Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Audition Information

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
by Roald Dahl. Adapted by Richard George.
6-16 December 2018



Auditions: 2pm, Sunday 26 August at the Torbay Community Hall, 35 Watea Road, Torbay (behind the Torbay shops)

Call-backs: 7.30pm, Monday 27 August at Gate Theatre (adjacent to the Torbay Community Hall)



Director:   Karl Buckley
Musical Director:  Jonah Vakapora-Hall
Production Manager: Daphne Goddard
Costumes: Therie Bearsley
Set: Phil Davis



Karl has directed this show for Torbay previously, back in 1996 and is looking to bring new ideas and energy to it. He is a very experienced director, having directed 36 shows for a range of groups including Torbay Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Centrestage Theatre, Mairangi Players, Company Theatre and a number of schools.



The Candyman introduces the story – the story of Willy Wonka’s amazing chocolate factory and his incredible edible inventions. How other chocolate makers sent spies to steal Mr Wonka’s secrets, so he closed his factory!

Now Willy Wonka is running a competition – he is sending out five Golden Tickets for five lucky people to tour his chocolate factory. We meet the first four ticket-holders – Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, Veruca Salt and Mike Teavee. Then the Candyman introduces us to Charlie Bucket and his family, who live together in a small cold house and eat cabbage soup for every meal. Charlie becomes the fifth Golden Ticket winner and takes his Grandpa Joe to the factory for the tour.

The five children and their parents meet Mr Wonka and start their tour of his factory. In the incredible Chocolate Room, they discover they are not alone in the factory. Mr Wonka’s workers – the Oompa-Loompas – are lurking in the shadows and may have taken a dislike to some of the children!

As the tour moves along the Chocolate River, through the Invention Room, the Nut Room and the TV Room – one-by-one the children meet their doom, much to the delight of (and at the hands of???) the Oompa-Loomas. Until there is only one left….



The main role is obviously Willy Wonka. Once he appears, halfway through Act 1, the show very much relies on him for pace – he keeps the show ticking along. Of course, there are the five children and their parents, who are all great roles – with not a huge amount of lines – but need actors who have the ability to stay in character and react in character while action happens around them. Of the acting roles, only Willy Wonka, Charlie and Grandpa need to sing solo (everyone sings the finale together).

The key to this show however, is the Oompa-Loompas. They provide the creative and magical part of Willy Wonka’s factory. They create each scene, interact with the children (and the band!), dispose of the naughty children, sing to celebrate the child’s demise, while changing scene from one room to the next. They must have a sense of humour! Think of Minions, but with a slightly darker twist at times. There are some minor characters with lines that the OLs can do as well. What the OLs do exactly depends on who we cast in these roles and what their talents are – if they can sing, we will find solo parts for them to sing; if they can do gymnastics or acrobatics, we will find opportunities for them to do that; if you can bring a talent to the OLs, we will find a way to use it!



Gender/age are suggestions only

Small roles may also be able to be Oompa-Loompas at other times


Willy Wonka – Magical chocolate maker (solo singing), large role; M; 30+

Candyman – Narrator, large role in Act 1; M/F; 20+

Charlie – A nice boy (solo singing), large role; M; 8-14

Grandpa Joe – His optimistic grandfather (solo singing), on stage a lot but few lines; M; 50+

Mrs Bucket – His tired mother, small role; F; 30+

Mr Bucket – His unemployed father, small role; M; 30+

Grandma Josephine – His grandmother, small role; F; 50+

Grandpa George – His grandfather, small role; M; 50+

Grandma Georgina –  His other grandmother, small role; F; 50+


Augustus Gloop – A greedy boy, small-medium role; M; 8-14

Mrs Gloop – His mother, small-medium role; F; 30+


Violet Beauregarde – A gum-chewer, medium role; F; 8-14

Ms Beauregarde – Her mother, divorced, medium role; F; 30+


Veruca Salt – A spoilt girl, medium role; F; 8-14

Mr Salt – Her rich father, medium role; M; 30+

Mrs Salt – Her long-suffering mother, medium role; F, 30+


Mike Teavee – A boy obsessed with video games, medium role; M; 8-14

Mr Teavee – His father, medium role; M; 30+

Mrs Teavee – His mother, medium role; F; 30+


Oompa-Loomas The workers in the Factory; possible solo singing, dancing, acrobatics, or anything else you can think of; minor speaking roles throughout the show; M/F; 8-88



The audition will be a workshop format. There is nothing you need to prepare, but you need to wear clothes suitable for movement.

When you first arrive at 2pm, we will get you to complete an audition form. The rest of the audition will be in parts and how long you stay depends on what role you would like to audition for.

Part 1 – Movement and Group singing

There will be some movement/dance to learn and we will also teach you the finale song to hear you singing as a group. For those only auditioning to be Oompa-Loompas – this is the only role of the audition you will need to do (unless you would like a solo-singing opportunity as an Oompa-Loompa, then you need to stay for Part 3).

Part 2 – Speaking and characterisation

For those auditioning for a character role (e.g. Willy Wonka; one of the children or their parents) you will be given a scene to briefly practice and perform.

Part 3 – Solo singing

For those auditioning for Willy Wonka, Charlie or Grandpa Joe (or an Oompa Loompa with solo singing), we will listen to you sing the finale song (taught in Part 1) solo.


Should we need to see some auditionees again, they will be invited to a ‘call-back’ at 7.30pm on Monday 27 August.


If you have any questions about the show or the auditions, please email the director – Karl Buckley – at

CLUB NIGHT – 16 March 2018

Our next Torbay Theatre Club Night is on Friday 16 March, and all are welcome to attend, both members and non-members.  Come along for a fun night out to watch and/or join in the fun.  Don’t forget to bring $2 each to contribute to expenses.

Any members wishing to perform, please contact Lynette or Jacqué by Monday 12 March.  Don’t be shy!

Further details below:

AUDITIONS – A Taste of Honey

STOP PRESS: We are still looking for someone to play the awesome role of Geoffrey.  Please contact us ASAP if you are interested.


Saturday 17 February, 2pm    &     Sunday 18 February, 2pm
at The Gate Theatre Torbay 

The Plot:

Set in Salford England 1960s: Jo, a seventeen-year-old working class girl, and her mother, Helen, who is presented as crude and sexually indiscriminate. Helen leaves Jo alone in their new flat after she begins a relationship with her rich lover, Peter. At the same time Jo begins a romantic relationship with Jimmy, a black sailor. He proposes marriage but then goes to sea, leaving Jo pregnant and alone. She finds lodgings with a homosexual acquaintance, Geoffrey, who assumes the role of surrogate father. Helen returns after leaving her lover and the future of Jo’s new home is put into question.

 Required cast:

Helen        Female, mid to late forties
Jo                Female, late teens or early twenties
Peter         Male, mid to late thirties
Jimmy      Male, twenties, dark-skinned
Geoffrey  Male, early twenties to mid 30s


Helen and Jo:  preferably northern English (Manchester)
Peter and Geoffrey:  English
Jimmy:  lower class British or American

Production Dates:

18 May to 2 June 2018

For more information,
please contact the director,Steve Wright:
phone 444-7673 or 021-978-428
or email
To request a copy of the script for perusal,
please email  auditions@torbaytheatre.comIf you would like to audition, even if you can’t make one of the advertised times,
please email

Private Lives







The remaining performances are:

Wednesday 7 June, 8.00 pm
Thursday 8 June, 8.00 pm
Friday 9 June, 8.00 pm
Saturday 10 June, 8.00 pm
Sunday 11 June, 2.00 pm (matinée)

Click here to book tickets

March Club Night

CLUB NIGHT – 25 March 2017 from 7.30 pm

Torbay Community Hall

Here is a chance for anybody to find out what it’s like to be on the other side of the footlights.  Come along to entertain and be entertained with dance, song, skits, games and theatre.

Non-members are warmly welcome for a taster of what we do – and maybe you would like to join!  If you’ve never been, come prepared for an evening of highly entertaining edification and silliness.

Please email us or contact Lynette on 478 7911 or Jacqué on 473 5454 if you’d like to contribute a short skit, song, poem, or anything entertaining, or if you’d like to offer yourself as an actor in someone else’s skit. We’d like a little advance notice, maybe a title to put on a preliminary programme, so we can aim to balance the evening a little.

Rehearsal is up to you or as arranged (we often manage a run for anyone wanting/needing it the night before or in the afternoon on the day). Watch your email/Facebook for details closer to the day. Absolute maximum length 10 minutes, the shorter the better.

Entry $2.00 EACH for both performers and audience.  Juice and nibbles will be provided.  BYO drinks.

For more info, please email us or contact Lynette or Jacqué.

Gondoliers Auditions

Following our super-successful productions of The Pirates of Penzance in 2014 and The Mikado in 2015, the multi-award-winning team at Torbay Theatre is staging Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers in December 2016.

Auditions will be held on:

  • Sunday 31 July at 2 pm, in the Torbay Community Hall and
  • Monday 1 August at 7.30 pm, in the Gate Theatre, Torbay

The large cast requires FIVE principal males and FOUR principal females who are confident singers and actors, along with another EIGHT minor soloists (four female and four male) who are also members of the chorus.

As well, we require another 10-20 chorus members (both male and female) who are competent singers and/or dancers (not necessarily both!)

Auditions will take a workshop format, so we ask that all auditionees arrive at the start of the session.  Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for movement, and bring an audition song with piano music or an accompaniment track if you wish to be considered as a soloist.  All ages from teens up are welcome!

Rehearsals will be held at the Torbay Community Centre on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9 pm, and on Sundays from 2-5 pm.  These rehearsals will be timetabled around cast availability, and will be organised in groups so that, initially, most cast will only be required at one or two rehearsals a week.

Production dates are from 8 to 18 December (except Monday 12th) with 2 pm matinées on the Sundays, and all other performances at 7.30 pm.

Resources can be downloaded from here:

Further background, synopsis, etc can be found on Wikipedia.

For more information, or to register your interest, please contact Graham Mandeno – phone (09)4735454, or click to email.