A delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, a boy and his insect friends take an amazing journey across the ocean. Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, this is a brand new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic.
Please come prepared with 30 seconds only of an acapella song and present short lines (“sides”) for one character (found under the “Characters and Sides” tab). In addition, there will be a short dance and movement portion.
AACT Jr. – 5-12
AACT Young Performers – 13-18
Minimum age: The actor must be the minimum age on or before the dates of auditions.
Maximum age: The actor can be the maximum age at auditions, and then have a birthday during the rehearsal process, and run of the show. For example, if they are 12 during auditions, and then turn 13 during the rehearsal process, that is acceptable. Once an actor has graduated from High School they are no longer eligible to participate in the Young Performers Programs, even if they are still 18.
*Special Note for the Young Performers Productions – Depending on the show that is being done, the minimum age requirement may change. Occasionally we have need of younger actors in the cast.
What we are looking for:
- Actors that exhibit confidence, even though we know that they are nervous. “Loud and Proud!”
- Actors that will listen to, and follow directions.
- Actors that can remain focused and work well with the group.
How to Audition:
- Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled time to settle and get prepared.
- Actors need to be prepared to present some lines “sides” from the script and sing 30 seconds of any song without accompaniment.
- Once the actor enters the audition room they need to tell us their name. They will announce what song and what character they are presenting. They can present their song and “sides” in any order.
I will be signing “Tomorrow” from Annie or “Happy Birthday” – (then they will sing)
I will be performing the role of “_______________” – (then they will recite)
At that point, the director will give them some suggestions of a different way to present their lines and ask them to present them again. Perhaps they will be asked to be louder or to perform with more emotion, or a different emotion. This is how the director can tell how comfortable they feel with taking direction and adjusting their performance.
After their personal portion, they will wait for the Dance and Movement portion. A small group will be taught a short, simple dance sequence. They will perform this together.
Parents are not allowed to come into the audition area. Please assure them that we WANT them to succeed. We understand that they will be nervous.
It is hard to audition. If they forget a part or need to start over that is perfectly fine. Please, wait patiently, even though we have time slots, you will need to be prepared to wait. We will audition the actors in the order that they are signed up. We will do our best to keep everything on time, but just in case, be patient.
Not everyone who auditions will be able to be in the play, even if you have been in a play before. Not everyone who is in the play will have lead roles. Everyone who even tries is a hero to us, it is scary to audition, and we are proud of all of the kids! Don’t get discouraged if you don’t make it, or get the role you want. Even famous actors don’t get every role they audition for. Just keep on trying. Get involved in theater however you can. There are no small roles to us, even if your child doesn’t have a large speaking part, they will be performing, with their own unique character, personality, and character name. We need everyone to help tell this story.
The best thing you can do to help your child prepare is to help them relax and have fun.
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“Callbacks” is a theater term, meaning, we want to take a second look to determine who is best for each role. We DO NOT actually call you back, you will need to check the posted list to find out if and when you need to be there. Not everyone who is called back gets a role.
The Callback List will be posted here on Tuesday, August 16th by 8:00 pm.
We are so excited to begin this journey with you! Please email Melanie at email@example.com to accept or decline your role.
For all of you in the Company…get your rest this weekend, because you will be taking on at least 3 different characters! The cast list doesn’t show all of them, but you will have that extra fun and responsibility.
The first rehearsal is Monday, August 22 from 4:00-6:00 at the Jan Dempsey Art Center. This is a mandatory rehearsal. Everyone is called to come to rehearsal on Wednesday the 24th from 4:00-6:00 and on Saturday, the 27th from 9:00-12:00.
“James and the Giant Peach Jr. ”
Ladahlord – Jack Crawford
James – Sam Edwards
Ladybug – Olivia Brodbeck
Grasshopper– Edward Pearson
Spider – Maggie Blair
Earthworm – Cooper Mcinnis
Centipede – Abby Bubb
Spiker – Rosie Fain
Sponge – Dalton Ruth Bendinger
Matron Nurse – Logan Kling
Karl Kreatour – Phoebe Henderson
Billy Bobby-Cop – Wyatt Saylor
Bobby Bobby-Cop – Silas Creel
Lucille Van Kooglestein – Evelyn Miller
Jake – Dresden Whitehead
Joe – Andrew Dorsey
Bunny Mackenzie The Third – Chloe Cox
Mr. Trotter & Willie Wonka – Levi Johnson
Mrs. Trotter – Hailey Tran
Ridgley Rapscallion – Spence Alexander
Doreen Driggles – Dottie Hall
Violet Funkschmeller– Cassidy Cox
Chris Cryermouth – Kylie Hill
Passing Woman & Ida Walters – Mary Alice Barley
Bitsy Botana – Julia Barnes
Buzz & Man with Wallet– Kai Johnson
Ivy Claire Beason
PUPPETEERS AND COMPANY
Rhino (Puppeteer) – Julia Barnes & Kylie Hill
Male Spider (Puppeteer) – Spence Alexander
Ladybug (Puppeteer) – Lyla Fain
Grasshopper (Puppeteer) – Chloe Cox
Spider (Puppeteer) – Evelyn Miller
Earthworm (Puppeteer) – Mckenna King
Centipede (Puppeteer) – Ruby Andrzejewski
Show and Rehearsal Dates
- Rehearsals: Monday, Wednesday 4:00-6:00 pm, and Saturday 9:00 am-12:00 pm
- Monday, August 22nd – First rehearsal
- Saturday, August 27th – Mandatory Parent Meeting from 11:15 am-12:00 pm
- September 3rd and 5th – Labor Day weekend – there are NO rehearsals
- October 1st Set Build Day – Rehearsal from 9:00 am-2:00 pm (Pizza Lunch will be provided)
- October 3rd, 4th, 5th – Tech/Dress Rehearsals 4:00-7:00 (You will need to send or bring a dinner for the 5:30 dinner break)
- Performances: October 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 13th, 14th, at 6:30 pm. There is a Matinee on the 8th and 15th at 4:00 pm.
***Please note that we are running for 2 WEEKENDS!!
Mandatory Rehearsals: We will start having mandatory full cast rehearsals every time starting on Monday, September 19th. This means there can be NO CONFLICTS after this point for any rehearsals or shows.
Each family is required to spend at least 3 hours helping with the show. Everyone is required to help “strike the set” after the final show is over. Each actor gets one complimentary (free) ticket, you must pay for all other tickets.
Set Build Day – October 1st
We will need as many parents as possible to help putting the set together that morning.
Rehearsal Attendance Policy
Theater is the ultimate team activity. It is so important that everyone is at their rehearsals. It is impossible to adequately rehearse a scene when some of the cast is missing.
- The actors will not be scheduled to be at every rehearsal for the entire time.
- Your child will need to be at all their scheduled rehearsals.
- We LOVE to celebrate with actors their birthday if it happens to fall on a rehearsal date!
- Please list ALL of conflicts on the Google Form. It MUST be filled out before you audition. If needed you can add any additional conflicts before the Call Back Audition.
- We do take the number of conflicts into account when casting a show.
- Saturday rehearsals are mandatory. For already scheduled school or family obligations, you may be excused from ONE Saturday rehearsal, but it must be listed on your conflict sheet. Any other circumstances need to be approved by the director.
- An absence is considered unexcused if the child must miss rehearsal for any reason other than illness, family emergency or something that is NOT already listed on the conflict calendar.
- After 1 unexcused absence, your child will be dismissed from the show.
- You must contact the Stage Manager prior to rehearsal to be excused for illness or family emergency.
- There may be times that we will need to rehearse at a location other than the Jan Dempsey Art Center. You will be notified in plenty of advance notice if this is necessary.
Please check all schedules, family obligations, dance, sports, school conflicts etc. when listing your conflicts.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Director: Melanie Brown – firstname.lastname@example.org
Performances will be on October 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 13th, and 14th at 6:30 PM. There will also be matinee performances on October 8th and October 15th at 4:00 pm PM.
$10/Adults, $8/ Children, Students, and Seniors.
Ticket information line: (334) 246-1084