Auditions planned for Willy Wonka

Staff Reports

Local actors and actresses have a shot at some sweet stage roles in an upcoming production.

Mill Race Players will conduct auditions for Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka” beginning at noon Sunday in the dining room of Donner Center, 22nd and Sycamore streets in Columbus. The stage musical was adapted from Dahl’s book, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and the 1971 movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” but with newer material added.

The production details the story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir. The show will be presented June 25 to 27 at Columbus’ Judson Erne Auditorium.

The musical offers parts for adults and children from ages 6 to 94. Roles range from major parts to members of a chorus. Character parts include Charlie Bucket, Wonka, Grandpa Joe, Veruca the spoiled brat, Augustus the overeater, Violet the obnoxious gum chewer, several Oompa Loompas, squirrels and more.

Auditions for those 14 and older will begin at noon. Organizers said they should prepare a one-minute song cut and bring sheet music or compact disc for accompaniment. People should be prepared to dance as well.

Children ages 6 to 13 will audition at 4 p.m. They should come prepared to learn a song and participate in simple dance movements.

At a glance

For aspiring actors who never have auditioned before, an audition workshop will be conducted from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Columbus Municipal Airport conference room. Cost is $10. There is no need to preregister.

Organizers say participants should come dressed comfortably. Area actors and “Willy Wonka” staff will work with attendees on script reading, dance technique and vocal delivery.

Information: millraceplayers.org or Mill Race Players on Facebook.