Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR.
Roald Dahl's timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir is a golden ticket to adventure.
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Show Essentials
24
Roles
+ Ensemble
G
Rated
1
Act

Full Synopsis

Willy Wonka JR. opens in Wonka's magical chocolate factory, a mysterious place with strange creatures known as Oompa-Loompas ("Pure Imagination"). With the help of the Oompa-Loompas, Wonka, self-described "greatest candy maker of all time," explains that he faces retirement soon, and he is concerned about finding a replacement ("Golden Age Of Chocolate").

Wonka introduces the audience to Charlie Bucket, a poor boy sharing a cramped home with his parents and both sets of grandparents. Charlie steps outside, and the Candy Man kindly slips him a lollipop ("The Candy Man"). Charlie returns home with a newspaper, and the Bucket family learns that the reclusive Wonka has hidden five Golden Tickets in chocolate bars all over the world. The lucky winners will get to visit his factory and win a lifetime supply of chocolate. The Buckets wistfully imagine winning a Golden Ticket.

Augustus Gloop finds the first ticket. Augustus and his mother, Mrs. Gloop discuss the enormous amount of food Augustus consumes each day with a reporter ("I Eat More"). The second winner is Veruca Salt, the spoiled daughter of a rich factory owner. Charlie and his father are disheartened, and Mr. Bucket confesses that he has lost his job. They encourage each other to "think positive" before heading home ("Think Positive").

The Buckets surprise Charlie with a candy bar for his birthday. There is no Golden Ticket inside, and the family hears on the radio that Violet Beauregarde, a rude girl obsessed with chewing gum, has found the third Golden Ticket. Moments later, Mike Teavee, a boy who cares only about electronics, finds the fourth Golden Ticket ("I See It All On TV"). Discouraged, the Buckets go to bed, but Grandpa Joe has one last birthday surprise for Charlie: another Wonka candy bar! They tear the wrapper... but no Golden Ticket is inside ("Cheer Up, Charlie").

Two weeks later, Charlie finds a coin while helping the Candy Man and uses it to buy a Wonka candy bar ("Think Positive - Reprise"). He finds the last Golden Ticket and rushes home to show his family. Grandpa Joe is chosen to accompany Charlie to the factory ("I've Got A Golden Ticket"). Before they know it, Charlie and Grandpa Joe are in front of the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory, anxiously waiting to enter the mysterious place. Wonka greets them ("At the Gates"). They begin their tour of the factory ("In This Room Here; Factory Reveal Sequence").

In the Chocolate Smelting Room, temptation proves too much for Augustus, and he is frozen in chocolate ("Oompa-Loompa 1"). The tour continues through a darker, scarier part of the factory ("There's No Knowing"). In the Inventing Room, Wonka shows the group an Everlasting Gobstopper that tastes like an entire gourmet meal. Violet can't resist ("Chew It"), but the candy turns her into a giant blueberry ("Oompa-Loompa 2").

In the Fizzy Lifting Drink Room, Wonka tells them not to taste the bubbles as they will make a person float on air. When the tour continues, Grandpa Joe and Charlie are accidentally left behind. They taste a bottle of the Fizzy Lifting Drink and are suddenly floating in the air, unable to get down ("Flying"). Panicked as they float toward a fan, Charlie finds a solution: burping ("Burping Song").

Charlie and Grandpa Joe catch up to the group in the Nut Room, where squirrels sort good nuts from bad nuts. Veruca stands over a chute that declares her a "bad nut," ("I Want It Now!"), and down she goes ("Oompa-Loompa 3"). Charlie and Mike enter the Choco-Vision Room, where Wonka tests sending candy directly through television. Mike ignores Wonka's warnings and flips a switch, jumping directly in front of a camera. Mike shrinks down to a miniature version of himself, and Wonka sends him to the taffy-pulling machine to be stretched ("Oompa-Loompa 4").

Wonka bids Charlie and Grandpa Joe goodbye, promising Charlie his lifetime supply of chocolate. Charlie confesses that he broke the rules by tasting the Fizzy Lifting Drink, so he does not deserve the chocolate. With this confession, Charlie has proved his character to Wonka, who explains that the true prize is not a lifetime supply of chocolate but the ownership of Wonka's factory. Wonka offers Charlie the chance to be his heir, and Charlie accepts ("Finale").

Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Flexible
Cast Type: Children
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Willy Wonka / Candy Man

Willy Wonka is an enigmatic character; at once mysterious and mischievous but also charismatic. There are a number of directions to take with Wonka, ranging from Gene Wilder's version in the original film, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, to Johnny Depp's portrayal in the recent film, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, and everything in between. Pick a young man (or a young woman) who is charismatic, engaging and has a great voice (in the case of a young man, preferably a changed voice). The actor should be able to be funny and serious and change between the two on a dime. It is preferred that Wonka double as the Candy Man, as it helps reinforce that Wonka has staged the Golden Ticket competition and is somewhat controlling this contest along the way. Cast a fantastic actor and singer in this iconic role.

Gender: any
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Charlie Bucket

Charlie Bucket is the emotional heart and soul of the musical. The actor performing Charlie should have an unchanged voice and lots of pluck and enthusiasm. Charlie is in nearly every scene, so make sure you select an actor who can handle the demands of a sizable role. Charlie should be a great singer, excellent actor, and hopefully reads as younger onstage.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3
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 look on the bright side. Cast an actor who can be kind, funny, and makes a great duo with Charlie. The role sings a bit, but the singing is secondary to the actor's solid acting skills.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Mr. Bucket

This is a great role for a young person who has a nice voice, and is a natural nurturer. Mr. Bucket performs the number "Think Positive" with Charlie. Mr. Bucket can double as an Oompa-Loompasin the second half of the show.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: C#5
Vocal range bottom: D4
Mrs. Bucket

This is a great role for a young person who has a nice voice, and is a natural nurturer. Mrs. Bucket sings "Cheer Up, Charlie" with Mr. Bucket and Grandpa Joe. Mrs. Bucket can double as an Oompa-Loompa in the second half of the show.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: Db5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
The Candy Man Kids

Candy Man Kids sing "The Candy Man," and their numbers may be expanded to include as many performers as you see fit and your program will allow. The names of the characters have been drawn from other Roald Dahl books. Feel free to assign additional names to match the number of performers you cast, like Sophie, Danny, Alfie, and Billy, for example. (All students like to go home and exclaim, "I'm playing Alfie in Willy Wonka JR." versus "I'm Kid 2 in 'The Candy Man.'") You may also cast a single class (say, the sixth grade chorus) to perform these roles, as they appear only in this number unless you choose to double them as Cooks and Oompa-Loompas.

Gender: any
Grandpa George

Charlie's three grandparents are mainly non-singing character roles. Cast performers that are innately interesting, who have good comic timing and are solid actors. These actors can double as Oompa-Loompas in the second half of the show.

Gender: male
Grandma Georgina

Charlie's three grandparents are mainly non-singing character roles. Cast performers that are innately interesting, who have good comic timing and are solid actors. These actors can double as Oompa-Loompas in the second half of the show.

Gender: female
Grandma Josephina

Charlie's three grandparents are mainly non-singing character roles. Cast performers that are innately interesting, who have good comic timing and are solid actors. These actors can double as Oompa-Loompas in the second half of the show.

Gender: female
Phineous Trout

Phineous is the reporter who announces the winners of the Golden Ticket contest throughout the show. The role requires some singing, so cast a boy or a girl with a great announcer's voice and good stage presence.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: B3
Oompa-Loompa Chorus

The Oompa-Loompa Chorus, including Oompa-Loompas 1-5, can be as small as a handful of performers or as large as your stage and theater can accommodate. Consider casting your youngest performers as Oompa-Loompas (like the sixth grade chorus) and augment them with a handful of older students who can take the lead and serve as Oompa-Loompa wranglers.

Gender: any
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: A3
Mrs. Gloop

Mrs. Gloop is Augustus' mother who has overindulged her son with food. She accompanies Augustus on the tour of the factory, and sings "I Eat More!" which is one of the more difficult songs in the score for young people. The role requires a character actress who isn't afraid to take positive risks both in her acting and her singing.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: B3
Mrs. Beauregarde

Mrs. Beauregard is a teacher of geography and has invested a great deal of hard-earned money on therapy for her gum-chewing daughter, with less than stellar results. The role is virtually non-singing. Her accent should match Violet's and the two should make a good pair onstage.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: C4
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. (But this accent is not necessary-just make sure Veruca and Mr. Salt sound like they hail from the same place.) He sings very little. A female actress playing male may also play the role.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: C4
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, so cast a young lady with strong voice.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: G3
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 understand the word "no." Mike and Ms. Teavee sing "I See It All On TV" so he should be a reasonable singer, but does not need to be phenomenal. Mike could also be portrayed by a girl playing a boy, but generally works best with a male actor.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: G3
James

James is Charlie's friend from school. He has a few lines and sings the introduction of "The Candy Man" along with Matilda and Charlie. This is a great role for a performer who is newer to the stage. 

Gender: male
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: A3
Chorus Of Cooks

Please note this is an optional chorus. The Cooks appear during "I Eat More!" presenting Augustus with a smorgasbord of food choices. (Check out the Director's Guide note in the song for more information.) Double the Candy Man Kids Chorus and Oompa-Loompa Chorus or cast a single class of kids to perform this section.

Gender: any
Augustus Gloop

Augustus is the overachieving eater. Be extremely sensitive in casting this role as it is tempting to cast an overweight young person and that can be scarring-especially if the child struggles with this issue. Consider casting a thin child and creating the illusion of size via the costume. Either a boy or a girl acting like a boy can play Augustus. Augustus sings "I Eat More!" along with his mother and Phineous Trout. The song is on the difficult side, but does not need to be sung with a polished pretty voice, in fact, the more character the better.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: B3
Ms. Teavee

Ms. Teavee is a take on all television moms of the distant past. Think June Cleaver (Leave it to Beaver) or Marion Cunningham (Happy Days) or even Carol Brady (The Brady Bunch). She's perfectly put together and a bit vacant. She sings "I See It All On TV" but does not require a polished voice.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: B3
Veruca Salt

Veruca is  wealthy, class-conscious, and completely spoiled. She is often portrayed with a high British accent that is by no means required (brats come in all nationalities). Veruca's solo number "I Want It Now" is deceptively tricky and comes late in the show, so select a young lady with a strong voice. Veruca should contrast sharply with Violet Beauregarde in terms of look and physical type. Cast a great singer and actor in this role who can make bold choices onstage.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Matilda

Matilda is also a schoolmate of Charlie's, but she's a bit of bully. Matilda has a few lines and sings the introduction of "The Candy Man" along with James and Charlie.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: C#4
Squirrels

The squirrels are non-speaking, non-singing roles and you can cast as many as necessary. This is a great part for beginning actors.

Gender: any
Mrs. Beauregarde

Mrs. Beauregard is a teacher of geography and has invested a great deal of hard-earned money on therapy for her gum-chewing daughter, with less than stellar results. The role is virtually non-singing. Her accent should match Violet's and the two should make a good pair onstage.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: C4
Full Song List
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. - BINDER VERSION: Pure Imagination
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. - BINDER VERSION: Golden Age of Chocolate
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. - BINDER VERSION: The Candy Man
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. - BINDER VERSION: I Eat More
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. - BINDER VERSION: Think Positive
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. - BINDER VERSION: I See it All on TV
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. - BINDER VERSION: Cheer Up Charlie
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. - BINDER VERSION: Think Positive (Reprise)
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. - BINDER VERSION: At the Gates
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. - BINDER VERSION: In This Room
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. - BINDER VERSION: Oompa-Loompa 1
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. - BINDER VERSION: There's No Knowing
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. - BINDER VERSION: Oompa-Loompa 2
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. - BINDER VERSION: Chew It
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. - BINDER VERSION: Flying
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. - BINDER VERSION: Burping Song
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. - BINDER VERSION: I Want it Now!
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. - BINDER VERSION: Oompa-Loompa 3
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. - BINDER VERSION: Oompa-Loompa 4
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. - BINDER VERSION: Finale

Connect

Curriculum Connection

  • Adapting from page to stage
  • Creative writing
  • The science of chocolate
  • Mathematics
  • Evolution of techology
  • Geography

Billing

Based on the book, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl.

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Words and Music by
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl
 
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