(Grades K-5th)*
*Please check your school's Merrowvista dates before registering. We will gladly allow 6th graders to register for this production if they have a conflict with the High School Musical Jr. dates.
Words and Music by
Leslie Bricussse and  Anthony Newly
 
Adapted for the Stage by
Leslie Bricusse and Timothy A. McDonald
 
Based on the book
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl
 
 General Information

 

Tuition

 

$425


Coop Option

(Requires Parent Volunteer Commitment) 


What is Co-op Theater?


-OR-



$625

 

Non-Coop Option


 (Requires NO Parent Volunteer Commitment)

 

 

Each Cast Member Receives 
A Cast T-shirt!

 

 

Registration is first-come-first serve and is only complete when both registration form and payment are received. 

Times & Dates*
 
Auditions:
Acton Congregational Church
Saturday, February 1, 2020
9:00am-12:00pm
(Check-in starts at 8:30am)
Please let us know immediately if you have a conflict with the audition date.

Parent Meeting:
Acton Congregational Church
Friday, January 31, 2020
6:30pm-8:00pm
One parent or guardian must attend this meeting
   
Rehearsals:
Acton Congregational Church 
Thursdays: 
February 6, 2020 - April 23, 2020
5:30pm-7:30pm
We WILL hold rehearsal over February & April break

Tech/Dress Rehearsals:
R.J. Grey Jr. High School
Attendance at all tech and dress rehearsals is mandatory

Mon, April 27th: 
Gobstopper: 5:00-7:30pm
Pixy Stix: 6:30-9:00pm

Tues, April 28th: 
Pixy Stix: 5:00-7:30pm
Gobstopper: 6:30-9:00pm

Wed, April 29th: 
BOTH CASTS: 5:30-8:00pm
(Acton Congregational Church)

Thurs, April 30th: 
DRESS REHEARSAL
Gobstoppers: 5:00-7:30pm
Pixy Stix: 6:30-9:00

Performances:
R.J. Grey Jr. High School

Gobstopper Cast
Friday, May 1 at 7:00pm
Saturday, May 2 at 11:00am  

Pixy Stix Cast
Saturday, May 2 at 2:00pm
Saturday, May 2 at 4:00pm


*All times and dates are subject to change


  

Call Times:
Rehearsals will be broken down into call times. This means that your child will be required to attend only when their character is called- which may be anytime during their scheduled rehearsal.  Each week an email will go out letting cast members know what time they will need to attend. Cast members may not be dropped off early.
Synopsis:

Willy Wonka, the greatest candy maker in the world, has a problem: it's time for him to retire, but who can replace him? Who will make new candy dreams come true?

Willy Wonka gathers all the Oompa-Loompas to announce his retirement and the search for the perfect "bright spark" of a child to replace him ("Golden Age of Chocolate").


Meanwhile, Charlie Bucket lives in a tiny shack with his family. They are very, very poor. Charlie's dad reads in the newspaper that Mr. Willy Wonka is having a contest! Golden Tickets have been hidden in five bars of chocolate; the lucky people who find Golden Tickets will win a tour of the factory and a lifetime supply of chocolate.


The local candy man arrives with his cart of Wonka treats and gives Charlie a sample "on the house" ("The Candy Man"). While enjoying his candy, Charlie learns that the enormous eater, Augustus Gloop, has found the first Golden Ticket in Munich, Germany. The reporter, Phineous Trout, announces that Veruca Salt has found the second Golden Ticket in São Paulo, Brazil. Veruca's father assisted her search by having factory workers shell chocolate wrappers.


Charlie makes his way home to a "Surprise!" It's Charlie's birthday! Charlie receives a Wonka bar as his present, but no Golden Ticket is found. The family tunes in to the radio, only to learn Violet Beauregarde, of Snellville, Georgia, has found the third Golden Ticket. Violet is a gum chewer who switched to chocolate in order to win the contest, but is now back to constantly chewing gum. Phineous Trout interrupts to announce that Mike Teavee, in Television City, California, has found the fourth Golden Ticket. Mike and his mother explain that the only thing they need is TV, the Internet and computer games.


The city is blanketed in a deep snow and Charlie encounters the Candy Man on the way to school. Charlie finds a coin buried in the snow and asks the Candy Man if it belongs to him. The Candy Man rewards Charlie with a Wonka bar for being "such a good kid." The starving boy wolfs it down and then immediately purchases another... finding the final Golden Ticket ("I've Got a Golden Ticket")! He runs home to tell his family the news, and they decide Grandpa Joe should accompany Charlie on the tour of Wonka's factory ("At the Gates – Pure Imagination").


Wonka greets the five winners and their parents at the gates, and they begin their tour of the magical factory ("Factory Reveal Sequence"). They arrive at the Chocolate Smelting Room, where Wonka chills chocolate to the perfect temperature for dipping strawberries. Augustus cannot resist tasting the chocolate and falls into a vat of it, which hardens instantly like Magic Shell, trapping him. The Oompa-Loompas remove Augustus and his mother and reveal the moral of easting too much ("Oompa-Loompa 1"). They arrive at the Inventing Room, where Violet is tempted by the Everlasting Gourmet Gobstopper. She snatches one, chews it and swells like a giant blueberry. The Oompa-Loompas remove her and her mother and explain the hazards of children who chew gum too much ("Oompa-Loompa 2").


Charlie and Grandpa Joe are separated from the group and discover the Fizzy Lifting Drink. They taste a bit of the drink and fly towards the sky. Right before they are sucked into a large fan, they discover that, by burping, they can float safely back to the ground ("Burping Song"). They rejoin the group in the Nut Room, where Veruca demands a squirrel, a pink candy boat and an Oompa-Loompa ("I Want it Now!"). Veruca and her father disappear down a trash chute that may or may not lead to the incinerator, and the Oompa-Loompas discuss the moral of spoiled brats ("Oompa-Loompa 3").


With just Charlie, Grandpa Joe, Mike and Mrs. Teavee left, the tour reaches the Choco-vision Room, whre Mike meets his temptation and is shrunk to barely six inches tall. The Oompa-Loompas discuss the moral of too much TV and technology ("Oompa-Loompa 4").


At the conclusion of the tour, Charlie does something remarkable: he thanks Wonka for the tour and admits to breaking the rules by tasting the Fizzy Lifting Drink. Wonka reveals the truth: that the tour was a test of character, and only Charlie has succeeded! Wonka proclaims Charlie as his successor as Charlie's family joins them at Wonka's factory ("Finale").

Character Breakdown:

Willy Wonka: Willy Wonka 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. He should be pleasant, charismatic, and friendly.  

Charlie Bucket: 
The role of Charlie Bucket is the emotional heart and soul of the musical.

Grandpa Joe: 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. Bucket: Charlie's Father

Mrs. Bucket: Charlie's Mother

Phineous Trout: 
Phineous is the reporter who announces the winners of the Golden Ticket contest throughout the show. 

Augustus Gloop: Augustus is 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. 


Mike Teavee: 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. He does not know the word "no." 

Ms. Teavee: 
Ms. Teavee is a take on all television moms of the distant past. She's perfectly put together and a bit vacant.

Violet Beauregarde: 
Gum chewer extraordinaire, Violet hails from Snellville, Georgia.

Veruca Salt: Veruca is the wealthy, class-conscious, spoiled brat. 

Grandma Josephina: One of Charlie's three other grandparents.

Grandma Georgina: 
One of Charlie's three other grandparents.  

Grandpa George: 
One of Charlie's three other grandparents. 

James: 
James is Charlie's friend from school. 


Matilda: Matilda is also a schoolmate of Charlie's, but she's a bit of bully. 

The Candy Man Kids
Sophie, Danny, Alfie, Billie and additional kids as needed are The Candy Man Kids.

Mrs. Beauregarde: 
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. 

Mr. Salt: 
Mr. Salt's solution to most problems is to buy his way out. He is from the upper class.


Ensemble: Squirrels, Chorus of Cooks, Candy Man Kids and Oompa-Loompas