Summer 2018

Let our imagination begin…

Welcome to the first step in joining us on a magical journey to make the world of Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory come alive.  This is an exciting show and we look forward to seeing each and every one of you on May 6th and 7th.

Song Audition:  Anticipating a larger than normal auditions, we have given each auditionee a choice of three songs to sing depending on what path you would like to take for auditions.

Please be assured that no matter which song you choose, you may be placed in a lead role.  Singing the Oompa Loompa song will not restrict you to a chorus only role.  We just want those less experienced to have a song from the show that they would easily be able to follow and learn!

Character Breakdown: Adult Character Breakdown,Children Character Breakdown

Dance Call Backs:  Please come ready to do a short dance.  We are fine with you wearing dance audition attire for the singing part of the audition.  Some people will be asked to stay for a dance call backs after each night.  Please be prepared to stay.  If you are not asked for a dance call back don’t be alarmed.

Call Backs: Wednesday May 9, 2018 Starting at 6pm at Comstock Colt Center: Call back list will be posted on Facebook and here on the web site Tuesday May 8.  If you receive a call back, a packet will be available here.  It will include a call back specific song and some scene work. Final Cast list will be posted on our facebook page and website by Friday May 11, 2018.

Audition Packet:  In the next few weeks an audition packet will be posted here that you may prefill and have ready when you arrive.  We encourage everyone to complete this packet before arriving for auditions.  If you are unable to print the packet come a little early and we will have one for you to fill out.

Rehearsals: Rehearsals begin May 14, 2018.  The time of rehearsals are Monday-Friday 6:30-9:30. Everyone will not be called every night until after school releases and children chorus are released at 8:00 pm until school is dismissed in June.  Charlie, Veruca, Augustus, Mike and Violet will be asked to remain at rehearsal when needed.  We are unable to accommodate early release for lead children except under certain exceptions.  Please see the director if this is a problem.  Rehearsals are located at Millwood Methodist Church 3919 Portage Street Kalamazoo, MI 49001 until we move to Comstock Auditorium on July 2, 2018.

Fee and Expectations:  There is a $25.00 participation fee for all cast members.  We do have scholarships for those that need help and we will work with EVERY family to ensure that the participation fee is not a burden or a  deterrent for auditioning.  We also ask that each child has one adult volunteer as a parent monitor on one night during rehearsals.  Although these are the only requirements- Center Stage Theatre runs on volunteers and there will be plenty to do to make this show come alive and we thank EVERYONE in advance for volunteering and becoming part of the Center Stage Theatre Family!

Shows: July 13 at 7:30, July 14 at 7:30, July 15 at 2:00, July 20 at 7:30, July 21 at 2:00 and 7:30, July 22 at 2:00

This is going to be a fun filled summer.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the director at

 “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams” -Willy Wonka

See you in May!!






Willy Wonka Auditions


May 6, 2018 4:30 Children 6-12, 6:30 Adults over 13

May 7, 2018 Everyone at 6:00


Comstock Colt Center 2107 N. 26th Street Kalamazoo, MI

More Information:

Adults and Children will be singing a designated song from Willy Wonka.

Music and cut will be available April 1, 2108