Willy Wonka auditions set for Jan. 4

CNY Arts Center will conduct auditions for the next Kids Onstage production, Willy Wonka Jr., from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4.

Call backs will be from 4 to 5 p.m.

Auditions for ages 7 and up will be held at the Arts Center location at 357 State St. Methodist Church, in Fulton where the show will run March 14–16 and 21-23.

Teenagers are especially encouraged to audition. While there are numerous good roles for young actors, there will be a limit to the cast given the stage size at the Arts Center.

“This is a large show with lots of set pieces and while we all love the Oompa Loompas, not every child is guaranteed a role,” said director Amy Price.

“We are looking for those with experience or the maturity to understand the commitment they are making. This is not to discourage anyone from auditioning, but rather to distinguish from the open call for Charlotte’s Web when every child was assured a role,” Price said.

“We’re also excited to do a musical again, but that requires dance movement,” Price said. “Only so many children can fit on the stage so casting will reflect those best suited to the roles.

“Watching the movie and getting a good feel for the wide range of character choices will help young actors prepare for the role they are most interested in,” she said.

The production will pair the duo Amy Price and Adam Schmidtmann again who co-directed last spring’s Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Schmidtmann, who continues as Kids Onstage instructor for CNY Arts Center, is scheduled to play the title character onstage with the children.

“We think this is really going to enhance the musical experience for the children, and add a measure of stability to the production,” Price said.

For the audition, children are asked to prepare a song to sing a cappella, and a poem or monologue to recite. Children will also be asked to read from the script.

Following auditions, call backs will take place immediately so the cast can be chosen as soon as possible. Rehearsals start the week after auditions.

Based on the book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl- ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA JR is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Words and Music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy A. McDonald.

For more information visit the web site at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

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