AUDITION: James and the Giant Peach Jr.

AUDITION: James and the Giant Peach Jr.
Presented by The Majestic Academy of Dramatic Arts

(Ages 8-13*) *You must be within these ages at the time of audition; proof of age may be required.

Monday, August 12th at 6:00pm
Tuesday, August 13th at 6:00pm
Wednesday, August 14th at 6:00pm

Performance Dates: October 11-13, 2019 



Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek Justin Paul
Based on the book, “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl

Written by the Music & Lyric team behind DEAR EVAN HANSEN and THE GREATEST SHOWMAN and based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach JR. 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.

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way.

The possibilities for creative costuming and puppetry abound, and young actors will love playing the outlandish and larger-than-life human and insect characters.




  • LADAHLORD: 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.
  • JAMES: the hero of our story, on an epic quest to find a family of his own and gain confidence in himself. Cast a young boy with an unchanged voice and someone who has great acting instincts.
  • LADYBUG: immediately takes on a doting, maternal role in James’ life.
  • GRASSHOPPER: the leader of the Insects, is ever the optimist and assumes a paternal role in James’ life.
  • SPIDER: a clever creature who becomes a fun-loving older sister to James.
  • EARTHWORM: 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.
  • 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.
  • SPIKER and SPONGE: the sort of aunts (or monsters) that you fear ever being stuck with. They take James into their home but only 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.
  • ZOO CROWD: Mr. Trotter, Mrs. Trotter, Karl Kreatour and the Zoo Crowd are all part of James’ nightmare.
  • MATRON NURSE: runs the Painswick Orphanage, and you definitely get a sense she hasn’t had a vacation in years.
  • BILLY and BOBBY BOBBY-COP: a perfectly unified pair of cops working for Scotland Yard.
  • VAGRANTS: The Vagrants, including Doreen Driggles, Ridgley Rapscallion, Violet Funkschmeller, and Chris Cryermouth are an ensemble of have-nots to support Spiker and Sponges 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.
  • GARDEN CHORUS: comes to life in “Shake It Up” as Ladahlord mixes a magical potion.
  • REPORTERS: The Reporters, including Ida Walters, are on the scene just as the peach is becoming larger than life.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • FARM ANIMALS, WILLY WONKA, and OOMPA-LOOMPAS are all in harm’s way as the peach outgrows its stem and rolls towards the ocean.
  • 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.
  • CRUISE ENSEMBLE: various vacationers en route to New York with Spiker and Sponge.
  • SHARKS and SEAGULLS: featured in “Plump and Juicy”.
  • 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!


  • REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: (at Majestic Studios) STARTS SAT. 8/17/19
    • MONDAYS and WEDNESDAYS from 6pm-8:30pm (small groups)
    • SATURDAYS from 10:00am-1:30pm (full cast)
  • MANDATORY DRESS REHEARSALS: (at Derry Opera House)
    • MONDAY, OCTOBER 7th from 6:00-9:00pm
    • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8th from 6:00-9:00pm
    • WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9th from 6:00-9:00pm
    • THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10th from 6:00-9:00pm
  • MANDATORY PERFORMANCES: (at Derry Opera House)
    • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11th at 7:00pm / 6:00pm call
    • SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12th at 2:00pm / 1:00pm call
    • SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12th at 7:00pm / 6:00pm call
    • SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13th at 2:00pm / 1:00pm call
      • followed by MANDATORY STRIKE for all cast members (usually about 30 minutes past the end of the final show).


  • You do not need to make an audition appointment, simply show up. We see people in the order they arrive and complete paperwork. To print and fill out the audition form ahead of time please click here: Audition Form 2018-19 – Youth
  • IMPORTANT: If you audition for our production and are cast it is expected you will follow through and do our production; failure to do so may prevent you from being cast in a future show as you will have possibly taken a spot from someone who was not cast. If you are auditioning ONLY for specific roles you may specify that on the audition form and you will only be considered for those roles. If you do not specify we will assume you will accept ANY role offered.
  • There is a $125 production fee associated with this production (if you need financial assistance please fill out our Majestic Theatre Scholarship App Form 18 – this should be done immediately AFTER casting as needing scholarship assistance is NOT a factor in casting). This includes all rehearsal materials for the show, a show t-shirt, and a professionally taken photos from the production.
  • In addition, there is a $75 “Doing Your Part” deposit that you get back once all production support items are completed; Peach DYP
  • Please prepare a musical selection that shows off the character of your voice; please bring sheet music (pianist provided) or a backing track (blu-tooth to our stereo or bring a CD). 
  • Audition may also consist of readings from the script (provided at audition time).


Offices & Rehearsal Studios
880 Page Street
Manchester, NH 03109