AUDITIONS: JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

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.

Auditions will be held on:

Monday, February 4, from 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Tuesday, February 5, from 4:00pm – 6:30pm

 

Callbacks will be held on Thursday, February 7 from 4:00pm – 6:30pm
You will be notified by email on Wednesday, February 6 if you will be needed for callbacks.

 

No appointment needed. Actors only need to attend one day of auditions.

 

All auditions and any necessary callbacks will be held at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre.

 

All actors must be between the ages of 8-18.

 

Street parking available.

Venice Family Clinic’s parking lot is available on weekends and on weekdays after 6:00pm. Do not park at our neighbors AAMCO/Viking Motors or SGI or you will be towed.

Prepare 32 bars (verse and chorus) of an uptempo song in the standard broadway musical style with accompaniment on a CD, iPhone, iPad or equivalent.

Please do not sing pop songs, liturgical music, or country western.

In addition, please do not sing “Popular”“Let It Go", or “Good Morning, Baltimore”.

Be prepared to dance.

March 30 – April 14,

Saturdays & Sundays at 11:00am.

PLUS…

Morning School Shows on

Tuesday, April 2nd and Thursday, April 11.

School Shows will require actors to miss their morning classes, but they can receive community service credit. Please note that actors MUST be available for all performances, including School Shows. (2 shows on each day listed).  

This is non-negotiable!

Rehearsals will begin on Monday, February 11 and are held

 

Monday through Friday from 4:00pm to 6:30pm, &

Saturdays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

 

Actors are not called for all rehearsals, only rehearsals where they are being used for a scene.

Rehearsals will be worked around actors' schedules as much as possible, although if you are going to be out of town for 2 full weeks, you will probably not be cast. As always, we consider homework a priority!

  • A picture (a school picture or snapshot is fine).

  • A resume or list of shows done.

  • A list of your conflicts for the rehearsal period.

All conflicts MUST be submitted prior to callbacks. Please check with your school choir/band/theatre director, your soccer/baseball coach, or any other adult who schedules your time, about all conflicts PRIOR to auditioning.  
If additional conflicts arise after casting, it may result in an actor being replaced.

In reference to the character descriptions that follow—most characters we encounter currently are on the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns and you will see that in the following descriptions. But however limiting the descriptions are, our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, genderfluid, transgender and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with.
We will also list race/ethnicity when specific to the character but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicities.

In addition, we will list disability when specific to a character, but are otherwise seeking actors with disabilities as well as non-disabled actors for all roles.

Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or if there are any accommodations we can provide.

We are actively committed to casting an inclusive show that reflects the community.

James

10-13, Vocal range: C4 - G5

A lonely child 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.

Green Grasshopper

13-18, Vocal range: B2 - Gb4

A wizened grasshopper who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. An excellent musician. Has his eye on Ladybug.

Spiker

12-18, Vocal range: F3 - D5

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

Sponge

Vocal range: F3 - D5

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

12-18, Vocal range: E3 - Eb5

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.

Ladybug

12-18, Vocal range: E3 - F5

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.

Ladahlord

13-18, Vocal range: A2 - A4 for changed voices or A3 - A5 for unchanged voices

A strange, magical storyteller who often inserts themselves into the story, in disguise, to help push the action forward.

Centipede

12-18, Vocal range: B2 - G4 for changed voices or B3 - G5 for unchanged voices

An ornery centipede who becomes human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Hates humans, in part because Spiker and Sponge fumigated their family. Prickly and rude, everyone thinks they are a pest.

Earthworm

12-18, Vocal range: C3 - G#4 for changed voices or C4 - G#5 for unchanged voices

An earthworm who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. A bit of a scaredy-cat. They are neurotic and worried about everything, but are very friendly and brave when called upon.

Particularly interested in actors with disabilities/low-vision actors for this role.

Ensemble

9-18, All vocal types

To play a variety of roles including Mr. Trotter and Mrs. Trotter, Matron Nurse, Boardwalk Patrons, Bobby-Cop, Reporters, Hollywood Agents, Sharks, Seagulls, and various other ensemble roles.

Numerous scenes, lines and solos to be distributed among the ensemble.

All must sing and dance well.

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Non-Equity, there is no pay.

Questions? Email the director Anne Gesling at amgesling@yahoo.com.

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