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Helen Hocker Theater

Saturday, August 3, 2024
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
4 Performers

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS – coming soon!


SYNOPSIS

The framework of this spine tingler is unusual: a lawyer hires an actor to tutor him in recounting to family and friends a story that has long troubled him concerning events that transpired when he attended the funeral of an elderly recluse. There he caught sight of the woman in black, the mere mention of whom terrifies the locals, for she is a specter who haunts the neighborhood where her illegitimate child was accidentally killed. Anyone who sees her suffers a terrible tragedy! The lawyer has invited some friends to watch as he and the actor recreate the events of that dark and stormy night. A classic of the genre.

Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy

Saturday, August 17, 2024
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
Flexible size cast with multiple roles for male and female youth ages 6 – 18 years 

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

Willy Wonka:  The enigmatic and eccentric owner of the world-famous Wonka Chocolate Factory. Willy Wonka is a reclusive and imaginative genius known for creating the most extraordinary candies and confections. He is both charismatic and unpredictable, leading the five Golden Ticket winners on a magical tour through his factory.

Charlie Bucket:  The earnest and kind-hearted young protagonist of the story. Charlie comes from a poor family but dreams of a better life. He is selfless, compassionate, and possesses an unwavering moral compass. Charlie’s integrity and pure heart lead him to be the final Golden Ticket winner.

Augustus Gloop:  A gluttonous, overweight child who finds one of the Golden Tickets. Augustus is known for his insatiable appetite, and his love for food often leads him into trouble.

Lead Oompa Loompas: Oompa Loompa soloists

Veruca Salt:  A spoiled and bratty young girl who also discovers a Golden Ticket. Veruca is used to getting anything she wants and throws tantrums when she doesn’t.

Violet Beauregarde:  A competitive and gum-obsessed girl who is among the Golden Ticket winners. Violet is a world-champion gum chewer and boasts of her accomplishments.

Mike Teavee:  A technology-obsessed boy who secures one of the Golden Tickets. Mike is obsessed with television, video games, and gadgets.

Grandpa Joe:  Charlie’s kind-hearted and supportive grandfather. Grandpa Joe is full of life and adventure, and he is Charlie’s companion on the tour of the chocolate factory.

The Bucket Family:  This includes Charlie’s caring mother and his other three grandparents: Grandpa George, Grandma Georgina, and Grandma Josephine. They live in poverty but remain a close-knit and loving family.

Mr. Beauregarde:  Violet’s father, who is just as competitive and boastful as his daughter. He is obsessed with her success and is eager to capitalize on her newfound fame.

Mr. Salt:  Veruca’s affluent father, who indulges her every whim and showers her with expensive gifts. He believes that money can solve any problem.

Mrs. Gloop:  Augustus Gloop’s Mother, who is constantly trying to satisfy their son’s insatiable appetite.

Mrs. Teavee:  Mike Teavee’s mother, who struggles to connect with her son due to his obsession with technology.

Mrs. Green:  The poor, second-hand vegetable salesman who Charlie buys the only food his family can afford from. While the kind woman cares about Charlie and his family, her priority is making a living.

Phineous Trout:  Wacky Reporter

ENSEMBLE:  Reporters, Oompa Loompas, Squirrels, Bavarians, Cheer Squad, Back-Up Dancers, and a slew of other featured characters.


SYNOPSIS

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. 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, but 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.

Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy

Saturday, September 7, 2024
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
3 Men and 4 Women

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS – coming soon!


SYNOPSIS
Cut off from the outside world by its remote location and shunned by all who know its forbidding and sinister reputation, Hill House has remained empty and silent except for the daily visits of its grumbling caretaker, Mrs. Dudley. Its isolation is broken by the arrival of Dr. Montague, an investigator of supernatural phenomena who has been granted a short lease by the present owner. His mission is to delve into the morbid history of the house and to come to grips with the occult forces that have made it uninhabitable for many years. He is joined by three others, all unacquainted, but all having their particular reasons for accepting Dr. Montague’s invitation to share his Hill House sojourn. Their visit begins with jovial informality, but their sensibilities are soon jolted by strange and eerie occurrences. As they struggle to disguise their mounting fears they are joined by Dr. Montague’s wife and a friend, who have come to Hill House for purposes of their own. They too are absorbed by the supernatural, but their approach is via direct communication with the departed spirits—a type of psychic research which is regarded fearfully by Dr. Montague and which, as subsequent events bear out, brings on a crisis in which the evil forces of Hill House are goaded to a new and, for one of those present, fatal fury.

Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy

Saturday, October 12, 2024
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
Multiple roles for male and female youth ages 6 – 18 years 

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS – coming soon!


SYNOPSIS

It’s unusual for a modern work to become a classic so quickly, but Tolkien’s “ring” stories, which began with The Hobbit, clearly are in this very special category. They stir the imagination and intellect of everyone they touch. Bilbo, one of the most conservative of all Hobbits, is asked to leave his large, roomy and very dry home in the ground in order to set off as chief robber in an attempt to recover an important treasure. It’s the last thing that any sensitive Hobbit would want to do, but great benefit eventually results—not only for Bilbo but for all of the Hobbits who inhabit Middle Earth—and the hearts of those children and adults who continue to enjoy this kind of magic.

Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy

Saturday, October 19, 2024
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
3 Men and 5 Women 

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS – coming soon!


SYNOPSIS
It is December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous.

Helen Hocker Theater

Monday, October 21, 2024
6:00 – 9:00 PM

Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
Multiple roles for male and female youth ages 10 – 13 years

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS 
TBA

SYNOPSIS
One of the all-time hit songs for children comes to life on stage. It tells the tale of a rascally snowman, Frosty, who comes to life one day, and of his funny escapades with a bustling, nearsighted policeman before he melts away.

Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy

Saturday, November 2, 2024
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
Flexible size cast with multiple roles for male and female adults 

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS – coming soon!


SYNOPSIS

The Case of the Nicked Naughty List
A new Christmas play
by Shannon J. Reilly

Meet Charlie Jingle, P.E. (Private Elf). He’s having a rough Christmas. It’s hard enough to be one of Santa’s elves, but if you’re the only film noir detective in the North Pole, it can be a lonely place. But when Santa’s assistant, Holly Mistletoe, comes to Charlie’s office with the news that someone has stolen Santa’s Naughty List, he springs into action! With his cousin, pint-sized, Pixie Sticks, at his side, Charlie is off to save Christmas. Just don’t offer him an oatmeal and raisin cookie along the way. An original new Christmas comedy for the whole family.

HOW TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION
SCHEDULE AN AUDITION AT TCT
Email or Call the Box Office at 785.357.5211
Tuesday – Friday: 10 AM – 6 PM.
SCHEDULE AN AUDITION AT HHT

Email Kari Johnson or call 785.251.5990
Monday – Friday 10 AM – 5 PM.

Upcoming Auditions

ROLES
4 Men and 3 Women

TOPEKA CIVIC THEATRE & ACADEMY
Saturday, November 30, 2024
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
3 Men and 3 Women

HELEN HOCKER THEATER
Saturday, December 7, 2024
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
Multiple roles for men and women

TOPEKA CIVIC THEATRE & ACADEMY
Saturday, January 4, 2025
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
Multiple roles for youth males and females ages 6 – 18 years

TOPEKA CIVIC THEATRE & ACADEMY
Saturday, January 4, 2025
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
Multiple roles for youth males and females ages 6 – 18 years

HELEN HOCKER THEATER
Saturday, January 18, 2025
12:00 – 4:00 PM
Callbacks immediately following

ROLES
Multiple roles for youth males and females ages 6 – 18 years

TOPEKA CIVIC THEATRE & ACADEMY
Saturday, February 15, 2025
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Callbacks immediately following

Topeka Civic Theatre is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. We will consider all races, ethnicities, body types, and gender identities when casting roles in production. We will remain respectful to the parameters of the script and the vision of the playwright.

Additional Audition Information

WHAT TO EXPECT
Those auditioning will be asked to read scenes in small groups. You will not need to have anything memorized and you will be allotted time to gain familiarity with the lines with your group/partner prior.
WHAT TO BRING

  • A Pencil
  • Music for Pianist (Musicals only)
  • Your Calendar of Availability – You will be asked to provide your availability and indicate any conflicts with the scheduled rehearsals at auditions
  • A Collaborative Attitude – Auditioning can be a vulnerable experience, bringing an exploratory and lively attitude allows the other cast members and production team to guide and support you through your audition.
  • Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes!

MUSICALS
Please come prepared with a song (16 measures or more). It is preferred that you sing a song from the show. An accompanist will be provided for auditions. Your audition will also contain choreography; you will be allotted time to learn and then perform a short dance routine with a small group

CHECK OUT A SCRIPT
If you are interested in auditioning for a production, you’re encouraged to preview its script beforehand. Scripts are available two to four weeks prior to auditions through the Box Office. Scripts may be checked out for three business days. A refundable fee of $10 is required for HHT or $25 for TCT. If the script is returned after 5 PM on the third business day, the deposit will be considered payment and is nonrefundable. Scripts returned on schedule will have their deposit refunded.