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Dreamweavers announces open auditions for ‘Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka’

Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew, cover it with chocolate and a miracle or two? The Candy Man! Oh, the Candy Man can!
If those lyrics take you back to a simpler time, and maybe even caused you to sing the chorus call-back lines in your head, you’ll be excited to learn that the classic candy-themed show “Willy Wonka” is coming to the Historic Savannah Theater this summer.
Perhaps better yet, you can be a part of it. And for those too young to know that popular song from the ‘70s, they can be part of it too – and learn to love a timeless show full of mystery, amazement, wonder and laughter.
Dreamweavers of West Tennessee announces open auditions for this year’s summer production, “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” with casting to include a wide variety of parts onstage and backstage.
Whether you’re a longtime thespian, stage and tech crew pro, or complete beginner – Dreamweavers invites everyone from second grade to silver haired to come audition to be a part of this fun show.
Auditions are Friday, April 22 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. at the Historic Savannah Theater on Court Square.
For those cast, rehearsals are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday evenings, and show dates will be Friday through Sunday, June 24, 25 and 26, with Friday and Saturday shows at 7 p.m. and the Sunday show a 2 p.m. matinee.
Auditions for onstage parts will last about 2 hours, and you only need to attend one, but you should plan on staying through the entire audition period.
Before you go, visit Dreamweavers’ website and click on “Audition Information.”
Scroll down on the auditions page and you will find links to a choice of four songs from the show, in karaoke style (music only, with lyrics to help you learn the song), that you can practice with – and pick one.
Don’t be concerned if you are interested in a particular role, just pick a song you know will show your vocal abilities and acting talent.
Keep in mind that you’re showing the director and music director your theatrical skills within the presentation of your chosen song – and don’t worry so much if you absolutely botch it. They want to see you have fun with it and show that you can entertain; there will be time to learn songs perfectly during rehearsals.
Arrive at whichever audition you choose early enough to fill out paperwork. A parent or guardian must accompany anyone under 18 to sign permissions, and parents are asked to stay during the audition period as well.
Wear comfortable clothes and be aware that food is not allowed in the auditorium during auditions, but beverages in closed containers are fine. To help your throat, Dreamweavers recommends good old water.
Casting results will be posted on the Dreamweavers Facebook page on Sunday, and the first rehearsal will be on Monday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the theater.
For those who could possibly be unfamiliar, “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka” 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: 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.
The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to the 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 as well as new songs, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.
As the first lines of the first song as the curtain opens say, “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls – the chocolate room!
“Hold your breath, make a wish, count to three… Come with me, and you’ll be, in a world of pure imagination! Take a look, and you’ll see, into your imagination…”

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