WILLY WONKA, owner of a chocolate factory.
CHARLIE BUCKET, a poor boy, about 10 years old
MR BUCKET, his father who works in a toothpaste factory
MRS BUCKET, his mother
GRANDPA JOE, GRANDMA JOSEPHINE, GRANDPA GEORGE, GRANDMA GEORGINA, his grandparents
CANDY MAN, a person who sells candy
PHINEOUS TROUT, a news reporter
AUGUSTUS GLOOP, a German boy who eats too much
MRS GLOOP, his mother
VARUCA SALT, a spoiled rich girl
MR SALT, her father
VIOLET BEAUREGARDE, a girl who chews too much gum
MRS BEAUREGARDE, her mother
MIKE TEAVEE, a boy who watches too much television
MS TEAVEE, his mother
MATILDA, Charlie's friend
JAMES, Charlie's friend
OOMPA LOOMPAS, workers in Willy Wonka's factory
SQUIRRELS, nut sorters in Willy Wonka's factory
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. The actor should be able to be funny and serious and change between the two on a dime. Can be played by a man or woman.
CHARLIE BUCKET is the emotional heart and soul of the musical. The actor performing Charlie should have a high 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.
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 remain cheerful. The actor should be kind and funny. The role sings a bit, but the singing is secondary.
MR & MRS BUCKET are great roles for young people who have nice voices. Both sing solos; Mr. Bucket performs the number "Think Positive" with Charlie and Mrs. Bucket sings "Cheer Up, Charlie" with Mr. Bucket and Grandpa Joe.
PHINEOUS TROUT is the reporter who announces the winners of the Golden Ticket contest throughout the show. The role requires some singing. Either a boy or a girl can play the role.
AUGUSTUS GLOOP is the overachieving eater who represents the evils of eating too much. 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 a little difficult, but does not need to be sung with a polished pretty voice, in fact, the more character the better. Can be played by a child of any size, padded up to look big.
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 . The role requires a character actress who isn't afraid to take positive risks both in her acting and her singing.
MIKE TEAVEE is not just a TV junky. He is also addicted to video games, the Internet and any other mind-numbing technological device. Mike is bratty, loud and obnoxious. He does not know the word "no." Mike and Ms. Teavee sing "I See It All On TV" so he should be a good singer, but does not have to be great.
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.
VIOLET BEAUREGARDE, gum chewer extraordinaire, comes 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 blue-collar, 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.
VERUCA SALT is the wealthy, class-conscious, spoiled brat. 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 woman with a strong voice. Veruca should contrast sharply with Violet Beauregarde in terms of look and physical type.
JOSEPHINE, GEORGE & 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.
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.
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.
MRS BEAUREGUARDE is a teacher of geography and has invested a great deal of hard-earned money on therapy for her orally fixated daughter, with less than stellar results. The role is virtually non-singing. Her accent should match Violet's.
MR SALT is a successful businessman. He owns a nut factory in Brazil. His solution to most problems is to buy his way out, so he gives Varuca whatever she wants. 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.