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Auditions: James and the Giant Peach

Friday, September 30, 2016 6:30 PM - Monday, October 3, 2016 8:30 PM


DATES:  October 3rd and 4th

TIME:  6:30pm

PLACE: Withycombe Hall Main Stage


The story of Roald Dahl’s classic tale is faithfully told by James himself and the insect characters – Miss Spider, Old-Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybird, and Earthworm. The play begins at the end of the story, when James and his friends are living in the giant peach stone in Central Park, New York.

A tour guide brings a party of tourists (the audience) to see this major attraction, and James and his friends tell the story of how they came to live in New York and the epic journey across the Atlantic is acted out with live action, puppetry and storytelling.

Please note:  this is not the film version of the story but rather an adaptation for the stage.


NOTE: Double Casting is likely though not certain; and there are many opportunities for support roles as follows:  tourists, visitors, sharks, seagulls, fish, octopus, and New York citizens and puppeteers.

our young hero; from a downtrodden, lonely child, he develops into a brave "captain" of the insect band; he acts as narrator too.

(NOTE:  the following characters MAY BE double cast)

elderly, genial, courteous, avuncular, musical; he helps narrate. Also plays TV REPORTER.
occasionally sharp, even a little sinister, but ultimately kind; her marathon-thread spinning to save the peach is truly heroic. Also plays NEW YORK TOUR GUIDE, RHINOCEROS, FIRST OFFICER.
a sparky, cocky, warm-hearted Jack-the-lad. Also plays MR. TROTTER, AUNT SPIKER, CAPTAIN OF THE QUEEN MARY.
posh though not prissy, pretty though not vain, volatile though level-headed. Also plays MRS. TROTTER, AUNT SPONGE, SECOND OFFICER.
not only blind, but a pessimist, a doom merchant whose standing in the group and whose self-esteem improves, thanks to James. Also plays RHINOCEROS, OLD MAN.


Be prepared to do cold readings from the script as well as physical work in the form of improvisational games.  This will be a non-stressful environment with emphasis placed on your ability to take direction and work collaboratively with fellow actors.

Scripts for James and the Giant Peach will be available for 24-hour check-out after September 5th from the Theatre Arts Main Office in Withycombe 141 during regular business hours (8am-5pm).


Individuals with musical skills including:  play a musical instrument and/or composition and singing experience are strongly encouraged to participate.  Those who play instruments need not also be actors.


Monday thru Thurs:  6:00 - 10:00pm
(not all rehearsals will go as late as 10pm but be prepared for those days when we may require to do so).


Tech rehearsals for James and the Giant Peach will be scheduled the weekend of October 29-30 (actors called at noon each day). Tech/Dress rehearsals will be in the evenings October 31-November 2. Show dates are 3-5 and 12-13. There will be a pick-up rehearsal on November 10th or 11. Please note that there will be two performances on November 12, a matinee and an evening performance. Strike will immediately follow the closing matinee performance on November 13. All actors cast in this production must be available for all tech/dress rehearsals, performances, and strike.

For questions regarding auditions or rehearsals, please contact the director, Tinamarie Ivey at iveyt@linnbenton.edu

Withycombe Hall (campus map)
Main Stage
30th and Campus Way
Tinamarie Ivey
iveyt at linnbenton.edu
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