Who wouldn't want to join Charlie Bucket in his adventurous tour of Willy Wonka's world-famous Chocolate Factory? Now is your chance! Your audience will see Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, Veruca Salt, Grandpa George, Grandma Georgina, Willy Wonka and Charlie himself come to life, and all involved will discover the true meaning of teamwork, self-confidence and self-esteem. Each member of your cast will have a role that promotes a special understanding of other people as, together, they and your audience experience a chocolate-candy fantasy. The entire production is smoothly tied together by an energetic and personable Narrator, who effortlessly bridges time and excites the audience with creative anticipation. The delicious fun of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory awaits you!
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code C53000
- Cast Size 19
- Min. Royalty Rate $110/perf
- Cost $11.95
- Approx. Run Time 65 min
- Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | Family (all ages)
- Performing Group Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | TYA
- Genre Comedy | Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780871292209
- "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a great play to introduce actors to the stage. The opportunities for both large and small parts are abundant and the casting is super flexible. "
- Review by Angel Palmer, Home Grown Players, Zanesville, Ohio
- "This was one of the most successful and fun shows we have ever done. We used 22 local grade schoolers as Oompa Loompas and had huge crowds. Using this play gave my students the joys of playing larger than life characters and the opportunity to design and build innovative and colorful sets. Lots of parts keep the whole class busy. I definitely recommend this show!"
- Review by Linda Piccolo, Jefferson High School, Boulder, MT
- "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory enjoyed four sold out performances. We had 34, eight to eighteen year olds participate. We greatly appreciated the technical suggestions in the playbook."
- Review by June Neal, Traverse City Children's Thtr., Traverse City, MI
- "Charlie & the Chocolate Factory is full of delightful character roles as well as a zany but familiar plot. Our youth actors really enjoyed making these characters come to life!"
- Review by Darcy Blauvelt, Palace Youth Theatre, Manchester, N.H.
- "Charlie & the Chocolate Factory was one of the best shows (plays) performed. In fact, it's the first time we've sold out for a fall play. The students said they really had fun performing."
- Review by Laura Barletta, Penndale Middle School, Lansdale, Pa.
- "You can't go wrong when you have a great story and a well done script. We had children ranging in grades K-8. The show worked! Each star had a moment to shine. With the Oompas, all children could have lines!"
- Review by Sally Hoffsommer, Baldwin City Community Theatre, Baldwin City, Kan.
- "Was a school favorite, "the best play so far." The kids really enjoyed this play and rose to all the set and costume challenges. We loved how closely it followed the novel."
- Review by Nan Howard, Trinity School, Ellicott City, Md.
- "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an accessible creative script, suitable for all budgets. It ignites the imagination and sends you off on the sweetest magical journey."
- Review by Joanne Fayan, All Children's Theatre Ensemble, East Providence, R.I.
- "This is a lively script with wonderfully exotic characters (and lots of them) for children to experiment with. Great as an educational performance tool!"
- Review by Patsy Dew, Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield, Minn.
- "Terrific fun, especially for my school which is grades 7-12. There were good roles for all ages."
- Review by Rod Hearn, Damonte Ranch High School, Reno, Nev.
- "A little 2nd grade girl said, "It was a really, really, really, really, really good show.""
- Review by Kelli McClendon, Father Ryan High School, Nashville, Tenn.
- "Easily adaptable to any size cast or stage. This was a popular choice for our school audience -- full house at every performance! The length of the script was perfect for a cast of new performers."
- Review by Lisa Greenwood, West Junior High School, Lawrence, Kan.
- "Pleased the entire audience, from 4-year-olds to 84-year-olds. Very magical, colorful! We had kids thinking our actors truly turned into blueberries. An absolutely fantastic script straight from Raold Dahl's book. Great for all stages of actors, it is flexible to be challenging or easy."
- Review by Megan Blough, Black River Homeschool, South Haven, Mich.
- "This fun and creative show was great for our beginning middle-school drama class. There are many parts, so every child got to act or speak onstage."
- Review by Danielle Redfield, Martin High School, Martin, Mich.
- "This delightful rendition of the classic story makes it a joy to perform as well as watch. Our middle-school show was the hit of the town!"
- Review by Wendy Johnson, Corvallis Youth Theatre, Corvallis, Ore.
- "Directing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a joy for our community theatre. We had a cast of 55 actors, ages 6 to 76."
- Review by Gai Jones, Ojai Art Center Theater, Ojai, Calif.
- "This was a great challenge!! My stagecraft class had a wonderful time creating this set, and advanced acting embraced the roles!! The elementary schools who came to see it were thoroughly entertained!"
- Review by Laura Anderle-Smith, Nathan Hale High School, Milwaukee, Wis.
- "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was an excellent choice for our elementary school production. The parts were not too complex, and the props and sets were simple to design. We thoroughly enjoyed the production!"
- Review by Ellen Foster, Saroyan Elementary School, Fresno, Calif.
- "I enjoyed directing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I also directed it 12 years ago when we lived in Indiana. What I appreciate about the script is that it can be as simplistic or complex as you would like it to be depending on the type of set you want. We used it as a community show and it received many compliments."
- Review by Angela Jefferies, The Park Players, Shelbyville, Ill.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "For Violet, we used an inflatable blue suit and put a pair of large pants and a poncho on her. As soon as she started chewing the gum, she started inflating the suit. It was hysterical!"
- Tip by Angel Palmer, Home Grown Players, Zanesville, Ohio
- "The playbook has great suggestions. Keep the set simple and rely on acting and movement. For our blueberry we made a circle of one yard fabric. Put a casing for string at the top and a casing for a cut hulahoop in the center. It was cute."
- Tip by Sally Hoffsommer, Baldwin City Community Theatre, Baldwin City, Kan.
- "We used airduct work for the Augustus Gloop scene donated from a local companyÑworked beautifully. Ken doll for Mike Teavee and we managed to blow up Violet on stage with air machine and innertube around her."
- Tip by Nan Howard, Trinity School, Ellicott City, Md.
- "Don't be afraid to create a colorful, fanciful set and costumes to underplay the darker side of the story."
- Tip by Paddy Lynn, Kirk Players, Mundelein, Ill.
- "Having real candy to taste during scenes and loud, bright sets helps children to visualize the factory. Chocolate River: we used brown cloth on stilts and it looked great."
- Tip by Gi Pruden, Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center, Katy, Texas
- "The script suggests cardboard oompa-loompas. We did ours live with puppets the size of kindergartners."
- Tip by Christy Conant, Holy Rosary BASE, Seattle, Wash.
- "We had the narrator act like a news reporter."
- Tip by Valerie Horton, Gidney Avenue School, Newburgh, N.Y.
- "The more outrageous and gawdy the costumesÑthe better."
- Tip by Gail Allen, Chouteau County Home School, Fort Benton, Mont.
- "Allow for a simple, modular set that moves easily as you progress from scene to scene. Long set changes disrupt the flow of the piece."
- Tip by Joanne Fayan, All Children's Theatre Ensemble, East Providence, R.I.
- "We used an inflatable Halloween costume for Violet. We filmed Mike Teavee and projected him on a real television screen. We used just a spot and fog machine during the boat scene. Three of the grandparents and Mrs. Bucket doubled as Oompa Loompas."
- Tip by Mary Leone, South Carroll Covenant Keepers, Eldersburg, Md.
- "Very flexible staging encouraged my design students to be creative."
- Tip by Rod Hearn, Damonte Ranch High School, Reno, Nev.
- "I used the ensemble to "create" the machines from found objectsÑvery fun!"
- Tip by Gretta Berghammer, Sturgis Youth Theatre, Cedar Falls, Iowa
- "My son's Pipeworks set and Saran wrap made a most interesting clear, glass elevator."
- Tip by Ruth Jeremiason, Little Falls High School, Little Falls, Minn.
- "We had 24 Oompa-Loompas and there were six in each verse segment. They were the stage crew moving all set pieces. We had a set building session and the actors created the inventions out of boxes, tubes, long silky brown cloth for riverÑcan be waved, etc. We used a child's inflatable swim ring and inflated it with plastic tubing and an air compressor. We used a child's plastic slide for our rubbish chute and built a cardboard top for it."
- Tip by Linda Hasbrouck, Gibraltar Area Schools, Fish Creek, Wis.
- "We had over 30 Oompas. I separated them into three groups. One group was featured on stage for each poem while the other two were in the aisles. All three recited the last poem onstage. We also had a group of squirrels for the Nut Room scene. Costumes were made using sweats for squirrels and shorts/t-shirts with suspenders for Oompas."
- Tip by Drama Director, Miscoe Hill School, Mendon, Mass.
- "When using kids, make the set very simpleÑkeep the focus on the kids. We used a children's slide for the nut chute; it works beautifully!"
- Tip by Frann Sidlow, Fierke Education Center, Oak Forest, Ill.
- "A skateboard with bungee cords up the center aisle was a perfect way for Augustus to go up the pipe. We used chocolate-looking fabric for the river and the Oompas waved it."
- Tip by Julie Estrada, Windsor High School, Windsor, Colo.
- "We created a shadow theatre upstage, framed by a factory window, and displayed the consequences of the children's tragic flaws in over-exagerrated shadow! It was hilarious watching Violet grow in blue shadow! And the squirrels as shadow puppets toss nuts onto a dodging Veruca. Augustus swam upriver with his mom in pursuit, and Mike Teavee was delightfully and simply shrunk!"
- Tip by Terry Overfelt, Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, Mo.
- "We had a very simple set but used lots of sound effects to create the atmosphere of the factory, the squirrels, the river, and the movement of the elevator."
- Tip by Drama Director, Lincoln Public School Brooks Office, Lincoln, Mass.
- "Special effects need time. We asked students from middle-school math and science to come up with them. They had fun and we had fun with some of their ideas."
- Tip by Terri Gillis, Frank Phillips YMCA, Columbus, Miss.
- "Figure out your set earlyÑit's a huge set show. I wish I'd have rented the backdrops."
- Tip by Molly Grasso, Papillion-LaVista High School, Papillion, Neb.
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