Auditions for James and the Giant Peach
Directed by Nicole Atkinson and Carla Leach
AUDITIONS: Auditions will be held July 14th from 10am - 2pm.
You will be assigned a 5 minute audition slot when you sign up. You may choose a preferred time, but they will be given on a first come, first serve basis. If you are out of town, away at college or can otherwise not attend auditions on this date please let us know and we can arrange a Skype or video audition, or an alternate date and time.
If you would like to rent a copy of the script please contact Nicole Atkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE STORY: 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, Pasek & Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, Dogfight, A Christmas Story).
REHEARSALS: Rehearsals will begin mid-August. Rehearsal days and times will be announced soon. 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 can factor into casting so it is important that all conflicts are listed on the audition form.
PERFORMANCES: October 5 - 21. Friday – Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Sunday matinees at 3:00. 9 performances.
AUDITION LOCATION: Eagles Hall, 210 N Corry, Fort Bragg, CA
CASTING: Due to the vocal demands of the role of James, we will consider boys and girls ages from 7 to 15. All other lead roles we are ideally looking for teens to adults but we will consider everyone. Ensemble is 10 and up. Character breakdown is below the audition form.
PARENT'S NOTE: 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 9-10pm. Please keep this in mind when auditioning.
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, Mr. and Mrs. Trotter, and more.