Small opening for Oompa-Loompas in West End Charlie

Oompa Loompas from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Images Matt Crockett
Oompa Loompas from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Images Matt Crockett

For the first time ever, the award-winning West End production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will shortly be holding open auditions for a fresh batch of Oompa Loompas.

Later this month, performers are invited to attend a day of auditions for the iconic roles of the Oompa-Loompas for the 2016-17 company.

Auditions will be held on October 26 at The Dominion Theatre, Tottenham Court Road. Auditions for female performers start at 10am and for male performers at 2pm.

The creative team behind the production is looking for technically strong dancers, highly skilled in a range of styles including ballet, street, hip-hop, disco and tap.

Alongside dance technique, the team will be looking out for performers with bags of personality and excellent facial and character skills.

Oompa Loompas, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

While it will be a dance-only call, strong singing voices will be required for any recalls. Attendees must be aged 18 years or older, eligible to work in the UK and having a playing age of 18 – early 30s.

And, through the magic of theatre, the Oompa-Loompas are taller than youd imagine. Female performers must to be 5’1″-5’8″ and male performers 5’6″ – 6’0″. Performers of all backgrounds and ethnic groups are encouraged to attend.

Auditionees should bring tight fitting dance clothes, ballet shoes, trainers and kneepads as well as a CV and headshot stapled together.

Resident choreographer, Chris Piper, said: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory remains one of the most popular and successful musicals in the West End.

“This is a brilliant opportunity for performers to appear onstage as an Oompa-Loompa, one of Dahl’s most recognisable characters.

“We’re searching for dancers with exceptional technical and performance skills who can embody their cheeky personality and entertain our audiences night after night”.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of the West End’s most popular and successful stage musicals. It won two Olivier awards in 2014 and has broken records at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where it has been seen by more than 1.5 million people since it opened in 2013. It is currently taking bookings until June 2016.

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