AUDITIONS

James & the Giant Peach Jr

Instead of chopping down the old fruit tree like his aunties asked, James discovers a magic potion that makes an old peach grow to an enormous size. After finding a door to climb inside, James meets a group of outrageous oversized insects who’ve made the peach their home. James and his newfound friends decide it’s time to leave the aunties, and we follow them as they roll their peach into the ocean and embark on a fantastic voyage that lands them on top of the Empire State Building.

Based on Roald Dahl’s beloved book and featuring music by Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award-winning songwriting team Pasek and Paul behind Dear Evan Hansen, Dogfight, and La La Land, this family musical takes you on an amazing voyage across the ocean.

Show Dates:

June 2020

Audition Dates:

Thursday, January 9 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Sunday, January 12 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Location:

All Saints’ Anglican Church
330 City Hall Square W, Windsor

Audition Preparation:

Open to ages 10-16.

To book your audition time, email info@actwindsor.com

CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS:

LADAHLORD: Ladahlord is a mysterious character who seems to have a hand in the magical things that are happening. Though he may seem a bit off, he carefully watches over James, making sure James moves towards to a better life. Ladahlord also serves as a guiding narrator throughout the story. This is a perfect role for a charismatic young actor who can sing and dance well. Vocal Range: G3 – Gb5.

JAMES: James is the hero of our story on an epic quest to find a family of his own and gain confidence in himself. This performer should be a young boy with an unchanged voice and someone who has great acting instincts. He must be able to win over an audience and be very comfortable being onstage. Vocal Range: G#3 – E5.

LADYBUG: Ladybug immediately takes on a doting, maternal role in James life. This is a fantastic role for a performer with a great singing voice and a regal demeanor. Vocal Range: A3 – D5.

GRASSHOPPER: Grasshopper, the leader of the Insects, is ever the optimist and assumes a paternal role in James life. This performer must be able to sing and act well, but foremost must have a warm, inviting presence. Vocal Range: A3 – F#5.

SPIDER: Spider is a clever creature who becomes a fun-loving older sister to James. She must have a spunky personality and a great voice.
Vocal Range: B3 – C5.

EARTHWORM: Earthworm is a gentle spirit, although he can be a bit of a coward. Luckily, he gains enough courage to save the day by baiting some gullible seagulls. Earthworm looks at James as a brother figure. The actor playing this role must be someone who isn’t afraid of being a little outlandish. Vocal Range: B3 – A5.

CENTIPEDE: Centipede may be a bit of grouch, but he is ever-loyal to the pack, and by the end of the story, he’s won over by James. James sees Centipede as that cranky uncle with a heart of gold. Centipede should have a good singing voice, and be able to make strong, specific acting choices. Vocal Range: G3 – F#5.

SPIKER AND SPONGE: Spiker and Sponge are the sort of aunts (or monsters) that you fear ever being stuck with. They take James into their home, butonly so that he can be their own personal servant. Spiker is the brains of the operation, and Sponge is more concerned with finding something to eat. These are great character roles for two young performers who are fantastic singers and actors. Vocal Range: F3 – E5.

ZOO CROWD: Mr. Trotter, Mrs. Trotter, Karl Kreatour and the Zoo Crowd are all part of James nightmare. These are featured roles that will also be tracked throughout the rest of the ensemble for the show.

MATRON NURSE: The Matron Nurse runs the Painswick Orphanage, and you definitely get a sense she hasn’t had a vacation in years. This actress must be able to command a room. This is a featured role that will also be tracked throughout the rest of the ensemble for the show.

BILLY AND BOBBY BOBBY-COP: Billy and Bobby Bobby-Cop are a perfectly unified pair of cops working for Scotland Yard. This is fun cameo role for two performers who work well together. These are featured roles that will also be tracked throughout the rest of the ensemble for the show.

VAGRANTS: The Vagrants, including Doreen Driggles, Ridgley Rapscallion, Violet Funkschmeller, and Chris Cryermouth, are an ensemble of have-nots to support Spiker and Sponge’s treacherous plans. These ensemble roles are important for making up the world of the musical. The Passing Man, Man (with wallet) and Passing Woman all have featured moments where they fall victim to Spiker and Sponge. These are featured roles that will also be tracked throughout the rest of the ensemble for the show.

GARDEN CHORUS: The Garden Chorus comes to life in “Shake It Up” as Ladahlord mixes a magical potion. These are featured roles that will also be tracked throughout the rest of the ensemble for the show.

REPORTERS: The Reporters, including Ida Walters, are on the scene just as the peach is becoming larger than life. These are featured roles that will also be tracked throughout the rest of the ensemble for the show.

LADIES: Bitsy Botana and the rest of the Ladies Garden Guild are in flowery frocks and hats, intent on having Spiker and Sponge give the keynote speech at their conference. These are featured roles that will also be tracked throughout the rest of the ensemble for the show.

HOLLYWOOD AGENTS: The Hollywood Agents, led by Buzz, jump in on the success of the growing peach with movie and Broadway deals for Spiker and Sponge.These are featured roles that will also be tracked throughout the rest of the ensemble for the show.

FARM ANIMALS, WILLY WONKA, and OOMPA-LOOMPAS: Farm Animals, Willy Wonka and Oompa-Loompas are all in harm’s way as the peach outgrows its stem and rolls towards the ocean. These are very fun cameo roles for performers with personality. These are featured roles that will also be tracked throughout the rest of the ensemble for the show.

ANGRY CROWD: The Angry Crowd is in search of the amazing giant peach, but they quickly turn into an angry mob when the peach is nowhere to be found. These are featured roles that will also be tracked throughout the rest of the ensemble for the show.

CRUISE ENSEMBLE: The Cruise Ensemble are various vacationers en route to New York with Spiker and Sponge. These are featured roles that will also be tracked throughout the rest of the ensemble for the show.

SHARKS and SEAGULLS: The Sharks and Seagulls are featured in Plump and Juicy. These performers should be strong movers and dancers. These are featured roles that will also be tracked throughout the rest of the ensemble for the show.

NEW YORKERS: New Yorkers, including the Screaming Women, Lucille Van Kooglestein, Bunny Mackenzie The Third, Jake and Joe, all witness the peach land directly on the Empire State Building and are sent into a panic! These are featured roles that will also be tracked throughout the rest of the ensemble for the show.