Loompas

(Ensemble) The Oompa-Loompa Chorus are the workers in Wonka's Candy Factory. This is a super fun role and different special roles will be given within this ensemble group. A handful will have speaking lines and will also be used to create special effects on stage. 

Mr. Bucket

(Lead Role, Solos) This is a great role for a young person who has a nice voice. Mr. Bucket is a kind and humble father who performs a number with Charlie.

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Mrs. Bucket

(Featured Role, Some singing) This is a great role for an actress who is a natural nurturer. Mrs. Bucket sings "Cheer Up, Charlie" with Mr. Bucket and Grandpa Joe. 

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Grandpa Joe

(Lead Role , Solos) 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. We are looking for an actor who can be 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.

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Reporter Trout

(Lead Role, Some Singing) Phineas/Penelope Trout is the reporter who announces the winners of the Golden Ticket contest throughout the show. The role requires some singing, so we are looking for a boy or a girl with a great announcer's voice and good stage presence

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Violet Beauregarde

(Lead role, solos) 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 blue-collar, middle class brat. 

Mrs. Beauregarde

(Featured role, solos) 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.

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Veruca Salt

(Featured Role, Solos) Veruca is  wealthy, class-conscious, and completely spoiled. She is often portrayed with a high British accent that is by no means required (brats come in all nationalities). Veruca's is a young lady with a strong voice. 

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Mr. Salt

(Lead Role, Solos) 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.

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Mike Teavee

(Lead Role, Some Singing)

For this adaptation Mike is not just a TV junky. He is also addicted to video games, the Internet and any other mind-numbing technological device. Mike is bratty, loud and obnoxious. He does not understand the word "no." 

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Mr./Mrs. Teavee

(Lead Role, Some Singing) 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. 

Augustus Gloop

(Lead Role, Some Singing) 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.

Mrs. Gloop

(Lead Role, Some Singing) 

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.

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James

(Featured Role) 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

(Featured Role) 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.

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Candy Man Kids

(Ensemble Role) These kids will sing with the Candy Man and Charlie in the first half of the show. Actors cast in this role will most likely be Oompa Loompas as well.

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Grandma Josephina, Grandma Georgina, Grandpa George

(Lead Role , Solos) Charlie's three grandparents are mainly non-singing character roles. We are looking for performers that are innately interesting, who have good comic timing and are solid actors. 

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Squirrels(Ensemble Role)The squirrels are non-speaking, non-singing roles but will most likely be oompa loompas or a different role as well.