Willy Wonka Jr.
Storybook theatre summer 2023 Full Studio Musical production
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Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, Jr.
July 13-15, 2023
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com
The City House, 14300 US Highway 40, Kansas City, MO 64136
Thursday, July 13 - 7:00pm
Friday, July 14 – 7:00pm
Saturday, July 15 – 2:00pm
Saturday, July 15 – 7:00pm
May 15-16 – 6-8pm – sign up to participate + pick an audition time slot HERE.
You may also show up at any time during the open auditions but auditions will be conducted in the order of arrival, once scheduled appointments are completed.
Location – The City House, 14300 US Highway 40, Kansas City, MO 64136
The delicious adventures of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film, in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth. The story 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 likable 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.
Callbacks (if needed):
May 20 – 10:00am-12:00pm (by invitation only)
Callback list will be posted by Thursday afternoon on the Storybook Theatre website and will be emailed to all who auditioned.
Production Participation Fee - $295
Fees cover costumes/set/props/rehearsal time/instruction/etc.
Actors should plan to bring their own makeup and personal items such as tights or basic shirts/pants as needed.
NOTE THAT THERE IS A DISCOUNT OF $50 IF YOU ARE ALSO PARTICIPATING IN A STORYBOOK THEATRE PERFORMANCE CAMP DURING SUMMER 2022. You can sign up for both at the same time when registering, or we will refund this to you if you sign up at two different times.
Production t-shirts will be available for $15.
Tickets - will be $10 (Adult) / $7 (Kids) if purchased in advance or $12 (Adult) / $8 (Kids) at the door. Children ages 3+ require a ticket. Each participating student receives two (2) free tickets for parents/guardians to attend one performance.
Book Club (optional):
Join the Storybook summer book club as we read and discuss Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl! Cost is $45 per family, or only $20 per family if you are also participating in Willy Wonka, Jr. The club will meet on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30pm (students can stay on site between classes if they are called to Thursday evening Willy Wonka, Jr. rehearsals). For more details, click here.
Who can audition:
Auditions are open to youth ages 7-18. Storybook Theatre students are encouraged to participate, but the production is not limited to those who have been involved here in the past; you may audition even if you have never worked with us before. Ages 4-7 may participate by signing up to be in the Rising Stars class this semester (they do NOT need to audition and will automatically be invited to be in the cast if they are part of this class).
What if I'm not available for these audition dates?
Contact us to make alternate arrangements.
I'm participating in a Storybook Theatre Summer Camp(s) Can I still audition?
If you have signed up to participate in another Storybook Theatre class during the summer 2023 semester, you are still welcome to audition for this production. If you are participating in a performance camp in summer 2023, you will get a $50 discount on the production fee for this show.
What to Expect at Auditions:
1. Sign up for a 10-minute audition slot. Signup for your time HERE.
2. Prepare a 1-2 minute dramatic or comedic monologue and be prepared to recite it at auditions. Please also prepare 16-32 measures of an upbeat musical theater song. Please be prepared to show us lots of character!
3. Fill out the Audition Form (include ALL conflicts from May 22 – July 15).
4. Arrive at audition location at least five minutes prior to your scheduled time. You may be called to audition one at a time or in small groups. Auditions are closed (parents/guardians may wait in our waiting room during your audition).
5. Callback list will be emailed to participants, and posted on Storybook's website. If you are not called back, this does NOT mean you have not been cast in the production. Please check the website on Sunday, May 21 for the cast list. It will also be sent via email.
Please realize that this production has a large time commitment (much more so than a school year show). It will require character work and dedication on the part of every individual who is cast in the show.
Tentative Rehearsal Schedule:
Note: The full cast will not be called to EVERY rehearsal. If you hope to be considered for a lead, please plan to be available for AS MANY AS POSSIBLE. Not everyone will be called to every rehearsal until the end of June. Even so, this will still be a rather rigorous rehearsal process, so be aware of the time commitment ahead of time. A more specific rehearsal schedule with details as to who is called on which days will be sent out once the show is cast. If you hope to be considered for a lead, we ask that you clear your schedule for these dates as much as possible.
Please bring ALL conflicts to auditions so that we can plan the best schedule based on availability.
These dates and times are subject to change as we realize production needs.
May 15 - 6-8pm AUDITIONS (10 min time slots)
May 16 - 6-8pm AUDITIONS (10 min time slots)
May 20 - 10am-12pm CALLBACKS
May 22 - 6-6:30 PARENT MEETING
- 6:30-9 READ THROUGH
May 23 - 6-9pm BLOCKING/VOCALS
May 25 - 6-9pm BLOCKING/VOCALS
May 27 - 10am-2:30pm BLOCKING/VOCALS/CHOREO
May 30 - 6-9pm BLOCKING/VOCALS
May 31 - 6-8pm Character/Scene Work
June 1 - 6-9pm BLOCKING/VOCALS
June 5 - 6-9pm VOCALS/CHOREO
June 6 - 6-9pm VOCALS/CHOREO
June 8 - 6-9pm VOCALS/CHOREO
June 12 - 6-9pm
June 13 - 6-9pm
June 15 - 6-9pm
June 17 - 10am-2:30pm*
June 19 - 6-9pm
June 20 - 6-9pm
June 22 - 6-9pm
June 24 - 10am-2:30pm COSTUME PARADE
June 26 - 6-9pm
June 27 - 6-9pm
June 29 - 6-9pm
July 3 - 5-9pm TBD*
July 6 - 5-9pm
July 8 - 10am-4pm
July 10 - 5-9pm TECH
July 11 - 5-9pm TECH
July 12 - 1-5pm TECH
July 13 - 1-5pm TECH
- 7pm Performance TBD
July 14 - 5:30pm Call Time
- 7pm Performance
July 15 - 12:30pm Call Time
- 2pm Performance
- 5:30pm Call Time
- 7pm Performance
*Subject to change
Parents will be required to volunteer to contribute to the production. We will be seeking assistance with hanging fliers, selling tickets/concessions at the production, donating items needed for the production, etc. Each family will be asked to volunteer approximately 2-3 hours of time. A signup will be sent out a few weeks into the production process.
Willy Wonka Jr. Characters:
All roles will be cast from auditions; no characters are pre-cast.
Chorus of Cooks
Candy Man Kids
Please contact us with any questions:
Julie Baum - Storybook Director