Auditions for Willy Wonka Jr.

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Treasure Valley Children's Theater and the Meridian Arts Commission is pleased to announce AUDITIONS for the Young Performers musical production, "Willy Wonka, Jr."


***All auditions will take place at New Ventures Lab 33 E. Idaho in Meridian with the exception of auditions on DECEMBER 6 and DECEMBER 12. They will take place at Meridian City Hall 33 E. Broadway in Meridian. Please be at least 15 minutes early to your audition to avoid confustion.*****


All registered students will audition at the time they registerted for. Please note the time AND location during the registration process. Students will prepare the required song from the show to sing in small groups and as part of their audition. If a student wants to be considered for a role with a solo, they will be asked to sing the same song solo. Additional audition activities may include learning some choreography, theater games, team building work and cold readings from the script. The required audition material is available online. Click Here.

There are fun and challenging roles for 40 performers. Some roles are larger than others. ALL roles are important to the telling of the story.

About the show: The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth.

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences.

About the program: Treasure Valley Children's Theater empowers youth through performing arts programs. 40 youth will be selected to participate in our Theater for Young Performers Series - a theater-arts/leadership training program and rehearsal process. Youth will be involved in many aspects of the show including fundraising, marketing, creating props, costumes and more!

Performances of "Willy Wonka Jr." will be presented Friday, March 9th at 7pm and Saturday, March 10th at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Cast members are expected to be available for all performances - NO EXCEPTIONS.

All cast members and a parent will be required to attend a mandatory Parent/Cast meeting at 6:00 pm on FRIDAY, JAN 5TH at the New Ventures Lab, 33 E. Idaho Ave., Meridian.

Rehearsals are MANDATORY! ALL cast members are expected to attend EVERY rehearsal as follows:

  • Fri. Jan. 5th 6 - 8:30 pm - MANDATORY CAST/PARENT MEETING at New Ventures Lab (parents only stay for the first hour)
  • Sat. Jan 6th 10am-4pm at New Ventures Lab, 33 E. Idaho St. Cast Retreat
  • Fri. Jan 12th 6 - 8:30 pm Rehearsal
  • Sat. Jan 13 10am - 4 pm Rehearsal
  • Fri. Jan 19th 6 - 8:30 pm Rehearsal
  • Sat. Jan 20th TIME TBD Rehearsal
  • Fri. Jan 26th 6 - 8:30 pm Rehearsal
  • Sat. Jan 27 10am - 4 pm Rehearsal
  • Fri. Feb. 2nd 6 - 8:30 pm Rehearsal
  • Sat. Feb. 3rd 10am - 4 pm Rehearsal
  • Fri. Feb. 9th 6 - 8:30 pm Rehearsal
  • Sat. Feb. 10th 10am - 4 pm Rehearsal
  • Fri. Feb. 16th 6 - 8:30 pm Rehearsal
  • Sat. Feb. 17th TIME TBD Rehearsal
  • Fri. Feb. 23rd 6 - 8:30 pm Rehearsal
  • Sat. Feb. 24th 10am - 4 pm Rehearsal
  • Fri. Mar. 2nd 6 - 8:30 pm Rehearsal
  • Sat. Mar. 3rd 10am - 4:00pm Rehearsal
  • Tech Week March 6 thru 8th Time TBD
  • Perormance March 9th at 7:00 pm
  • Perforamnce March 10th at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm

NOTE: Our Young Performer programs are an intense time commitment. If you anticipate missing a scheduled rehearsal, please reconsider registering.

There is a $65 fee to particpate if you are cast in this program - HOWEVER - we want your young performer to raise this fee through fundraising or sponsorship. A major goal of our performance programs is teaching life and leadership skills that students will use in the future. We will teach your young performer to approach local businesses to request support for their participation in the program. We want every student to try. They may not be successful, but we want them to try. If a sponsiship is obtained, your particpation fee will be refuneded.

Your student's fee includes ALL production materials, over 50 hours of training, a cast T-shirt, and memories they will carry with them forever!

If you'd like to participate in "Willy Wonka Jr", and can meet all of the requirements please register through this event portal.

Questions? STOP! Before you contact us with your question, please read the information provided here again. We may have already answered your question. If your question is not answered in this information, please email us at

"Willy Wonka, Jr." is Directed by Mary Jensen, Musical Direction by Melissa Hadden, and Choregraphed by Shannon Peterson. The program receives additional support from Autumn Kersey.

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