Clayton Schools to hold auditions for musical

By Curt Yeomans


Oompa, Loompa, doom-pa-dee-do.

Auditions for "Willy Wonka" are coming up soon.

Kathy Baker, the technical specialist at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, said auditions will take place, next week, for Clayton County Public Schools' All-County Musical production of "Willy Wonka."

The musical is based on the Roald Dahl book, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," but features songs from the 1971 film adaptation, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," according to the web site for the theater show licensing company, Music Theatre International.

The story, filled with Everlasting Gobstoppers, and little men with orange skin and green hair, is about a young boy's visit to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, after finding a golden ticket in a candy bar wrapper.

Baker, who oversees the staging of musicals for the county, said all auditions will take place at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, located at 2530 Mt. Zion Pkwy., in Jonesboro. Students will be auditioning before Clayton County Public Schools music, theater and dance teachers, Baker said.

She said the auditions for elementary school students will take place on Monday, Sept. 20, and Wednesday, Sept. 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m., on each day. The elementary students must be recommended by their home school's music teacher, Baker said. She added that auditioning elementary school students will have to sing a song, pulled from a list provided to their music teacher, and will have to recite a poem.

Auditions for middle school and high school students, she said, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 25, beginning at 9 a.m. These students will have to sing 16 bars of a song of their choosing, perform a monologue, and perform a dance routine that will be taught to them at the rehearsal.

"Willy Wonka" is scheduled to be performed at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, Jan. 14-16.