Audition Announcement

The West Bend Children’s Theatre will be celebrating its 90th Season in 2023 with the musical Willy Wonka co-directed by Nick Theisen and Lindsey VanderWielen. Auditions will be held Monday, January 9th and Tuesday, January 10th at 6pm in the Badger Middle School Choir Room. Wednesday, January 11th will be used only if needed for callbacks. Auditions are open to anyone ages 10 through 110 as there are roles for both children/youth and adults. You only need to attend one audition date. 

Show dates are Wednesday, April 19 - Saturday, April 22, 2023 at the Silver Linings Arts Center at the High School. Please note that to be cast, you will need to be available during the day as most shows run during the school day. However rehearsals for Willy Wonka will be in the evenings Monday-Thursday beginning mid-January.


Willy Wonka
The mysterious title character. He is charming, enigmatic, charismatic, and slightly wonky.  A chocolatier who guides children and their parents on a tour of his factory. He is looking for someone new to take over his candy empire.

Candy Man
A local candy vendor. He leads the children in praising the joys of candy.

Charlie Bucket
Our story's shy lead. From a modest home life, he is humble and noncompetitive while maintaining a sense of wonder about the world. One of the Golden Ticket winners whose honesty and general good nature win Wonka over.

Grandpa Joe
A caring, patient, and kindhearted man. Loving Grandfather to Charlie Bucket. He accompanies Charlie to Willy Wonka's factory and it gives him a new burst of youthful vigor.

Mrs. Bucket
Charlie Bucket's nurturing mother. She is always trying to maintain an energetic positivity.

Mr. Bucket
Charlie Bucket's nurturing father. He is always trying to maintain an energetic positivity

Grandma Josephina, Grandma Georgina, Grandpa George

Charlies three other caring grandparents.

Phineous Trout

A reporter covering the Golden Ticket story.

Augustus Gloop
A gluttonous German boy. Cheerful and jolly, he defines himself by his ability to eat mass quantities of food. One of the Golden Ticket winners whose constant overeating is enabled and encouraged by Mrs. Gloop.

Mrs. Gloop

A plump, jolly german woman with a bustling personality. Augustus Gloop's overindulgent mother.

Veruca Salt
A wealthy, spoiled Brit. She is accustomed to having her father indulge her every whim and desire. One of the Golden Ticket winners, she is subjected to the squirrels' nut chute.

Mr. Salt
A wealthy British upperclassman who regularly flaunts his wealth and privilege. Father to Veruca Salt who shamelessly spoils his daughter.

Violet Beauregarde
A brassy girl with a competitive streak. Violet seizes every opportunity to show off. She turns into a giant blueberry.

Mrs. Beauregarde
Violet's enthusiastic "helicopter parent" who focuses all her attention on her daughter. She indulges Violet's worst competitive impulses.

Mike Teavee
An obnoxious, hyperactive child addicted to television, video games, and the internet. One of the Golden Ticket winners and Ms. Teavee's son.

Ms. Teavee
An old-fashioned housewife. She is Mike Teavee's permissive and clueless mother.

The Candy Man Kids (James, Matilda, etc.), Oompa-Loompas, Squirrels