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Audition Information for…….

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The Grand Opera House will present Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr., music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy A. McDonald, based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.   This musical adaptation follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars.  Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka Factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy.

Auditions are open by appointment to children currently in 2nd-8th grades. 

Director: Melissa Goranson – Music Director: Brain Eiffes
Choreographer: Cindy Caraway

Beginning at 10:00 AM Saturday, May 6th
Beginning at 1:00 PM Sunday, May 7th

Call backs:
 6:30 PM Monday, May 8th

For audition appointments please email or call 563-588-4356 Mon-Fri between 9:00 AM-4:00PM. If emailing for an appointment for yourself or your child please specify the date on which you would prefer to audition.  Include the full name of the student and current grade level.

Location: Auditions will be held at the Grand’s Rehearsal space in the Arcade Building, 880 Locust St., Suites 222 and 228.  Please enter though Locust St. entrance located between 8th and 9th Streets.  There are two rooms, a registration room and the audition room.  Parents/Guardians may accompany children to the audition registration room but will not be allowed in the audition room.

Those auditioning will be asked to sing 1 verse of the song of their choice.  An accompanist will be provided, please bring sheet music in the appropriate key or songs can be sung A Capella.  Auditionees may be asked to read form the script or participate in a brief acting exercise.

Rehearsals Schedule (subject to change):
Exact rehearsal schedule will vary for individuals dependent on roles.
6:30PM-8:30PM           Monday-Thursday, July 17th-20th & 24th– 27th
6:30PM-8:30PM           Monday-Friday, July 31st– August 11th
2:00PM-5:00PM           Sunday, August 6th and 13th
6:00PM-9:30PM                Monday-Thursday, August 14th-17th

Performances (Call times TBD):
7:30PM Friday, August 18th
2:00PM Saturday, August 19th
7:30PM Saturday, August 19th
2:00PM Sunday, August 21st

Those auditioning should prepare a list of conflicts for the above dates.  Attendance August 13th-17th and for all performances is mandatory.

The Grand Opera House seeks a diverse company of actors and is committed to equal opportunity and a flexible, non-traditional casting policy.

Roles:  Willy Wonka, Charlie Bucket, Mrs. Bucket, Mr. Bucket, Grandma Josephina, Grandma Georgina, Grandpa George, Grandpa Joe, James, Matilda, Phineous Trout, Augustus Gloop, Mrs. Gloop, Veruca Salt, Mr. Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Mrs. Beauregarde, Mike Teavee, Ms. Teavee, Oompa-Loompas, Candy Man Kids, Cooks and Squirrels.


There are no fees or tuition to take part in the production and participation will be limited to 50 students.  For questions or additional information please contact Frank McClain, Executive and Artistic Director at