Pleasure Guild of Nationwide Childrens Hospital Call for Willy Wonka Auditions, Now through November 10

September 23, 2014

To support central Ohio’s only pediatric hospice and palliative care program, Pleasure Guild of Nationwide Children’s Hospital will present Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Feb. 27-28 and March 1, 2015 at Columbus’ historic Palace Theatre, located at 34 W. Broad St. The annual family-friendly, high-quality production benefits children for whom a cure is beyond reach.

With more than 20 years of performances at the Palace Theatre, Willy Wonka is Pleasure Guild’s 58th production. The annual play is Pleasure Guild’s feature fund-raising event. Pleasure Guild members presented a check totaling over $255,000 to the hospital in 2013. Since the organization’s inception, Pleasure Guild has contributed more than $4 million to Nationwide Children’s.

“The work being done by the Hospice and Palliative Care programs at Nationwide Children’s changes lives. It transcends the walls of the hospital and lands in people’s homes,” Pleasure Guild President Michelle Montgomery said. “They touch all areas of their patient’s families' lives – logistical, medical, emotional and spiritual. They are there for families in countless, concrete ways, when families need them most. We are delighted for the opportunity to help support them for another year."

Pleasure Guild is inviting all actors ages 8 and up to audition. 2014 Audition Dates and Times:

9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22
9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 23
6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 6, Callbacks (if called)

Visit to register by November 10. Walk-in auditions will not be accepted.
Willy Wonka is a great opportunity for young and experienced actors to perform at the historic Palace Theatre. Past cast members have enjoyed the chance to be part of a professionally-directed play and work with an amazing cast.

Tickets go on sale starting Dec. 1 at the CAPA Ticket Office or

Performance Schedule:
•    Friday, February 27 at 7 p.m.
•    Saturday, February 28 at 2 p.m.
•    Saturday, February 28 at 7 p.m.
•    Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m.

For more information about Pleasure Guild or to make a donation to support Hospice and Palliative Care, please visit

About Hospice & Palliative Care
Nationwide Children’s Hospice was established in 1995 and has served hundreds of children, select adults and their families. Nationwide Children’s Hospice is the only hospice program in Central Ohio that is focused exclusively on meeting the special needs of the pediatric population. The program takes care of children for whom a cure is beyond reach. The Palliative Care Program at Nationwide Children’s expands the caring and compassionate services currently provided by the hospice team, and serves families earlier on their journey. The program focuses on the quality of life of both the patient and their entire family fulfilling the Family-Centered Care model pioneered by Nationwide Children’s Hospital and now the standard of pediatric care.

About Pleasure Guild
Pleasure Guild is the oldest woman’s auxiliary of Nationwide Children's Hospital, dating back to 1908. The organization is dedicated to raising funds, more than $200,000 annually, for central Ohio’s only pediatric hospice and palliative care program.  

Contact: Alexandra Pendery
(614) 570-6153

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.6 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at