Auditions

Chelsea Area Players is proud to announce auditions for their 2018 summer show, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka!

Producer: Michael Cicirelli
Artistic Director: Jeff Boyer
Music/Vocal Director: Larry Sumner, Jr.
Choreographer: Gayle Martin

—Auditions—
Wednesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 10, 2018, from 6pm-8pm.

St. Mary Catholic Church of Chelsea
14200 E. Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea, MI 48118

Callbacks will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2018, from 1pm-3pm, if necessary.

—Performances—
July 20-22, 2018, at the Washington St. Education Center (across the street from Chelsea HS).

—Synopsis—
Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film, starring Gene Wilder… “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka” is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth! [The musical] 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: 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!

—Audition Information—
Please prepare one 16-32 bar musical theatre piece to sing.  Songs from the show are acceptable but not required.  You may either bring sheet music or sing along to a karaoke track.  You will also be asked to do a cold reading from the Willy Wonka script.

Actors need only to attend one audition session.  Actors should arrive 10-15 minutes before their audition time to complete audition paperwork; no appointment necessary.

Actors should bring their schedules from May 21, 2018, through July 22, 2018, and be ready to list any potential conflicts.

—Rehearsal Schedule—
Mondays through Thursdays, from 6pm-9pm, starting on May 21, 2018.
Rehearsals will take place at St. Mary Catholic Church of Chelsea until the final week leading to the performances.  Not all actors will be required to attend every rehearsal.

—Characters—
Willy Wonka
The mysterious title character. He is charming, enigmatic, charismatic, and slightly sinister. A chocolatier who guides children and their parents on a tour of his factory. He is looking for someone new to take over his candy empire.
Candy Man
A local candy vendor. He leads the children in praising the joys of candy.
Phineous Trout
A reporter covering the Golden Ticket story.
Charlie Bucket
Our story’s shy, earnest protagonist. From a modest home life, he is humble and noncompetitive while maintaining a sense of wonder about the world. One of the Golden Ticket winners whose honesty and general good nature win Wonka over.
Mrs. Bucket
Charlie Bucket’s nurturing mother. She is always trying to maintain an energetic positivity.
Mr. Bucket
Charlie Bucket’s nurturing father. He is always trying to maintain an energetic positivity.
Grandpa Joe
A caring, patient, and kindhearted man. Loving grandfather to Charlie Bucket. He accompanies Charlie to Willy Wonka’s factory, and it gives him a new burst of youthful vigor.
Augustus Gloop
A gluttonous German boy. Cheerful and jolly, he defines himself by his ability to eat mass quantities of food. One of the Golden Ticket winners whose constant overeating is enabled and encouraged by Mrs. Gloop.
Mrs. Gloop
A plump, jolly German woman with a bustling personality. Augustus Gloop’s overindulgent mother.
Veruca Salt
A wealthy, spoiled Brit. She is accustomed to having her father indulge her every whim and desire. One of the Golden Ticket winners, she is subjected to the squirrels’ nut chute.
Mr. Salt
A wealthy British upperclassman who regularly flaunts his wealth and privilege. Father to Veruca Salt who shamelessly spoils his daughter.
Mike Teavee
An obnoxious, hyperactive child addicted to television, video games, and the internet. One of the Golden Ticket winners and Ms. Teavee’s son.
Ms. Teavee
An old-fashioned housewife. She is Mike Teavee’s permissive and clueless mother.
Violet Beauregarde
A brassy girl with a competitive streak. Violet seizes every opportunity to show off. She turns into a giant blueberry.
Mrs. Beauregarde
Violet’s enthusiastic “helicopter parent” who focuses all her attention on her daughter. She indulges Violet’s worst competitive impulses.
Ensemble
Kids; Cooks; Squirrels; Oompa-Loompas

—Contact—
If you have any other questions, please contact Artistic Director Jeff Boyer.
Phone: (517) 574-8768
Email: boyerthemagicguy@gmail.com

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Robin Hawdon’s The Perfect Wedding will be postponed to later 2018. Stay tuned!

“An appalling situation. A bridegroom wakes on his wedding morning in his own bridal suite, with his bride-to-be about to arrive any moment, and finds a strange girl in bed beside him. What’s more an extremely attractive girl whom, in the depths of his post stag-night hangover, he can’t remotely remember even having been introduced to. Worse – during the ensuing panic to get the stranger dressed and out of the way, the bride arrives, the girl is trapped in the bathroom, the best man pretends the hidden girl is his girlfriend, his real girlfriend has to be kept ignorant of the fact, and the hotel chamber maid gets mistaken for everybody’s girlfriend! By the time the bride’s parents and half the hotel staff get in on the act, the chaos reaches nuclear proportions! It is that rare combination – a riotous comedy and a touching love story at the same time.”

Characters (cast of four women and two men):
*Rachel, the bride (age 20s-30s, always in command)
*Bill, the groom (age 20s-30s, rarely in command)
*Tom, the best man (age 20s-30s, solid, dependable)
*Judy, a girl (age 20s-30s, very attractive)
*Julie, a chambermaid (age 20s-30s, kooky, volatile)
*Daphne, the bride’s mother (age 40s-50s, emotional)

For more information, you may Facebook message or email Chelsea Area Players at chelseaareaplayers@gmail.com.