Author: by Roald Dahl | adapted by Richard George
Director: David Collins
Enquiries: 0403 575 351
Characters Summary: 3M (12-18, 30-80) 7F (20-30)
NOTE: All ages and genders are flexible!
JAMES HENRY TROTTER
The main character and narrator of the story, James is an orphan who is living with his cruel and abusive aunts, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, after his parents were killed by an escaped rhinoceros. James’s wish is to be happy and to have friends. His dream comes true, in a way, when the Giant Peach grows and he meets a group of giant friendly insects. Throughout the story, James transforms from a sad, lonely, and miserable kid into a positive, optimistic, cheerful, upbeat, friendly, and kind-hearted kid.
Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker are James’s aunts. They are cruel, rude, selfish, lazy, mean, abusive, and just plain evil. Aunt Sponge is enormously fat and obese, while Aunt Spiker is taller, and very thin, bony, and creepily lanky.
Old-Green-Grasshopper is a giant talking grasshopper, and the oldest member of the group.
Miss Spider is a giant talking spider. She is tough and feisty, but she is also kind and decent.
Ladybird is a giant talking ladybug. She is kind, helpful, proper, and very motherly to everyone.
Centipede is a giant talking centipede. She is mischievous, rascally, and a big pest, but is really kind. Her powerful jaws help to break the peach stem to roll the peach away from Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker.
Earthworm is a giant talking earthworm. She is blind, also a pessimist; cranky, whiny, gloomy, and sarcastic, always saying bad things will happen.
Glow-worm is a giant talking glowworm. A shy but bright creature, she provides a nightlight in the hollow peach stone room with her tail.
Silkworm is a giant talking silkworm. She is a shy, quiet, and timid creature.
The remaining characters are smaller roles, only seen in one or scenes, so may be combined. The full list is as follows:
Mr. and Mrs. Trotter are James’s loving and caring mother and father. They only appear in the beginning, and sadly get eaten by an escaped rhinoceros.
The Little Old Man is a friendly yet mysterious wizard. He only appears in one scene, where he gives James a bag of magic crocodile tongues.
Female / Male 30-60
The Captain of a ship known as The Queen Mary. She / He only appears in one scene, when they see the Giant Peach flying in the sky.
FIRST and SCEOND OFFICERS
Female / Male 18-30
The Captain’s first and second mates.
Female / Male 12-60
Parades and crowd activity conclude the play, no lines but probably some random mix of murmuring and calling out.
Precast Characters: None.
Audition Venue: Fleigner Hall
31 Highland Avenue
Oakleigh East VIC 3166
Theatre: Clayton Community Centre Theatrette
9 Cooke Street
Clayton VIC 3168
Company Website: http://www.encoretheatre.com.au/
Synopsis: Join James as he escapes from his horrible aunts and sets off inside the peach on his magical adventures!
A favourite amongst children and adults alike, this dramatization of Roald Dahl's hugely popular book is the perfect family outing these school holidays.
Gift your child the thrill of theatre, and take an adventure into the world of fantasy as we follow James and his new friends – Old Green Grasshopper, Silkworm, Centipede, Spider, Ladybird, Earthworm, and Glow Worm!
A heart-warming tale of freedom and friendship, this show will enchant all ages.
Other Information: All ages and genders are flexible! To preview the script or book an audition, please call David on 0403 575 351 or email email@example.com.