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James and the Giant Peach Jr. Auditions

ROALD DAHL’s JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, JR.
Words and Music by BENJ PASEK and JUSTIN PAUL
Book by TIMOTHY ALLEN McDONALD
Based on the Book “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl

Directed by Tyler Daddario
Choreographed by Katie Kiessling
Asst. Directed by Lauren Fazenbaker
Stage Managed by Domonic Barnes
Production Managed by Jason D. Smith

Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, Jr. is a musical for the whole family to enjoy! 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. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by the Tony Award-winning team of Pasek and Paul (Dear Evan Hansen & The Greatest Showman) critics rave: James and the Giant Peach is a “masterpeach!”

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH JR. is presented through special arrangements with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com


AUDITION DATES:
Monday, December 10th, 2018 – 6 pm – 9 pm (by appointment)
Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 – 6 pm – 9 pm (by appointment)
(Walk-ins will be accepted and seen between appointments.)

CALLBACK DATES: 
Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 – 6 pm – 10 pm (if necessary)

PERFORMANCE DATES:
Friday, March 29th. 2019 – 8 pm
Saturday, March 30th, 2019 – 2 pm & 8 pm
Sunday, March 31st, 2019 – 3 pm

The Levoy Theatre, Home of The Off Broad Street Players Theatre Company, announces auditions for the second show in our 2019 Broadway season, ROALD DAHL’s JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, JR. Join us at The Levoy Theatre on Monday, December 10th, 2018 from 6 pm – 9 pm or Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 from 6 pm – 9 pm for auditions. The Levoy Theatre is located on 130 N. High St., Millville, NJ.

Please be prepared with 16-32 bars of a song of your choice in the style of the show. A contemporary Broadway song in rock or jazz style would be appropriate. Please do NOT sing a song from ROALD DAHL’s JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, JR. An accompanist will be provided. Please provide piano sheet music for our accompanist. If needed, you can also bring an audio file with NO background vocals on an iPod or phone. An auxiliary speaker will be provided. NO acappella auditions will be allowed. You may be asked to sing scales by our accompanist.

Be prepared to fill out a conflict sheet at auditions (be as specific as possible about conflicts.) Please make sure you can fully commit to the rehearsal and performance schedules before auditioning.

Please use the provided link to schedule an audition appointment:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0E4FABAC23A4FC1-james

Walk-ins will be seen between appointments. This is a non-equity, non-paid production. All roles are available.

Rehearsals will begin in January 2019. Rehearsals will typically be held on Sundays from 2 pm- 6 pm, Mondays from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm, Wednesdays from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm, and Saturdays in the morning. Rehearsals may be held on other days of the week as needed. Tech week will run from Saturday, March 23rd through Thursday. March 28th, 2019. No absences will be accepted during tech week or performances. Rehearsals will be scheduled to suit cast availability. Not all performers will be asked to attend all rehearsals.

Please note, this is an all-kids production! Therefore, all auditioners should be between the ages of 7 and 18.

If you have any questions, please email production@levoy.net or call Tyler Daddario at 856-327-6400, ext. 108.


CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

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.