Seven years ago, Director Beth Kasper had the vision to build a Youth Theater Group at the JCC for 2nd - 8th graders. Today our theater program is flourishing; it's a full theatrical experience with stage, costumes, lights, sound and pit band! Open to the community. For questions, contact us at email@example.com.
We are pleased to announce that this year's show will be Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Beth Kasper, Director
Audition Dates (you choose which works best for you):
Sunday, February 1 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm or Monday, February 2 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Prepare 16 bars of an upbeat show tune or anything comparable
Call backs if needed are Tuesday, February 3 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Performance dates are Thursday, April 30, Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 at Jonathan Dayton HS in Springfield, NJ
Price: $300. JCC Member Price: $225
Rehearsals are typically Tuesday evenings from 6 - 8 pm and Sunday afternoons between 1 - 6 pm.
Click here for a Google Calendar of the rehearsal schedule.
Cast of Characters:
Willy Wonka is an enigmatic character; at once mysterious and mischievous but also charismatic.
The role of Charlie Bucket is the emotional heart and soul of the musical.
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.
MR. AND MRS. BUCKET
These are great roles for young people who have nice voices, and are natural nurturers.
Phineous is the reporter who announces the winners of the Golden Ticket contest throughout the show.
Augustus is the overachieving eater who represents the evils of eating too much.
Mrs. Gloop is Augustus’ mother who has overindulged her son with food.
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.
Ms. Teavee is a take on all television moms of the distant past. She’s perfectly put together and a bit vacant.
Gum chewer extraordinaire, Violet hails from Snellville, Georgia, so it’s nice if she has a Southern American accent, but not necessary. Violet is a blue-collar, middle class brat.
Veruca is the wealthy, class-conscious, spoiled brat. A highbrow accent is recommended.
GRANDMA JOSEPHINA, GRANDMA GEORGINA, and GRANDPA GEORGE
Charlie’s three grandparents are mainly non-singing character roles.
James is Charlie’s friend from school.
Matilda is also a schoolmate of Charlie’s, but she’s a bit of bully.
THE CANDY MAN KIDS (a.k.a. SOPHIE, DANNY, ALFIE, BILLIE and additional kids as needed)
These kids sing “The Candy Man”
CHORUS OF OOMPA LOOMPAS
CHORUS OF COOKS
The Cooks appear during “I Eat More!” presenting Augustus with a smorgasbord of food choices.
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.
Mr. Salt’s solution to most problems is to buy his way out. He is upper class. He sings very little.
The squirrels are non-speaking, non-singing roles.
Also...for summertime, consider our performing arts summer day camp program. Click here for details.
Our past theater productions have included the following: