AUDITIONS for 2025 Adelaide Fringe Production


Actors, dancers and singers aged 10-21 years are invited to audition for our

Adelaide Theatre Academy production of


to be presented in the 2025 Adelaide Fringe.



About Theatre Bugs and Adelaide Theatre Academy

Theatre Bugs & Adelaide Theatre Academy is South Australia’s largest performing arts school for children. Throughout the last 25 years more than 20,000 students have benefited from our diverse range of classes, workshops and production activities. We are dedicated to producing high quality stage productions and training in the performing arts for Adelaide’s youth. Our recent productions Oliver!, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and The Wizard of Oz have received critical acclaim and award nominations from the Adelaide Theatre Guide, and the Theatre Association of South Australia.

Roald Dahl’s


About the Show

Roald Dahl’s celebrated tale of Charlie Bucket and the eccentric confectioner, Willy Wonka, was reworked for the stage in 2013 with a new book and score from David Greig, Marc Shaiman, and Scott Wittman.

When young Charlie wins a golden ticket to the mysterious Wonka Chocolate Factory, it’s the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets and chocolates that have always been right under his nose but unaffordable for the Bucket family. Could it also be his family’s route out of poverty? Along with the other winners–Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee, and Augustus Gloop–Charlie is swept inside of the mysterious factory with his Grandpa Joe. Inside, the winners encounter a magical world full of amazement, innovation, sugary treats, and, of course, Oompa-Loompas. But as the winners begin to let their greed and selfish nature’s get the better of them, it seems that everything is not as sweet as it seems. Finally, Charlie is the last child standing–the only child not to have succumbed to the sweet temptations of Willy Wonka’s magical world. His humble, loyal nature has not gone unnoticed by Mr. Wonka, and Charlie’s reward is more than he could ever have dreamed.

The Creative Leadership Team

Co-Director / Co-Choreographer

Georgia Brass


Georgia has undertaken specialist music, drama and dance education for over 20 years. She has performed in a number of variety shows and musicals as a singer, dancer and actor, and has extensive dance experience in multiple genres including: jazz, hip hop, contemporary and Bollywood.

Georgia has experience in teaching middle school Dance and Music, and teaching Drama from Years 7-12, directing many productions across many schools including Seaford Secondary College, Henley High School, Sacred Heart College, St Peter’s College, and currently Loreto College.

She choreographed Adelaide Theatre Academy’s productions of 13 – The Musical and Moana Jr, and directed Adelaide Theatre Academy’s critically acclaimed 2023 Fringe production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Wizard of OZ in 2024.

Georgia graduated with a Bachelor of Education and Arts (Drama specialisation) from Flinders University in 2016. Georgia has recently starred in and assisted in the writing of Adelaide Fringe award winning cabaret show Fountain Lakes: A Very Foxy Parody Musical produced by AK Creative.


Co-Director / Co-Choreographer

Jayden Ayling

Jayden Ayling is a multi-disciplinary creative artist known for his dynamic presence both on and off the stage. As a performer, stage manager, and working creative, Jayden’s passion and dedication infuse every project he undertakes with a unique energy and flair.

Jayden has left his mark on the Adelaide arts scene through his involvement in many shows and productions.  His favourite roles include;  Smee in Peter Pan, and Bert in the award nominated production of Mary Poppins both with Adelaide Theatre Academy, and Nikos in Pelican Production’s Legally Blonde.

Jayden is the Company Director of AK Creative, an arts production company based in Adelaide and spearheads the creation of innovative performances that push boundaries and captivate audiences.

In addition to his achievements within the performing arts, Jayden is a passionate advocate for the continued growth and development of the arts community in Adelaide and beyond. He actively seeks out opportunities to mentor emerging talent, sharing his knowledge and experience to inspire the next generation of artists and creatives.

With a boundless enthusiasm for storytelling and a relentless pursuit of artistic excellence, Jayden hopes to captivate audiences and inspire fellow creatives with each new endeavour.


Musical Director

Samantha Keough

Sammi has previously been an  Assistant Musical Director for Theatre Bug’s productions of Porridge (2019) at the Dunstan Playhouse, and Adelaide Theatre Academy’s critically acclaimed productions of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2023) and Wizard of Oz (2024). We are thrilled to have her return as Musical Director of our 2025 Fringe production. Being a teacher, musical director, business co-owner, band member, writer and musical theatre performer is a challenging juggling act, but only makes Sammi more excited for the next few years to come.  She has been cast in many Adelaide Theatre Academy’s shows such as Patrice in 13: The Musical, Nancy in Oliver!, and Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins which is her favourite role to date. She also played Mary Sunshine in Pelican Production’s Chicago. She is looking forward to playing her dream role of Veronica in Heathers the Musical in September 2024.

At the Adelaide Fringe in 2024, Sammi and co-owner of new business AK Creative Jayden Ayling debuted their original work, Fountain Lakes: A Very Foxy Parody for which was Musical Director musical and played the role of Kath Day-Knight. Through AK creative, Sammi has also begun vocal coaching where she supports students explore their abilities and confidence as an artist.

Sammi is the third member of the local band TONIX, singing on their debut EP When We Are. TONIX has a strong passion for live gigs; some highlights include Space Jams in Inman Valley, Redfest and Big Night out at The Gov, Mt Gambier Fringe Festival, Scouted at The Lab, Lion Arts Factory, Hindley St Music Hall, and many a gig at Unibar In the latter half of 2024, they are touring the East coast and releasing singles from their upcoming album.




Friday August 2, Saturday August 3, and Sunday August 4

(bookings essential – CLICK HERE)


Theatre Bugs Hall,

79 Beulah Rd, Norwood




Please note you are only required to book one audition time for a role in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. If you choose to audition for a lead/minor role, you will automatically be considered for ensemble if you are not offered a character role.

Please only book into an ensemble audition time if you wish to be considered for ensemble only.

A “How to Audition” information pack will be sent to you after you have registered for an audition. Please note that this information pack will be sent to your registered email address on or after Tuesday July 9.




Lead/Minor Roles

Willy Wonka

Charlie Bucket

Grandpa Joe

Mr Salt

Veruca Salt

Mrs Gloop

Augustus Gloop

Mr Beauregarde

Violet Beauregarde

Mrs Teavee

Mike Teavee

Grandma Josephine

Grandma Georgina

Grandpa George

Mrs Bucket

Oompa Loompas




Gum Chompin’ Divas



Rehearsal and Production Commitments

All cast members must be available for the following dates:

Pre-Xmas Rehearsals

  • Sunday December 1, 2024 (9am – 4pm)

First read through and workshop followed by welcome drinks for cast/parents.

Rehearsal week during January 2025 school holidays: (Hungarian Hall, Osmond Tce. Norwood)

  • Sunday January 2 – Thursday January 9 (9am – 4pm)

Rehearsals during Term: Norwood

  • Sunday January 12 (9am – 4pm)
  • Sunday January 19(9am – 4pm)
  • Sunday January 25 (9am – 4pm) Please note – this is a long weekend but you will still be required to attend rehearsal
  • Sunday February 2 (9am – 4pm)
  • Sunday February 9 (9am – 4pm)
  • Sunday February 16 (9am – 4pm)
  • Sunday February 23 (9am – 4pm)

Production Week at the Norwood Concert Hall:

  • Thursday February 27 (Cast 1 from 12pm – 9pm)
  • Friday February 28 (Cast 2 from 9am – 6pm)

Performances Dates:

  • Friday February 28
  • Saturday March 1
  • Sunday March 2

Production Fees

The production fee for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory includes:

  • Over 90 hours of performing arts.
  • The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory show t-shirt.
  • Adelaide Theatre Academy rehearsal bag filled with script, song words, water bottle, treats and stationery items.
  • Costume hire (you will only need to supply basic items such as dance shoes, stockings, undergarments).
  • Welcome drinks and nibbles for parents.
  • An incredible and unforgettable performance.


The production fee for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is:

  • Instalment 1: $265 payable by Friday August 30, 2024
  • Instalment 2: $320 payable by Friday November 8, 2024
    ( a 10% discount is offered to siblings)


Why do youth theatre companies charge a fee to be involved in large scale stage productions?

The fees enable producers to cover the costs of directors, choreographers, professional theatre hire, technical requirements and staffing, costumes, sets and much more. Ticket sales and/or presenter fees alone would not cover the expenses which are necessary to provide the outstanding production experience which comes with performing in a major venue such as the Norwood Concert Hall.


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