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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Auditions: 5/31/24  and 6/1/24 callbacks

Performances: 8/8/24 - 8/10/24
General Rehearsals begin on 6/5 in and generally consist within a 4:00-8:00pm block on Mondays and Wednesdays  and a 9:30am- 2:00pm block on Saturdays at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Centreville.
Rehearsals increase in August and cast members must be available for additional rehearsals the week of and preceding the performance.  The performance and tech rehearsals will be held within the theater at Journey Church in Warrenton. $125 production fee per cast member.


About The Musical:

Satisfy your sweet-tooth with this modern musical remake of Roald Dahl's classic children's novel. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a song-filled, dance packed feast of "Pure Imagination" with a book by David Greig, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Willy Wonka is everywhere and he and some of his Oompas move the story forward. 


Charlie Bucket, an odd, imaginative boy with a knack for making something out of nothing, dreams of acquiring a golden ticket to tour Willy Wonka's over-the-top chocolate factory.  He can't believe his luck when it actually happens. Fellow contest winners include the gluttonous, Augustus Gloop, Daddy's spoiled rotten princess, Veruca Salt, chewing gum celebrity, Violet Beauregarde; and over-amped computer hacker, Mike Teavee. These children and those who accompany them have no idea what they're getting themselves into.  They each learn lessons about selfishness and greed from Wonka, who is whimsical but ambiguously dangerous. You'll devour this family-friendly adventure in Wonka's factory like you've never experienced before. Our version is a  unique treat. It "must be believed to be seen!"


Artistic Team

Caroline Keener 

Artistic Director


Julie Longmire 

Music Director


Emma Wolfe 

Vocal Director


Caroline Keener, Nicole Duis, Lizzy Maisel


Caroline Keener, Emma Wolfe, Nicole Duis, Brenna Lawrence

Casting Direction Board 

Audition Information:

Audition sign ups will be posted in April. Practice tracks will be added below with instructions on which songs to select for your audition. You must choose from our song selections based on appropriate character choices from the list below. Audition will include your song selection, dance audition and may include additional music, cold readings and improvisation. Actors must commit to rehearsal schedule before casting.


All characters are open to actors of any ethnicity.

*Ages and character descriptions are guidelines but not resolute 


Willy Wonka: 

Age: Age 15-Adult 

The sly, charming, eternally youthful star of the show; Willy Wonka is an enigmatic character. mysterious and mischievous but also charismatic, eccentric and remarkably physical. Must have the ability to be filled with boundless energy and be physically light on their feet; has a larger than life persona that can go from charming and comical, to magically mysterious and dark. Wonka must be a strong singer who can project and has great breath control, able to articulate speech at quick tempos. Must be committed to a more demanding rehearsal schedule. 


Charlie Bucket: Male, age 9-12 Child presenting about age ten who is emotive: sweet, odd, inventive and hopeful. He is wonderfully innocent. Must be a strong singer and engaging actor, committed to a demanding rehearsal schedule. 


Grandpa Joe: male, Age: teen- adult

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. He is 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. Must be a comedic actor with big facial gestures and intuitive improvisational skills. Must be committed to a demanding rehearsal schedule. 


Mrs. Bucket: female, age: Teen-adult

Charlie's warm and kind-hearted mother who is a worrier. She is generous, loving and a nurturer with a soothing, clear soprano voice. 


Augustus Gloop: male, age: 8-20

Youthful boy who is plays a round and full bodied character but is rampantly over-active despite his size. He speaks with a German accent and is a strong singer and comedic actor. *German accent


Mrs. Gloop: female, age: tween- adult

Augustus's German, Wagnerian mother. She has a huge stage presence with an excellent voice. Mirthlessly smiles as though it were affixed to the front of her face. A fantastic singer and comedienne! Speaks with a *German accent.


Veruca Salt: female, age: tween-  adult.

Veruca is wealthy, class-conscious, and completely spoiled girl. Strong classical ballet skills, particularly pointe work. Veruca is a comedic actress who can project vocally and can dance beautifully while acting comedically. Speaks with a Russian accent.


Mr. Salt: male, age: teen- adult.

Veruca's goofy, eccentric, distracted, hilarious father. He finds it impossible to say no to Veruca, giving in to every ridiculous demand his daughter makes. An excellent comedic actor with a baritone singing voice who also speaks with a Russian accent.


Violet Beauregard: female, age 9-teen.

Youthful, sassy girl who has a huge stage presence and strong singing voice that can navigate a pop/R&B style. She is confident, forward and full of attitude and must be able to execute sharp choreography well while singing loudly. 


Mr. Beauregard: male, age: teen - adult

Violet's father  who ignores his/her back-talking, insult-hurling daughter. He is confident and a fun dancer with a strong soulful voice.


Mike Teavee - male, Age: 8 - Teen

Youthful boy who is a fireplug with an enormous amount of energy. 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 loud, obnoxious and disrespectful but intelligent and energetic. Actor should be able to execute strong but subtle facial expressions, eye rolls and be a good singer. Must execute some dancing or stunts. 


Mrs. Teavee: female, Teen - adult

She is hilarious; exhausted but resolute and tense. Mrs. Teavee is a take on all television moms of the distant past. Think June Cleaver (Leave it to Beaver), Marion Cunningham (Happy Days), or even Carol Brady (The Brady Bunch) with the art of subtle comedic sarcasm. Must be a strong character singer.


Oompa Loompas: age 8+ (youth) , any gender

Age: 8+ "triple threats” (dancers/singers/actors) who are the workers in Wonka's Factory. Oompas in this production are colorful and unique. Oompas must have stage stamina and be able to pick up choreography quickly and execute it cleanly while singing well. 

Story Telling Oompa Loompas: any age (youth), any gender

These Oompas should be strong actors and singers that can engage the audience with enthusiasm while telling the story at hand. 


Novice Oompa  Loompas: any age (youth), any gender 

Will join the other Oompas occasionally for alternate choreography and comedy. 


Ballet Squirrels: any gender, any age

Experienced ballet dancers that dance in “Veruca’s Nutcracker Sweet”. Dancers should be skilled in ballet and be able to act comically while executing clean ballet technique. 


Grandpa George: male, age 7 - adult 

A character actor who must have a strong comedic presence and good singing skills.


Grandma Georgina: female, age: 7 - adult

A character actor who must have a strong comedic presence and good singing skills.


Grandma Josephine: female, age: 7 - adult

A character actor who must have a strong comedic presence and good singing skills.


Cherry:  female, tween - adult 

An enthusiastic newscaster with an acting voice and presence that should get us to tune in to the story of the search for golden tickets. 


Jerry: any gender, tween - adult 

An enthusiastic newscaster with an acting voice and presence that should sell us on the story of the golden tickets.


Mrs. Green: female, any age 

Comedic actress who is able to show sympathy but still be all about her work. 


Ensemble: males and females of all ages

An exuberant mix of colorful characters with lots of enthusiasm! Must sing, act, execute basic choreography and work well. Select ensemble will be cast with more intricate dancing and will create part of the scenery through dancing and presence. Ensemble includes colorful roles such as: candy shoppe kids/families, apprentice, news crew, ballerinas/acrobats, Bavarian sausage ensemble, Gum Divas, fudge tap dancers, factory crowd, candy dancers.

Wanted: Stage Manager /Stage Hands

We are looking for an enthusiastic and reliable volunteer to stage manage, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."


Stage Managers must be able to attend rehearsals. Please submit the form below apply! 

Stage Manager/Hand Application 

Thanks for submitting!


Be as prepared as possible for your audition! Register for our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Audition Workshop to learn specifics about characters, practice one audition song, receive personal feedback and get a sneak peek at audition, choreography and acting sides. Auditionees only. 
Early bird registration (before 4/14) is only $30!

CHILDREN AGES 5-7: Please prepare "Willy Wonka" 

CHILDREN AGES 8-12: Please prepare the song "Willy Wonka" plus

  one additional choice from the songs below 

AGES 13+: Please prepare two choices from the songs below

Audition Practice Tracks 

"Willy Wonka!"
Children of all ages
This is the only audition song that should be prepared for children aged 5 - 7
. Children 8+ have an option to prepare this song and one additional song of your choice from our selection. 


"Willy Wonka" Audition trackAll children
00:00 / 00:37
Guide VocalWilly Wonka! Track
00:00 / 00:39

"It Must be Believed to be Seen"
"Pure Imagination"
Willy Wonka (male or female)
Teen - Adult 

It Must be Believed to be Seen Audition Track
00:00 / 01:02
21312 It Must Be Believed to Be SeenGuide Vocal
00:00 / 01:09
6144 Pure Imagination Audition TrackTrack
00:00 / 00:56
3456 Pure Imagination 1Guide Vocal
00:00 / 01:05

"I've got a Golden Ticket"
Grandpa Joe
Male, Teen - Adult

I've Got a Golden TicketAudition Track
00:00 / 00:52
55360 I've Got a Golden Ticket _ Grandpa JoeGuide Vocal
00:00 / 00:34

Small Title

"Queen of Pop"
Female, 9+

Queen of PopAudition Track
00:00 / 00:55
59616 The Queen of PopVocal Guide
00:00 / 00:51

"More of Him to Love"
Mrs. Gloop 
Female, Teen - Adult
Both Lyric Track and Yodel Track can be combined as one choice  

Mrs.-Gloop-More-to-Love-accompaniment-1-1Audition Track
00:00 / 00:25
56576 More of Him To LoveGuide Vocal
00:00 / 00:26
Mrs. Gloop-More-to-Love-melody-1-1Audition Track
00:00 / 00:20
Charlie-Mrs.-Gloop-More-to-Love-melody-1-1Vocal Guide
00:00 / 00:20

"More of Him to Love"
(please also review the "Yodel")
Male, Age 8 - Adult

Augustus: More of Him to LoveAudition Track
00:00 / 00:58
15168 More of Him To LoveGuide Vocal
00:00 / 00:57

"If Your Father Were Here"
Mrs. Bucket
Female, Teen - Adult 

Mrs. Bucket If your Father were hereAudition Track
00:00 / 00:58
63392 If Your Father Were HereArtist Name
00:00 / 00:58

"When Veruca Says"
Mr. Salt 
Male, Teen - Adult
Veruca Salt 
Female, Tween - Young Adult 
*Play Link at 1:14

22752 When Veruca SaysGuide Vocal
00:00 / 00:34

"I've Got a Golden Ticket"


Male or Female, age 8-12 

I've Got A Golden Ticket- CharlieAudition Track
00:00 / 00:57
I've Got a Golden TicketGuide Vocal
00:00 / 01:04

"That Little Man of Mine"

Mrs. Teavee

Female, Teen-Adult 

That Little Man Of Mine, MRS TEAVEE AuditionAudition Track
00:00 / 01:11
Little Man of MineGuide Vocal
00:00 / 01:09

"That Little Man of Mine"

Mike Teavee

Male, Age 8-Teen 

That Little Man Of Mine, MIKE auditionAudition Track
00:00 / 01:21
That Little Man of Mine, MIKEGuide Vocal
00:00 / 00:35

We need your help!

Do you like to make things? Create art? Collect things?

Here is a preliminary list of what you can make/collect RIGHT NOW to help us with our Charlie and Chocolate Factory set:

1. Oversized Factory Gears made of wood or cardboard, painted gold, magenta and purple

2. Oversized Candy Decorations/props

3. Pool Noodles (a lot of them!)

4. Silver Water Trough (light weight if possible)

5. Bed  Headboard 

6. Large Cardboard W's painted gold, magenta and purple 

7. Helium Machine

8. Multicolor Jumbo Balloons, the bigger the better 

9. 60" by 30" frame (to be used for the glass elevator) 

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