Willy Wonka Jr. - Audition FAQs


Who is eligible to audition for Willy Wonka Jr. at The Rep?

This opportunity is available to any central Arkansas actors who will be between the ages of 9-18 at the time of performance (June 21-30, 2019).

What is a monologue?

A monologue is speech given by one actor alone in a play or musical. Although there are monologues in TV shows and movies, a monologue from a play or musical is best for an audition like this. For our very young actors, reading a poem in the place of a monologue is okay!

Where can I find a good monologue?

A good monologue is short (one minute long for our auditions), memorized, and content appropriate, doesn’t require props or a lot of movement, matches the genre of the show you’re auditioning for, and shows off your skills as an actor. There are plenty of online resources for finding monologues and most bookstores and libraries have monologue books. You can also find monologues by reading plays and taking them directly from their source, and this is a good habit for actors that are getting ready for professional or college auditions.

Where can I find sheet music?

Sheet music can be bought online and printed at home. We often use or Music books, of all genres, may also be bought online or at music stores.

What are some tips as I prepare my song?

As you choose your song and sheet music, make sure you...

  • Have the full piano accompaniment, not just the melody line.
  • Select the right length (16-32 bars) of a selection from a larger song. (Learn more about a “bar” of music below.)
  • Choose a song in the right key, not too high or too low for your voice.

As you prepare your song, make sure you…

  • Memorize it!
  • Tell a story. A good voice is a plus, but first and foremost we are looking for strong actors. (It is musical THEATRE, after all.)
  • Practice with accompaniment. If you know someone who plays piano (at school, church, or in your family), sing through your piece with accompaniment before your audition. Even better, record the accompaniment so you can practice at home!
  • Keep it simple. Don’t get carried away with choreography. We want to see an honest performance of a song you love.

What is a bar of music?

A bar (or measure) is the space between bar lines. One verse and one chorus is usually equal to about 32 bars of music, but you should always make sure that what you prepare is no more than 32 bars.

The graphic below, for example, contains 3 bars (measures).


What should a resume include?

Very young actors are not expected to have lengthy, professional resumes. We want to know who you are and what experience you have. Without exceeding one page, a resume should include your name, stats (age, height, hair color, eye color, vocal part if you know it), and a list of all previous performance experience, training, and any special skills you might have like juggling or backflips.

Do I need a professional headshot?

While a professional headshot is an important tool for actors, we also know that they can be expensive! Especially for our younger artists, a printed photo or school photo will do just fine. Pro tip: Headshots are usually printed out as an 8x10”.

What do I wear to an audition?

For your initial audition, you want to present a professional image, but not so formal that your personality is lost in the outfit or you are uncomfortable. You never want an outfit to distract from a great performance. Avoid big, dangling or sparkly jewelry, t-shirts with big pictures or logos, or hair that covers your eyes or face. Wear shoes you can walk in (no stilettos) and practice in your outfit! If you are called back to dance, make sure you wear something that is comfortable and allows movement. If you have dance shoes or character heels, wear those.

What should I bring to the audition? 

  • A copy of your headshot or a photo
  • A printed resume
  • Sheet music, marked and in a 3-ring notebook
  • A calendar of potential conflicts to list on the audition form 
  • A water bottle
  • A positive attitude

As a parent, how can I prepare my young actor for the audition?

Preparing for an audition can seem daunting, but it can also be a fun process to walk through together. Parents can help young actors select monologues and songs that they really love to perform. Making a list of experiences to feature on a resume can be a fun walk through memory lane. Staging a “mock audition” in the living room is a great and fun way to practice the entire audition all the way through.

But perhaps the biggest way a parent can usher their child through the audition process is by supporting them emotionally. Remember that getting, or not getting, a part is not a comment on anyone’s worth or talents. Parents can help frame an audition so that it is a fun adventure, no matter the result, and help young actors feel less nervous. (Read more about this below.) It is a great accomplishment to complete an audition.

And after it’s all said and done, go out for a treat! Ice cream! A slice of cake! They, and you, deserve it!

What if my young actor doesn’t make the cut?

It’s okay! The casting process is very difficult for the creative team and unfortunately, everyone that auditions will not be cast in the show. The Rep offers many opportunities for actors of all ages that are not audition-based. Take a look at the Rep’s education page for upcoming classes and workshops. The best thing any actor can do is keep a positive attitude, keep practicing, and try again!

Is my young actor ready for an audition or performance?

The best way to come to this conclusion is to talk with your young actor about the audition process and the production commitment. These FAQ’s may give you a better understanding about the work an audition entails. If your child, and you, are ready to dive in, go for it. Along with preparation at home and taking classes, the best way to get better at auditioning is to audition.

It’s also important to remember that performing and rehearsing for a production is not only a commitment for the actor, but also for the family. Before auditioning, think about if your family can devote a few weeks of time and energy to the theatre. Our advice: it’s worth it.

What does the production fee cover?

Actors who are cast in The Rep’s summer production are asked to pay a fee of $100. This expense helps cover some of the costs related to daytime rehearsals, actor hospitality, and the production itself.

Are there scholarships?

YES! We want this opportunity to be available to everyone. Scholarship application instructions will be provided after an actor is cast in the production.

Who do I contact with other questions?

The Rep will offer a free audition seminar for young actors on January 5 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in The Rep’s Annex located at 518 Main St., Little Rock, AR, 72201. We will cover how to present an effective audition, what to prepare, and be available to answer your questions. You can also email us at with questions.

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