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That’s right folks, it’s time to play “Who Wants To Be A Chocolatiere?” PYT has mixed a funky-fun gameshow twist into Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man. Could YOU be the lucky winner of the keys to Wonka’s factory?

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The delicious adventures of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory light up PYT’s retro, nostalgia-filled stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

The story of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Once in the factory, the children must follow the rules of the game— or suffer the consequences.

Directed by: Jacqueline Dunford
Rehearsals start: 9/12
Debut Performances: 04/29
MainStage Performances: 4/1, 4/2
Premier Performances: 3/31, 4/1, 4/2

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Same show… three different ways to play.

We know everyone starts from a different place and that’s why we offer three different experiences: no matter your age, experience, ability, schedule, or performance goals, PYT has a show for you.

Debut

Giving young performers the perfect first-step onto the stage as they learn theatre basics in a fun, pressure-free environment. The Debut experience will be complete with sets, costumes, and a top-notch creative team—all without the demands of late-night rehearsals.

MainStage

Star in a professionally produced musical without the pressure of auditioning, no experience required! Learn with performers of the same age and ability in convenient rehearsals. Those looking for a larger role are invited to audition for a lead or supporting character.

Premier

Faster-paced rehearsals, more challenging content for performers who have previous on-stage experience, performance training, or are simply ready to take on the audition room, no matter the outcome. Ideal for those with busy schedules who still want to be part of a pro show.

Debut

$ 95

Monthly Sep - Apr
Everyone Gets A Role
GRADE

Pre-K – 3rd Grade

 

SUMMARY

Debut cast members will attend a weekly, forty-five-minute class with children of a similar age and ability. Here their imaginations will come alive as they learn theatre fundamentals, songs, and scenes from this beloved children’s musical.

AUDITIONS

N/A

Classes begin

week of September 12

Debut Act I
Grade: Pre-K – K
Day: Mondays 
Time: 3:30 – 4:15 PM

Debut Act II
Grade: 1 – 3
Day: Mondays 
Time: 4:15 – 5:00

Dress Rehearsal
AND Pizza Party

Date: 4/29
Time: 11:00am – 3:00 pm

PERFORMANCE

Debut’s exclusive, in-house performance of Willy Wonka Jr, will be held at BackStage at PYT Studios 

Date: 4/29
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Act 1
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Act 2
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MainStageMost Popular

$ 150

Monthly Sep - Mar
Everyone Gets A Role w/ optional audition
GRADE

2nd Grade and Up

SUMMARY

MainStage cast members will attend a weekly, one-hour class with children of a similar age and ability. Optional auditions for lead and featured roles are at the ready for those who are ready for more responsibility and theatre training.

AUDITIONS

Audition Workshop: 8/20
Auditions: 8/22, 8/23, 8/24
Callbacks: 8/29, 8/30

CLASSES BEGIN

week of September 12th

Bravo
Grade: 2 – 3
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 4:15 – 5:15 PM

​​Encore*
Grade: 4 – 6
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Ovation*
Grade: 5 +
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 5:30-6:30

Lead Rehearsals (Flex)
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 6:45 – 8:45 PM

*Which class is right for my actor? SEE FAQ

IN-THEATER TECH WEEK

Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center
Dates: 3/27 – 3/30

PERFORMANCE 

Performances will be held at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center
Dates and Times:
4/1 – 10:30 AM
4/1 – 3:30 PM
4/2 10:30 AM
(Save these dates. Specific start and release times will be provided.)

After your enrollment is processed, you will receive an email within a week that contains a link to select your audition day, time and whether you would like the opportunity to audition for MainStage only or for either the MainStage or Premier casts.

Bravo
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Encore
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Ovation
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Premier

$ 150

Monthly Sept - Mar
Audition Only
GRADE

3rd Grade and Up

SUMMARY

Premier cast members will attend one rehearsal every week allowing actors the flexibility to pursue other activities while gaining serious theater training.

PLEASE NOTE: As with traditional theatre auditions, if you are not cast in the Premier show you run the risk of not having a place in the Mainstage cast due to limited availability. To guarantee you have a place in one of our Willy Wonka Jr. productions, we encourage actors to enroll in the “Mainstage” cast and audition for both Premier and MainStage knowing you’re going to be starring in a spectacularly sweet show… no matter what.

AUDITIONS

Audition Workshop: 8/20
Auditions: 8/22, 8/23, 8/24
Callbacks: 8/29, 8/30

CLASSES BEGIN

week of September 12th

Flex Schedule:

Actors can be called at anytime between
4:15 – 9:00 PM on Mondays.

The schedule for the following week will be released on Fridays and created around the actor’s supplied availability.

The size (amount of lines/scenes/songs) of the role and age of the performer (we always aim to release our youngest cast members early) will determine the duration of attendance.

IN-THEATER TECH WEEK

Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center
Dates: 3/27 – 3/30

PERFORMANCES

Performances will be held at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center
Dates and Times:
3/31 – 7:00 PM
4/1 – 7:30 PM
4/2 3:00 PM
(Save these dates. Specific start and release times will be provided,)

CASTING COMPLETE
We Understand

you may have some questions

Check out our FAQ below to find the answers to our most common questions. If you can’t find the answer to your question, please use the box below to get your answer.

Topic: General | Debut | Mainstage | Premier

ASK A QUESTION

General

What is ‘Tech Week?'

Tech Week is an exciting and important week for both our cast and production team. This is where the magic happens to perfect the lighting, sound, and stage ques. These rehearsals are mandatory and occur the same week as the performances. Please reserve these dates on your calendar. The Tech Week arrival and release schedule for both MainStage and Premier casts will be released shortly after rehearsals begin. PYT will try to release our youngest cast members first but all cast members need to keep their calendars open for the week.

Debut

Can I audition for a role in my Debut class?

There are no auditions in Debut. Roles are assigned in the first couple of weeks of class.

Mainstage

How do I know which MainStage class is right for my actor?

Bravo Beginner – This class is designed for students entering Grades 2nd or 3rd and for all levels of musical theater experience. Performers in this group will be taught musical theater fundamentals while learning scenes and choreography they will perform within the musical.

Encore – This class is designed for students entering Grades 4th, 5th, or 6th who are brand new to musical theater or have minimal experience. The choreography for this group will be better suited for those new to dancing.

Ovation – This class is designed for students 5th Grade or higher. For any student in 5th and 6th Grade considering enrolling in Ovation please keep in mind that this group will have more challenging content and choreography than Encore.

Can I audition for a role in my MainStage class?

You absolutely can. And while we encourage it for experience, auditions are optional in MainStage. By enrolling in MainStage you are already guaranteed a role in the show.

If I am planning on auditioning, do I have to audition for both MainStage and the Premier cast?

No, the same audition counts towards either cast. You will have the opportunity to choose to be considered for either MainStage or Premier by noting your preference on the audition form.

What does ‘Optional Audition’ mean?

This means that you don’t have to audition to be in this show, but you can if you would like to. We encourage it for experience but there it is not a prerequisite.

I have been offered a role in both MainStage and Premier, which one do I take?

Sometimes, directors may offer you placement in both MainStage and Premier. If this happens you will then have the choice which role you would like to accept.

I applied for MainStage but was offered a role in Premier. What happens to my payments?

In this instance, all payments made towards MainStage will be transferred to your Premier membership.

Do I have to audition to be in the MainStage program?

Nope. By enrolling in MainStage you are already guaranteed a role in the show. You can, however, audition after enrolling to give yourself a chance of bagging an exciting role.

How will I know what to do in an audition?

Audition material and helpful Instructions detailing how and what to prepare will be sent to all performers before their audition.

How much does it cost to audition?

A $25 Admin Fee will be charged at time of your audition booking.

Premier

Can I audition for a role in my Premier class?

Yes! In fact, this is the only way to access this program.

If I am planning on auditioning, do I have to audition for both MainStage and the Premier cast?

No, the same audition counts towards either cast. You will have the opportunity to choose to be considered for either MainStage or Premier by noting your preference on the audition form.

What does ‘Audition Only’ mean?

‘Audition Only’ means that there is no way to enroll in this show without auditioning. In other words, your audition will have to secure you a role in the show or you will not participate.

This is why we recommend enrolling in the MainStage cast before it fills so you are guaranteed a part in one of our spectacular shows no matter the outcome of auditions.

What happens if I don’t get a role after auditioning for Premier?

Premier is a cut show meaning there is a chance you may not be offered a role and will therefore not be cast in the show. For this reason, we recommend enrolling in the MainStage cast before it fills so you are guaranteed a part in one of our spectacular shows no matter the outcome of auditions.

I have been offered a role in both MainStage and Premier, which one do I take?

Sometimes, directors may offer you placement in both MainStage and Premier. If this happens you will then have the choice which role you would like to accept.

How will I know what to do in an audition?

Audition material and helpful instructions detailing how and what to prepare will be sent to all performers before their audition.

How much does it cost to audition?

A $25 Admin Fee will be charged at time of your audition booking.

View the rehearsal calendar

If you are solely a member of the ensemble then ensemble days and times are (*loosely) divided by age. Rehearsals run weekly from September through show-time.

We have allotted time each week for lead-only MainStage rehearsals. This is the only “flexible” rehearsal time, and only applicable if you have a featured or lead role. The size (amount of lines/scenes/songs) of the role will determine the frequency and duration of ‘lead’ rehearsal attendance.