BSA’s Tween Theatre is open to all children, ages 10–15, in any school system. Must be 10 years-of-age by January 2, 2019, and no older than 15 years-of-age by March 10, 2019.
Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit.
Roald Dahl’s JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH is now a musical for the whole family to enjoy! Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by the Tony Award-nominated team of Pasek and Paul (DOGFIGHT and A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL) and a curiously quirky book by Timothy Allen McDonald (Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA, THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY), critics rave: JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH is a “masterpeach!”
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.
Ladahlord, m: A strange, magical storyteller. Often inserts himself into the story, in disguise, to help push the action forward.
James, m: 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, F: James’ mean aunt. A thief and a scoundrel. Shrewd and opportunistic. Very tall and thin.
Sponge, f: 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, f: 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.
Green Grasshopper, m: A wizened grasshopper who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. An excellent musician. Has his eye on Ladybug.
Centipede, f or m: 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.
Ladybug, f: 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.
Earthworm, f or m: 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.
Ensemble, M or F: Crowd, Karl Kreatour, Reporters, Vagrants, Garden Guild, Bobby-Cops, Willy Wonka, Oompa Loompas, Hollywood Agents, Seagulls, New Yorkers.
Please prepare a one-minute monologue and 16–32 bars of a song of your choice in the style of the show (Contemporary Broadway in rock or jazz style). Bring the audio file with NO background vocals on your phone or iPad. An auxiliary speaker will be provided.
Bring all rehearsal/performance conflicts with you to be turned in when you audition.
You only need to attend one of the two evenings.
JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH is being presented March 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10, 2019. It is being directed by Dwayne Arnold, Clyde. Music Director is Michael Sooy, Old Fort. It is sponsored by Cornerstone Counseling.
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