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Auditions for James and the Giant Peach

Plot: When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach... and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James' quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building.

A delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, the creative possibilities with James and the Giant Peach are endless. Actors will love playing the outlandish characters and performing brand new material from one of Broadway's hottest duos.

Note on character ages: Ideally, we would like to find a young boy to play James. But, because of the vocal demands of this role, we will consider boys and girls ages from 7 to 15. All other roles we are looking for teens to adults. Ensemble is 10 and up.

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REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:  For most productions, rehearsals are Monday-Friday from 6:00-8:00pm. The schedule may vary depending on the specific director. Some directors may rehearse some Sundays and Saturdays. Depending on the role, certain actors may not be called for every rehearsal.


CONFLICTS:  Conflicts are allowed up until two weeks before the production opens. Auditionees should bring their schedule with them to auditions and list all conflicts on the audition form. Conflicts cannot be added once an actor is cast, unless it is an emergency. Conflicts can factor into casting so it is important that all conflicts are listed on the audition form. If an actor adds conflicts after rehearsals have begun, it may result in curtailed performance opportunities or dismissal from the production.


TECH WEEK:  Tech week is the Friday-Wednesday before shows open. Actors are required to be at the theatre for all of these rehearsals. Typically these rehearsals will be longer and later than the rest of rehearsals, sometimes going until 10pm. Please keep this in mind when auditioning. 


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Character Breakdown

Ladahlord (25 - 60)

A strange, magical storyteller. Often inserts himself into the story, in disguise, to help push the action forward.

James (7 - 15)

A lonely young boy who lacks confidence. Having lost both his parents in a freak accident, he feels he belongs nowhere in the world. However, when given the right encouragement he becomes resourceful and innovative. A good friend.

Spiker (30 - 60)

James' mean aunt. A thief and a scoundrel. Shrewd and opportunistic. Very tall and thin.

Sponge (30 - 60)

James' other mean aunt. Also a thief and a scoundrel, but not nearly as bright as her sister. Very corpulent, she often has her mind on food.

Spider (16 - 40)

A normal spider who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Her husband was killed and eaten by Spiker and Sponge. She is warm and friendly to James. This actor also plays Woman with Purse and Reporter 1.

Green Grasshopper (16 - 40)

A wizened grasshopper who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. An excellent musician. Has his eye on Ladybug. This actor also plays Man with Wallet and Garden Guild

Centipede (16 - 40)

An ornery centipede who becomes human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Hates humans, in part because Spiker and Sponge fumigated his family. Prickly and rude, everyone thinks he is a pest. This actor also plays Buzz, the Hollywood agent.

Ladybug (16 - 60)

A motherly ladybug who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Respectable and classy, she has a warm, caring heart. Has her eye on Grasshopper. This actor also plays Matron Nurse and Reporter.

Earthworm (16 - 40)

An earthworm who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. A bit of a scaredy-cat. He is neurotic and worried about everything, but is very friendly and brave when called upon. This actor also plays Bobby Cop and Bitzi Botana.

Ensemble (10 and up)

Crowd, Karl Kreatour, Reporters, Vagrants, Garden Guild, Bobby-Cops, Willy Wonka, Oompa Loompas, Hollywood Agents, Seagulls, New Yorkers, Matron Nurse