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James and the Giant Peach

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!

Characters:

JAMES HENRY TROTTER 
Male 12-18 
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 
Male 30-80 

AUNT SPIKER 
Male 30-80 

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 
Female 20-30 
Old-Green-Grasshopper is a giant talking grasshopper, and the oldest member of the group.

MISS SPIDER 
Female 20-30 
Miss Spider is a giant talking spider. She is tough and feisty, but she is also kind and decent.

LADYBIRD 
Female 20-30 
Ladybird is a giant talking ladybug. She is kind, helpful, proper, and very motherly to everyone. 

CENTIPEDE 
Female 20-30 
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 
Female 20-30 
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 
Female 20-30 
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 
Female 20-30 
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 TROTTER 
Male 30-40 

MRS TROTTER 
Female 30-40 
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. 

OLD MAN 
Male 30-40 
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. 

CAPTAIN 
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. 

CROWD 
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 divcollins@gmail.com. 

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Starts
Sunday 29 October, 2017
Ends
Monday 30 October, 2017
Venue
Fleigner Hall
Venue Address
31 Highland Avenue
Location

Victoria, Melbourne

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