- WILLY WONKA/CANDY MAN
Willy Wonka is an enigmatic character; at once mysterious and mischievous but also charismatic.
- 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.”
- 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. The role sings a bit, but the singing is secondary.
- MR. AND 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.
- PHINEOUS TROUT
Phineous is the reporter who announces the winners of the Golden Ticket contest throughout the show. The role requires some singing, either a boy or a girl can play the role.
- OOMPA-LOOMPA CHORUS
- AUGUSTUS GLOOP
Augustus is the overachieving eater who represents the evils of eating too much. Augustus sings “I Eat More!” along with his mother and Phineous Trout.
- 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.
- 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”.
- MS. TEAVEE
Ms. Teavee is a take on all television moms of the distant past. She’s perfectly put together and a bit vacant. She sings “I See It All On TV”.
- 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.
- 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”.
- GRANDMA JOSEPHINA, GRANDMA GEORGINA, and GRANDPA GEORGE
Charlie’s three grandparents are mainly non-singing character roles.
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 CANDY MAN Willy Wonka's eyes and ears on the outside of his chocolate factory. Sings " The Candy Man".
- THE CANDY MAN KIDS
These kids sing and dance in “The Candy Man”
- CHORUS OF COOKS
The Cooks appear during “I Eat More!” presenting Augustus with a smorgasbord of food choices.
- 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. Her accent should match Violet’s.
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.
The squirrels are non-speaking, non-singing roles.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Parts Available for Willy Wonka
Posted by Karma at 12:45 PM