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Willie Wonka Jr.
Summer 2024
Directed by Erin Franklin

Rising 2nd - 8th Graders

$325 per child

Camp 1:  July 15 - 19  FULL! Email to be on waitlist.

Camp 2:  July 22 - 26 FULL! Email to be on waitlist.

Camp 3:  July 29 - August 2 FULL! Email to be on waitlist.

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Join the cast in Roald Dahl's timeless story of the world famous candy man and his quest to find an heir!

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder and new songs by Leslie Bricusse (Jekyll & Hyde, Doctor Dolittle) and Anthony Newley, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth.

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory... or suffer the consequences.

Because of the limited cast size, camps will fill up quickly.  Please fill out the Online Registration Form below.

 Spots will be secured by a time-stamped receipt of the online form. We will email you an invoice which must be paid within two weeks of invoice receipt to retain your spot in the camp.  Registration will not be confirmed until payment has been received.  

Please note - there are no video rights for this production - all video recordings of rehearsals and performances are prohibited under the terms of our Royalty Contract.  Still photography is welcome.

Directed by Erin Franklin, every child will be on stage for most of the musical!  Celebrating the 14th anniversary of musical theater camps sponsored by The Center for Creative Arts, each camp ends with a full evening production on the last day of camp.  Children develop self-confidence on-stage in this action-packed camp!  Snacks, T-shirt, & book included.  Bring a water bottle and a peanut-free lunch.

Our Director Erin Franklin has more than three decades of experience in both performance and music education. Growing up right here in Henrico County, she was part of several church youth choirs and summer musical camps and was a member of the select ensembles “Sounds” and “Novettes” while attending J.R. Tucker High School. During her time at Longwood University she studied voice and piano performance and was a part of the “Camerata Singers” and Longwood’s Wind Symphony. After graduating with her Bachelor’s of Music degree she began teaching elementary music at Pinchbeck Elementary. During her 21 years in Henrico County Public Schools, she has directed hundreds of performances, achieved National Board Certification, been named Teacher of the Year at both Pinchbeck and Echo Lake E.S, where she’s been teaching since 2011. Most recently she was named Henrico Music Teacher of the Year in 2020. She was excited to be part of The Center's production of Mary Poppins Jr in 2021, and Director of last year's performances of Disney's Frozen Jr.  




Sunday, May 19th: 1:00  - 4:30 p.m.  (chapel)

Monday, May 20th: 4:15 - 6:45 (sanctuary) 


Sunday, June 2nd: 2:30 - 6 p.m.  (sanctuary)

Monday, June 3rd: 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.  (sanctuary)

Choose one audition day.  Auditions will be held in the main Church Sanctuary. They are relaxed and educational! 

While all children will be assigned a role and be onstage almost the entire time as part of the chorus, auditions are required to obtain individual speaking roles and singing solos. Register before April 1 to be guaranteed an audition time.


After you have registered and paid in full for the camp, you will receive two links:  1) A Sign-Up Genius link to schedule your audition date and time, and 2) Audition Choices Packet including the drama and solo singing parts that your child will use during the audition, and an audio of all songs in the musical that your child will use to prepare for both the audition and the week of camp.  The Audition Packet will include choices for a drama reading and a song for both girls and boys.  Please note that memorization of drama and song choices are very important for a great audition! 


Please indicate your child's t-shirt size on the Online Enrollment Form!

Due to the busy audition schedule, and to ensure every child has a chance to audition, please do not change your audition date on Sign-up Genius after April 15.  If you have a conflict with the day you have signed up on, please contact us by email!

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