The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka KIDS is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth.
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka KIDS 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.
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka KIDS has many featured and ensemble roles, including the singing and dancing Oompa-Loompas.
Willy Wonka: He is an enigmatic character; at once mysterious and mischievous but also charismatic.
Candy Man: The Candy Man goes from neighborhood to neighborhood selling candy, much like an ice cream truck. The Candy Man sings the song "The Candy Man" and has some scene work with Charlie.
Charlie Bucket: The role of Charlie Bucket is the emotional heart and soul of the musical. The actor performing Charlie should have a strong voice and lots of pluck and enthusiasm.
Grandpa Joe: He 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. Should be played by an actor who can be kind and funny.
Mr and Mrs. Bucket: These are great roles for young people who have nice voices. Both sing solos; Mr. Bucket performs the number "Think Positive" with Charlie and Mrs. Bucket sings "Cheer Up, Charlie" with Mr. Bucket and Grandpa Joe. Mr. and Mrs. Bucket double as Oompa-Loompas in the second half of the show.
Phinea Trout: Phinea is the reporter who announces the winners of the Golden Ticket contest throughout the show. The role should be requires an actor with good voice talent who can mimic requires some singing
Augustus Gloop: He is one of golden ticket winners- the overachieving eater who represents the evils of eating too much.
Mrs. Gloop: Mrs. Gloop is Augustus' mother who has overindulged her son with food. She accompanies Augustus on the tour of the factory.
Mike Teavee: 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".
Ms. Teavee: She is a take on all television moms of the distant past. Think June Cleaver (Leave it to Beaver) or Marion Cunningham (Happy Days) or Carol Brady (The Brady Bunch). She's perfectly put together and a bit vacant.
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.
Mrs. Beauregarde: She 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.
Veruca Salt: She is a wealthy, class-conscious, spoiled brat. Veruca's solo number "I Want It Now" is deceptively tricky and comes late in the show, so she should have a strong voice.
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.
Grandma Josephina, Grandma Georgina, & Grandpa George: Charlie's three grandparents should have good comic timing and be solid actors. These actors can double as Oompa-Loompas in the second half of the show.
Oompa Loompa Ensemble: The Oompa-Loompa Chorus is on the stage in several numbers and should be played by actors who can dance and sing, with good comedic ability.
James: He is a friend of Charlie's. He has a couple lines and sings the introduction of "The Candy Man" along with Matilda and Charlie.
Matilda: Matilda is also a schoolmate of Charlie's, but she's a bit of bully. Matilda has a couple lines and sings the introduction of "The Candy Man" along with James and Charlie.
The Candy Man Kids: Sophie, Danny, Alfie, Billie and others make up the Candy Man kids. These kids sing and dance to "The Candy Man".
Squirrels: The squirrels help in Wonka’s Nut Room.