ReAct sets auditions for ‘Willie Wonka’

Published 2:30 pm Friday, October 6, 2023

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ReAct Theatre and Arts has set auditions for its March production of “Willie Wonka the Musical” for Oct. 15th, 16th and 17th.

The musical, which is set for March 15-17 in the Dixon Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of LBW, has 14 speaking parts, and is expected to feature at least 40 children in the chorus, director Cathy Powell said.

“It might seem early to audition for a March performance,” Powell said. “But the children cast as Oompahs will be featured in the Andalusia Christmas parade and on stage at Christmas in Candyland.”

Willie Wonka is the story of a world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir. The musical features familiar tunes like, “The Candy Man.”

Auditions have been set as follows:

  • For students in 3rd through 5th grades, auditions are Sunday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. at Andalusia Elementary gym
  • For 6th through 12th grades, auditions are Monday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m. at Church Street Cultural Arts Center
  • For adults, auditions will be Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at Church Street Cultural Arts Center

ReAct was organized in 2022 to produce the original local history play, “Women of the Jury,” written by Andalusia native Marianne Merrill Weber. The group also produced a mural walk in the fall of 2022, hosted an art show and lecture series featuring the work of Shiney Moon, and staged “Charlotte’s Web.” Since that time, a board has been formed and is in the process of pursuing 501(c)3 status for ReAct.