Mainstage Production

Mainstage Production.

FCCT Proudly Presents: Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach

 

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 Wonka, The 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.

 

Audition Information

Performances: 

  • Friday November 15, 2019 @ 10a
  • Friday November 15, 2019 @ 7p
  • Saturday November 16, 2019 @ 2p
  • Saturday November 16, 2019 @ 7p
  • Sunday November 17, 2019 @ 2p
What is Required?
This form is required for your audition. Please fill this out prior to your audition on Saturday, August 24, 2019. After choosing an hour time slot, you will be assigned to a 20 minute time slot within that hour, along with 3 or 4 other auditionees, and an email confirmation will be sent by early August.
Please make yourself available for callbacks on Sunday, August 25, 1-4pm. If you are called back, you will sing excerpts from the show and read scenes from the script. Not all roles will be called back. Call backs will be announced online after 6pm on Saturday, August 24.

 

Audition Location
Auditions are located at the Backstage Collective Warehouse: 720 East Vine Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80524

 

Musical Audition
  • For your musical audition, please prepare: two contrasting songs, 16-32 bars in length, in the style of the show. Please bring Sheet music in the appropriate key with cuts marked. Accompanist is provided; no CD tracks or a capella please. Songs from the show are not required, but acceptable. Some singers may be asked to demonstrate their vocal range through basic vocal exercises.
  • You must also prepare a one-minute comedic monologue from a published play. Show character and strong choices with your piece.
  • Bring clothing and shoes for movement for call-backs
For questions about the audition process and roles please contact Karen Christophersen at production@fortcollinschildrenstheatre.org.

 

Background Checks
Fort Collins Children’s Theatre (FCCT) has begun implementing a background check policy, effective May 1, 2019 for all volunteers, cast, and staff 18 years of age and older.
If you are cast, we will require a background check.
Why did we decide to do this?
  • For the safety of children who are entrusted to our organization during their time with us.
  • To provide a way for FCCT to ensure we are hiring employees and obtaining volunteers who have children’s best interest in mind.
  • To abide by guidelines that are already in place at theatre companies all over the country.
 
We are looking for only a few key things when we run your background check:
  • Have you been convicted of any felonies relating to weapons or harming others?
  • Have you been charged with any crime related to inappropriate behavior with children?
 
Peach Character Breakdown:
  • Lalahlord – Strange, magical storyteller, moves action forward
  • James – Lonely orphan boy, lacks confidence, feels he doesn’t belong anywhere. When given the right encouragement he becomes resourceful and innovative. A good friend.
  • Spiker – James’ mean aunt, a thief and scoundrel. Shrewd, tall and thin
  • Sponge – Other mean aunt, also a scoundrel, not as bright, mind often on food.
  • Spider – Normal spider who has become human sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Her husband was killed and eaten by Spiker and Sponge. Warm and friendly to James.
  • Grasshopper – Wizened grasshopper also human-sized. Excellent musician, he has his eye on Ladybug.
  • Ladybug – A motherly human-sized ladybug, respectable and classy with a warm, caring heart. She has her eye on Grasshopper.
  • Earthworm – Human-sized worm who is a bit of a scaredy-cat. He is neurotic and worried about everything, but friendly and brave when called upon.
  • Centipede – An ornery human-sized insect who hates humans, in part because the aunts fumigated his family. Prickly and rude, everyone thinks he is a pest.
  • Ensemble Roles: 16 to 18 folks taking on multiple characters. A few spoken lines, but mostly singing and dancing, included in 10 of the 12 scenes.
  • Crowd – Full ensemble song and dance scenes, (made up of reporters, vagrants, agents, etc.)
  • Matron Nurse – Cares for James in orphanage opening scenes, then will take on other roles
  • Mr/Mrs. Trotter – Nightmare scene of how James became an orphan. May be a mimed/dance scene
  • Rhino – Part of nightmare, could be projection, or puppet, or dancer
  • Karl Kreatour – Crowd character, an agent, a shark
  • Billy and Bobby Cops – part of crowd scenes
  • Vagrants – Part of aunts’ thievery scene – 3 solo parts
  • Garden Guild – Bitsy Botana and her society ladies
  • Reporters – Coming to report on the aunts’ giant peach
  • Hollywood Agents – Like “Buzz” Bringing contracts to make aunts famous for the peach
  • Garden Ensemble – Back up singers /dancers for magic bag scene
  • Ship Cruise Ensemble – On board with the aunts in search of the peach
  • Sharks – circle and attack the peach
  • Seagulls – Are lured to the peach by the juicy earthworm, and attached to lift it away from the sharks
  • New Yorkers – full ensemble, same as crowd, to watch the peach land in New York (includes Lucile VanKooglestein and Bunny MacKenzie III)
Please complete the application to register for auditions: James and The Giant Peach Audition Form.

After you register, consider the Audition Workshop. Buy tickets here: 2019 Audition Workshop.