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ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA JR (Youth)


AUDITIONS: December 16, 2017 • Time: 12:00pm-2:30pm
AGES: 6-18

REHEARSALS:
December 26-29: 9am-5pm
January 2-4: 9am-5pm

PERFORMANCES: (1 Weekend/4 Shows)
January 5 – 7: Friday @ 7:30 pm • Saturday @ 3:30 pm & 7:30 pm • Sunday @ 3:30 pm

Director/Choreographer: Annelea Bootle
Music Director: Sarah Patterson
Stage Manager: Courtney Sackett

ABOUT THE SHOW:
Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. 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.

WHAT TO PREPARE
Please prepare songs from Willy Wonka JR as indicated below. Be prepared to read scenes from the script and participate in a brief dance audition.

Prepare one of the following songs from Willy Wonka JR:
–“Pure Imagination” 0:00-1:08
–“Think Positive” 0:00-0:57
–“I Want it Now” (full song)

All links to music (guide vocals and karaoke) can be found here:https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c39zyy5n3ajibuv/AACk5RGZR47OdNgobdDCny32a?dl=0

A link to the Willy Wonka JR script/lyrics can be downloaded here:https://www.dropbox.com/s/3f07z0ivy75z0g8/WillyWonkaScript.pdf?dl=0

TUITION
$350, due after casting. There is no fee to audition.
If you are interested in applying for the Kristin Hurter Memorial Tuition Assistance Program for your child, please email Alisha McMillen at amcmillen4@comcast.net for details on requirements and the application process. A link to the application can be downloaded at:https://www.dropbox.com/s/k31q1y4bthh4ld3/Hurter%20Application%20Form%2010-17.pdf?dl=0

ABOUT THE SHOW:
Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. 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.

CAST OF CHARACTERS
WILLY WONKA / CANDY MAN: Willy Wonka is an enigmatic character; at once mysterious and mischievous but also charismatic. There are a number of directions to take with Wonka, ranging from Gene Wilder’s version in the original film, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, to Johnny Depp’s portrayal in the recent film, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, and everything in between. Pick a young man (or a young woman) who is charismatic, engaging and has a great voice (in the case of a young man, preferably a changed voice). The actor should be able to be funny and serious and change between the two on a dime. 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: F5
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.
Vocal range top: F#5
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. The role sings a bit, but the singing is secondary.
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

MR BUCKET: 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. Mr. Bucket can double as an Oompa-Loompas in the second half of the show.
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: D#4

MRS BUCKET: 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. Mrs. Bucket can double as Oompa-Loompas in the second half of the show.
Vocal range top: Db5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

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 doubled by Wonka or played by another actor. In addition, either a boy or a girl can play the role.
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: Eb3

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 (like the sixth grade chorus) and augment them with a handful of older students who can take the lead and serve as Oompa-Loompa wranglers.

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. 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.
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: B3

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.
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: B3

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.
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: G3

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 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.
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: B3

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.
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: G3

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.

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.
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G3

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.

GRANDMA JOSEPHINA, GRANDMA GEORGINA, AND 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.

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.
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.
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: C#4

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 in Willy Wonka JR.” versus “I’m just Kid 2 in ‘The Candy Man.'”)
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3

CHORUS OF COOKS: The Cooks appear during “I Eat More!” presenting Augustus with a smorgasbord of food choices.
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3

SQUIRRELS:
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3

 

NOISES OFF (Adult)


AUDITIONS: December 3, 2017 • Time: 7pm-10pm
AGES: 18+

REHEARSALS:
December 12-January 4: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 7pm-10pm
January 8-18: Monday-Thursday 7pm-10pm
January 19 7pm-10pm
January 21-25: 6pm-10pm

PERFORMANCES: (2 Weekends/8 Shows)
Jan. 26 – Feb. 4: Fridays @ 8 pm • Saturdays @ 3 pm & 8 pm • Sundays @ 3 pm

Director: Jeff Sensat

ABOUT THE SHOW:
Noises Off is a 1982 play by the English playwright Michael Frayn. The idea for it came in 1970, when Frayn was watching from the wings a performance of The Two of Us, a farce that he had written for Lynn Redgrave. He said, “It was funnier from behind than in front, and I thought that one day I must write a farce from behind.”[1] The prototype, a short-lived one-act play called Exits, was written and performed in 1977. At the request of his associate, Michael Codron, Frayn expanded this into what would become Noises Off. It takes its title from the theatrical stage direction indicating sounds coming from offstage.

 

 

 

 

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS: The Musical (Teen)


AUDITIONS: December 21, 2017 • Time: 6pm-10pm
AGES: TBA

** Please prepare a song from a Broadway musical or in a similar style to the show. Song must be karaoke on a CD or Smart Phone. Wear comfortable clothing for choreography & bring resume’ and headshot (if you have them).

REHEARSALS:
March 12-16 9am-5pm
March 18-22 6pm-10pm

PERFORMANCES: (1 Weekend/4 Shows)
March 22-25: Thursday @ 7:30 pm • Friday @ 7:30 pm • Saturday @ & 7:30 pm • Sunday @ 3:30 pm

Director/Choreographer: TBA
Music Director: Johnny Nichols Jr

TUITION: TBA

ABOUT THE SHOW:

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little MermaidBeauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!

 

 

 

 

DISNEY’S ALADDIN JR (Youth)


AUDITIONS: January 16, 2018 • Time: 5:30-8:30pm
AGES: TBA

** Please prepare a song from a Disney or Broadway musical. Song must be karaoke on a CD or Smart Phone. Wear comfortable clothing for choreography & bring resume’ and headshot (if you have them).

REHEARSALS:
January 18-February 15, Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday, January 20 8am-1pm
Friday, February 16 5pm-10pm
Sunday, February 18 5:30-8:30pm
Tuesday, February 20 5:30-8:30pm
Wednesday, February 21 5:30-8:30pm
Thursday, February 22 5:30-8:30pm

PERFORMANCES: (2 Weekends/8 Shows)
Feb. 23 – March 4: Fridays @ 7:30 pm • Saturdays @ 3:30 pm & 7:30 pm • Sundays @ 3:30 pm

Director/Choreographer: Mandy Seymore-Sensat
Music Director: Sarah Patterson

TUITION: TBA

ABOUT THE SHOW:
When the street urchin, Aladdin, vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, Jasmine, he uses a genie’s magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Iago, Jafar, the Genie and more are here in Disney’s Aladdin JR., a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love.

 

 

 

TBA YOUTH SHOW (Youth)


AUDITIONS: February 17 • Time: 1pm-7pm
AGES: TBA

** Please prepare a song from a Disney or Broadway musical. Song must be karaoke on a CD or Smart Phone. Wear comfortable clothing for choreography & bring resume’ and headshot (if you have them).

REHEARSALS:
Sunday, February 18 2:30-5:30pm
Wednesday, February 21 5:30-7pm
Sundays, February 25 & March 4 5:30-8:30
Wednesday, February 28 5:30-8:30
Sunday, March 4 5:30-8:30pm
Tuesday, March 6 5:30-8:30pm
Wednesday, March 7 5:30-8:30pm
Thursday, March 8 5:30-8:30pm
Sunday, March 18 2:30-5:30pm
Wednesday, March 21 5:30-8:30pm
Sunday, March 25 2:30-8:30pm
Wednesday, March 28 5:30-8:30pm
Wednesday, April 4 5:30-8:30pm
Friday, April 6 5-10pm
Sunday, April 8 2:30-5:30pm
Wednesday, April 11 5:30-8:30pm
Friday, April 13 5-10pm
Sunday, April 15 2:30-8:30pm
Tuesday, April 17 5:30-8:30pm
Wednesday, April 18 5:30-8:30pm
Thursday, April 19 5:30-8:30pm

PERFORMANCES: (2 Weekends/8 Shows)
April 20-29: Fridays @ 7:30 pm • Saturdays @ 3:30 pm & 7:30 pm • Sundays @ 3:30 pm

Director/Choreographer: Mandy Seymore-Sensat
Music Director: Sarah Patterson

TUITION: TBA

ABOUT THE SHOW: TBA

 

 

 

 

 

TBA SUMMER MUSICAL (Adult)


AUDITIONS: March 10 & 17 • Time: TBA
AGES: TBA

REHEARSALS: TBA

PERFORMANCES: (3 Weekends/12 Shows)
July 20-August 5: Fridays @ 8pm • Saturdays @ 3pm & 8pm • Sundays @ 3pm

Director:  TBA

ABOUT THE SHOW: TBA

 

 

 

 

 

HEATHERS 101: The Musical (Teen)


AUDITIONS: March 26 • Time: 5:30-8:30pm
AGES: TBA

REHEARSALS: Summer 2018

PERFORMANCES: (1 Weekend/4 Shows)
June 22-24: Friday @ 7:30 pm • Saturday @ 3:30 pm & 7:30 pm • Sunday @ 3:30 pm

Director: TBA

TUITION: TBA

ABOUT THE SHOW: Heathers The Musical (High School Edition) is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously handsome new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized butt… but J.D. has another plan for that bullet.

Brought to you by the award-winning creative team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, Desperate Housewives), Laurence O’Keefe (Bat Boy, Legally Blonde) and director Andy Fickman (Reefer Madness, She’s the Man), Heathers The Musical (High School Edition) is a hilarious, heartfelt and homicidal new show based on the greatest teen comedy of all time.

 

 

 

 

JUNIE B. JONES JR (Youth)


AUDITIONS: March 27 • Time: 5:30-8:30
AGES: TBA

** Please prepare a song from a Disney or Broadway musical. Song must be karaoke on a CD or Smart Phone. Wear comfortable clothing for choreography & bring resume’ and headshot (if you have them).

REHEARSALS:
Tuesdays & Thursdays March 29- May 3:  5:30-8:30pm
Monday, April 2 5:30-8:30pm
Friday, May 4 5-10pm
Tuesday, May 8 5:30-8:30pm
Wednesday, May 9 5:30-8:30pm
Thursday, May 10 5:30-8:30pm

PERFORMANCES: (1 Weekend/4 Shows)
May 11-13: Friday @ 7:30 pm • Saturday @ 3:30 pm & 7:30 pm • Sunday @ 3:30 pm

Director/Choreographer: Mandy Seymore-Sensat
Music Director: Sarah Patterson

TUITION: TBA

ABOUT THE SHOW: It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting.

 

 

 

 

THE YELLOW BOAT (Youth)


AUDITIONS: April 25 • Time: 5:30-8:30pm
AGES: TBA

REHEARSALS:
Wednesday, May 2 5:30-8:30pm
Sundays May 6 & 20  2:30-8:30pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays May 15-31: 5:30-8:30pm

PERFORMANCES: (1 Weekend/4 Shows)
June 1-3: Friday @ 7:30 pm • Saturday @ 3:30 pm & 7:30 pm • Sunday @ 3:30 pm

Director: Jeff Sensat

TUITION: TBA

ABOUT THE SHOW: The story of The Yellow Boat is a glorious affirmation of a child’s life and the strength and courage of all children. This dramatization is based on the true story of David and Sonja Saar’s son, Benjamin, who was born with congenital hemophilia and died in 1987 at the age of 8 of AIDS-related complications. A uniquely gifted visual artist, Benjamin’s buoyant imagination transformed his physical and emotional pain into a blaze of colors and shapes in his fanciful drawings and paintings. A Scandinavian folksong tells of three little boats: “One was blue, one was red and one was yellow as the sun. They sailed far out to sea. The blue one returned to the harbor. The red one sailed home, too. But the yellow boat sailed up to the sun.” Benjamin always concluded his bedtime ritual by saying, “Mom, you can be the red boat or the blue boat, but I am the yellow boat.” Benjamin’s remarkable voyage continues to touch audiences around the world.

Students cast in The Yellow Boat will also travel to the Texas Non-profit Youth Theatre Festival to present this piece.

 

 

 

 

 

DISNEY’S CAMP ROCK: The Musical (Youth)


AUDITIONS: May 21 • Time: 5:30-8:30
AGES: TBA

REHEARSALS: TBA

PERFORMANCES: (1 Weekend/4 Shows)
August 10-12: Friday @ 7:30 pm • Saturday @ 3:30 pm & 7:30 pm • Sunday @ 3:30 pm

Director: TBA

TUITION: TBA

ABOUT THE SHOW:  Disney’s Camp Rock: The Musical, a combination of The Disney Channels “Camp Rock” and “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” (starring teen idols, Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers) will fire up your stage with over a dozen songs, including “This Is Me,” “Can’t Back Down,” “It’s On” and “We Rock.” A classic story of rivalry and power, Disney’s Camp Rock: The Musicalopens with Mitchie and her friends arriving at Camp Rock, ready to spend another summer jamming out and having the time of their lives. But the new, flashy Camp Star across the lake now threatens Camp Rock’s very existence. To keep the doors open, Mitchie steps up, rallies her fellow Camp Rockers and gets them into top shape for the ultimate showdown!

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