Upcoming Auditions

Announcing Auditions for…

Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach
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

Auditions for young actors (age 8 – 17) will be held Monday, April 17th beginning at 5:00pm.
Auditions for adult actors (18+) will be held Tuesday, April 18th beginning at 5:00pm .

All auditions will be held at LSU’s Music and Dramatic Arts Building in Room 135.

Rehearsals for James and the Giant Peach will be held Monday through Friday, April 24th – May 31st from 5pm – 8pm each evening.

For auditions, actors are asked to prepare 32 bars of a Broadway standard musical, as well as a 60 second contemporary monologue, preferably comedic.

*Please bring sheet music to your audition – an accompanist will be provided.*

To secure an audition time, please email michael@playmakersbr.org.
In the email, please include you (or your child’s) name and age.

For more information on the do’s and don’ts of auditioning, visit our “About Auditioning” page by clicking here.


Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach

Directed by Michael Guillot
Musical Direction by Lisa Smith

June 2nd-11th, 2017

Performances at The Reilly Theatre on LSU’s Campus

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 WonkaThe 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.

Character Breakdown

**Playmakers is interested in collaborating with actors 8 years of age and older  – of all races, ethnicities, and gender identities. All casting is flexible and is at Playmakers’ discretion.**

Ladahlord

A strange, magical storyteller.
Gender: Male

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: Bb2


James

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.
Gender: Male

Age: 8 to 15
Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: G3


Spiker

James’ mean aunt. A thief and a scoundrel. Shrewd and opportunistic. Very tall and thin.
Gender: Open

 Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: F#3

Sponge

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.
Gender: Open

 Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: F#3

Spider

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.

Gender: Female
Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: G3

Green Grasshopper

A wizened grasshopper who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. An excellent musician. Has his eye on Ladybug.

Gender: Male
Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: C3

Centipede

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.

Gender: Male
Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: C3

Ladybug

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.

Gender: Female
Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: G3

Earthworm

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.

Gender: Male
Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: C2

Ensemble

Crowd, Karl Kreatour, Reporters, Vagrants, Garden Guild, Bobby-Cops, Willy Wonka, Oompa Loompas, Hollywood Agents, Seaugulls, New Yorkers.