Fine Art Guild Of The Rockies Theater Camp And Auditions For Willy Wonka, Jr.
Announcing Open Auditions: April 11 & 12, 2011, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Community Room of US Bank in Estes Park
A two-week youth theater camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Estes Park High School auditorium. The camp will culminate in two performances (August 6 & 7) of “Willy Wonka, Jr.” – a musical featuring many of the songs from the original movie, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” starring Gene Wilder. Featured songs include “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” “The Oompa-Loompa Song,” “The Candy Man” and more.
Parts for up to 30 students entering 3rd through 12th grades will be cast; auditions consist of a cold reading from the play and singing a brief song (like “Happy Birthday”). In addition to the production camp, there will be a technical camp for students entering sixth to 12th grades, where students will learn about lights, sound, set design, set building, and more. Tuition is $225 for the Production Camp and $175 for the Technical Camp. Additional children within a family who are cast will be extended a 10% discount on their tuition.
Partial scholarships are available for a few students, based on need. Generally, the scholarship will cover about 50% of the tuition. Students who wish to participate and need a scholarship, must turn in prior to or at the auditions:
1. A letter of recommendation from someone other than a family member–teacher, ministers, youth group leader, Scout leader, etc.
2. A letter, one page in length, explaining why the student needs the scholarship and what they hope to learn and gain from the experience.
3. Students who require a scholarship to participate will not be cast until the two letters are received; a scholarship is not guaranteed to all who apply.
Questions about scholarships or scholarship application letters can sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The camp will be led by Mrs. Debbie Baldwin who will serve as the director and teacher and Mr. Tim Baldwin who will teach the technical theatre class and design the set and lights for the show. Technical theatre students help to design, build and paint the set for the show, serve as backstage crew as well as spend some of their day with the acting students. The technical theatre class is open to students entering sixth grade and older or with permission of the director.
Willy Wonka, Jr is from MTI’s Broadway Junior Collection which includes some of Broadway’s best-loved musicals. Musicals in the collection have been specially adapted for young performers-abridged to 60-80 minutes, with music transposed into keys appropriate for young voices.
Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” The memorable score features “The Candy Man”, “Pure Imagination”, “Oompa Loompa” and ”I Want it Now” by Academy® and Grammy® award winners Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, neatly fitted into a new script adapted under the auspices of the Dahl Estate. With a flexible cast size, featuring roles for children and a tour-de-force role in the title character.
Director, Debbie Baldwin encourages all students who have an interest in learning something new to audition. “This is a great way to spend a part of one’s summer. The students leave camp with over sixty hours of real instruction about the rehearsal process, creating a character, musical theatre singing, dancing and working as a team.” Many of Mrs. Baldwin’s students have gone on to become professional performers, directors, drama teachers, stage makeup artists. However, she’ll tell you that, “I’m just as proud of my students who become supporters of the arts in their communities. My students appreciate the hard work and dedication that artists require because they have had a little taste of the limelight themselves.”
The Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies is committed to building on its tradition of excellence by providing experience in the performing and visual arts through participation, education, and outreach. Members of the Fine Arts Guild enjoy free admission to all of its yearly productions in the performing arts such as theater, musicals, and concerts. Volunteers are needed to assist in set building, ticket-taking, publicity, and more. For more information on how to become more involved in this non-profit arts organization with a 52-year local tradition, please visit www.fineartsguild.org.