Audition Announcement: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
March 14, 2023



Music By: Marc Shaiman

Lyrics By: Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman

Book By: David Greig


Director: Joshua Napierkowski

Choreographer: Nathan Mittleman


Based on the famous novel by Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory features an original score composed by Marc Shaiman with lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) and a book by David Greig. The score also pays homage to the Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley score from the 1971 film with songs from the motion picture including “Candy Man,” “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” “Oompa Loompa Song,” and “Pure Imagination.”

The world-famous Willy Wonka is opening the gates to his mysterious factory…but only to a lucky few. Young Charlie Bucket and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a life-changing journey through Wonka’s world of pure imagination including chocolate waterfalls, nutty squirrels and the great glass elevator, all to be revealed by Wonka’s army of curious Oompa-Loompas.




Monday, July 10 @ 6-8 pm
Tuesday, July 11 @ 6-8 pm

South Bend Civic Theater
403 N. Main Street
South Bend, IN 46601


Rehearsals are Monday-Friday 6-9:30pm

Beginning June 1st

*some small group workshops before, depending on cast availability 

There are no Saturday or Sunday rehearsals until tech week. 


Wednesday April 26, 2023


    • Thursday October 12 at 7:30pm — PAY WHAT YOU CAN DRESS REHEARSAL

    • Friday October 13 at 7:30pm

    • Saturday October 14 at 7:30pm

    • Sunday October 15 at 2:00pm

    • Wednesday June 21 at 7:30pm

    • Thursday October 19 at 7:30pm

    • Friday October 20 at 7:30pm

    • Saturday October 21 at 7:30pm

    • Sunday October 22 at 2:00pm

    • Friday October 27 at 7:30pm — Performance at Howard Park

    • Saturday October 28 at 7:30pm

    • Sunday October 29 at 2:00pm

    SCHOOL SHOWS: Mon/Tue | October 23 & 24 at 10:30am

    What To Prepare


    Additional Information

    Audition/Callback location: South Bend Civic- 403 N. Main Street, South Bend, Indiana — Enter through main doors off Main Street


    *When considering roles you’d like to audition for, be aware that many roles are flexible in terms of gender, age, and ethnicity. 

    The part of Sky Masterson will be played by Alastair Willis. All other roles will be cast from the CIVIC’s open auditions on April 10-12.

    Nicely-Nicely Johnson

    Just like his name suggests, he is the nicest and cheeriest of the gambling crooks. High-spirited and a bit naïve, but sincere and genuine. Nathan’s loyal friend and lackey.

    Gender: Male
    Age: 30 to 50
    Vocal range top: B5
    Vocal range bottom: D4
    Benny Southstreet
    Nathan’s right-hand man and a gambler himself. Smart, slick, always moving and shaking, but with what he thinks are Nathan’s best interest at heart.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 30 to 45
    Vocal range top: G5
    Vocal range bottom: D4
    Sarah Brown
    A pretty, bright-eyed woman who serves as Sergeant of the local Mission. She fully believes in her worthy cause and wishes to convert the gambling sinners to saints. Falls unexpectedly in love with Sky along the way. She is prudish and uptight, but eventually lets go.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 20 to 40
    Vocal range top: G5
    Vocal range bottom: B3
    Arvide Abernathy
    The bass drum and cymbal player in the Mission band, he is Sarah’s loving grandfather. Wise and sweet, he wants nothing but the best for her.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 50 to 70
    Vocal range top: F5
    Vocal range bottom: D4
    Harry The Horse
    A crook and gambler. He is a tough guy with dollar signs as his bottom line. Brings Big Jule into Nathan’s craps game and backs his cheating, but is also a man of his word in the gambling community.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 35 to 55
    Vocal range top: G5
    Vocal range bottom: F3
    Lt. Brannigan
    A New York police officer who is on to Nathan’s illegal craps games and is dead-set on catching him. A tough, no-nonsense character.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 40 to 55
    Nathan Detroit
    A good-hearted gambler and craps game organizer who could never hit the bigtime. He loves Adelaide, but cannot quit his gambling ways. A broke schemer with unwitting ways.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 35 to 50
    Vocal range top: F5
    Vocal range bottom: D4
    Miss Adelaide
    Nathan’s fiancé and a lead performer at the Hot Box nightclub. She loves Nathan more than anything in the world and desperately wants to get married. Pretty, outspoken, stubborn.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 25 to 35
    Vocal range top: E5
    Vocal range bottom: A3
    Big Jule
    A big time craps player from Chicago who uses a gun and his own pair of rigged dice to bully his way into never losing. Tough looking. A bit of an oaf.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 35 to 55
    Vocal range top: G5
    Vocal range bottom: F3
    Sightseers, Mission Band (Agatha, Calvin, Martha), Crap Shooters (Liver Lips Louie, Angie The Ox, Rusty Charlie), Hot Box Girls, Waiters, Cuban Dancers


    Questions? Reach out to the director!




    Monday-Friday: 10-5 p.m.


    403 N. Main St., South Bend, IN 46601