Description:

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. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building.

A delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, the creative possibilities with James and the Giant Peach are endless. Actors will love playing the outlandish characters and performing brand new material from one of Broadway's hottest duos.

Dates / Times:

  • Friday, May 18th @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, May 19th @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, May 19th @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, May 20th @ 2:00pm
  • Friday, May 25th @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, May 26th @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, May 26th @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, May 27th @ 2:00pm
Tickets go on sale Sunday March 25, 2018 at 12:00am

Ticket Prices:

* Prices may vary by performance.

The Crighton Theatre:

234 Main Street
Conroe, TX 77301


Show Notes:

Auditions for James and the Giant Peach will be March 9 - 10, 2018.  All students wishing to audition will have to be registered for a Spring 2018 class. 

Note from the director: The artistic team is open to both genders for most roles including James.


Vocal auditions will be on Friday, March 9th beginning at 4pm.
Dance auditions will begin at 10am on March 10th followed by callbacks at 2pm.


Location: Klein United Methodist Church
                      5920 FM 2920
                      Spring, TX 77388
Map


Audition Tips
  • You are limited to one minute for your song and one minute for your monologue. Monologues are optional, but encouraged for those interested in named roles. Show the best of your talents!
  • Introduce yourself with energy and confidence.
  • Smile!
  • Sing an appropriate song in your range – a children’s song or show tune is recommended.
  • Bring an instrumental-only song on ipod, phone, cd, or ipad.
  • On Saturday you will be asked to learn and perform a short dance routine with a group.
  • Locate Audition Packet under Shows Tab and PDF drop box at the top of the page.
Check out our Parent Hub page on the website and join our James and the Giant Peach Facebook page for more information.

Rehearsals are Fridays from 5-9pm and Saturdays from 9-4pm.


Playbill head shots will be taken during CYT classes on Monday and Tuesday, March 5-6. 
March 16-17
March 23-24
NO REHEARSAL for March 30-31
April 6-7
April 13-14
April 20-21
April 27-28
Thursday, May 3rd from 5-8pm (Character portraits)
May 4-5
May 11-12

Parent meetings will be held on Friday, March 16th and May 4th at 7pm.

Tech week:
May 13-17

School Day Shows:
Thursday, May 17th at 9:30am & 11:30am
 
DIRECTOR - Stephen Hurst
CHOREOGRAPHER - Hannah Weaver
VOCAL DIRECTOR - Christina Haynes
INTERN - Christopher St James



Please contact the show coordinator, Crystal St James, with any questions.
crystal@cythouston.org


Characters:

Ladahlord

A true showman! A caricature of Willy Wonka, a Circus Ring Master, and Doc Brown (Back to the Future) all rolled into one. Magic tricks or illusions are a great plus for the actor. The actor must be able to capture and interact with the audience. This role relies heavily on improvisation skills, modern day clowning, movement and agility, pantomime, and strong vocals.

James

Key character definitely the hero of the story. This role may be cast non-traditionally (boy or girl). Must have strong vocals. James is rather complex, has a strong back story and character arc.

Auntie Spiker & Auntie Sponge

Amazing character roles! Though they are the true nemesis for James, they are sisters and find they really do care for (depend on) one another. These roles demand comedic timing, strong chemistry, quick wit, quick contrasts of emotion and thought, and strong vocals especially in the belt range. Note: Theses roles will not necessarily be cast as the stereotypical drawings of Roald Dahl.

The Insects

Lady-bug, Grasshopper, Centipede, Spider, Earthworm: Very strong roles. Must be able to interact well together, some comedic timing, good movement, strong characterization, and strong vocals are key. They all have strong character arcs, deep back-stories, and must eventually come together to establish family and home. Note: A plus if Grasshopper plays the violin (but not necessary). This group may also include the Glow-worm as a bit part (non-speaking) but could be included in the insect vocal numbers. Some of these roles may be cast non-traditionally.

Ensemble

Includes other strong bit parts and places to shine. (i.e., the song ‘Money on that Tree’ with the Garden Club, Reporters, Agents, and, Lawyers.) Plump and Juicy will include puppeteers/kite flyers for the seagulls. Strong dance numbers/scenes include the Opening number- ‘Right Before Your Eyes’, ‘Shake it Up’, ‘A Getaway for Spiker and Sponge’, ‘Plump and Juicy’, just to name a few. Puppetry and Mask may also be strong conventions utilized throughout the show.