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AUDITIONS

James and the Giant Peach
By Roald Dahl

Adapted by David Wood
Directed by Erin E. Dolan & Stephanie Wilbert

Lorain County Community College and Spark Theatre Company announce non-equity auditions for our upcoming collaborative production of James and the Giant Peach. We are seeking 6-18 performers and various production positions for this production. Some actors may play multiple roles and/or be asked to use a British dialect.

How to Audition

Auditions will take place on Sunday, September 19th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm, and Monday, September 20th from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Callbacks, if needed, will be held on Wednesday, September 22 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Click below to sign up for an audition slot.

Actors will be asked to read from the script and to participate in some group improvisational movement exercises, so come prepared to move. You will be asked to wear a mask throughout the audition. Please bring a resume and headshot if possible or be prepared to fill out an audition form and have your photo taken. Plan to stay for at least half an hour. A copy of the script is on reserve at the circulation desk of the LCCC Bass Library for those interested in reading the play.

Available Roles

  • James – Our young hero; from a downtrodden, lonely child he develops into a brave “captain’ of the insect band; he acts as narrator, too.

  • Old-Green-Grasshopper – Elderly, genial, courteous, avuncular, musical (ability to play the violin a plus); he helps narrate.

  • Miss Spider – Occasionally sharp, even a little sinister, but ultimately kind; her marathon thread-spinning to help save the peach is truly heroic.

  • Centipede – A sparky, cocky, warm-hearted Jack-the-lad.

  • Ladybird – Posh though not prissy, pretty though not vain, volatile though level-headed

  • Earthworm – A pessimist, a doom merchant whose standing in the group and whose self-esteem improves no end, thanks to James.

  • Other characters:

    • New York Tour Guide

    • Trotter

    • Rhinoceros

    • Aunt Sponge

    • Aunt Spiker

    • Old Man

    • TV Reporter

    • Captain of the Queen Mary

    • First Officer

    • Second Officer

    • Tourists, Visitors, Sharks, Seagulls, Fishes, Octopus, New York citizens, etc.

 

Spark Theatre Company and LCCC Theatre embrace diversity and inclusion and utilize a non-traditional casting policy. Non-Traditional Casting is a method designed to increase artistic options by expanding casting opportunities for women, actors of color, seniors, and actors with disabilities in roles where race, gender, age or the presence or absence of a disability are not germane. To that end, we encourage all actors to audition, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity or physical ability.

 

Other Production Positions Available:

Those interested in non-performing positions such as run crew, set, lights, costumes, and stage management are encouraged to attend auditions, but may also email LCCC Director of Theatre Jeremy Benjamin at jbenjami@lorainccc.edu to express their interest.

 

Rehearsals

Rehearsals are scheduled around actor availability October-November 2021. Masked and in-personal rehearsals will begin Sunday, October 3, 2021. Rehearsals will be Monday-Thursday from 6:30 – 9:30 pm, with some Sunday afternoon rehearsals from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. All rehearsals will be masked with temperature checks.

 

Performances

Performances will take place on Thursday, November 18 and Friday, November 19 at 7:00 pm, and Saturday, November 20 at 2:00 pm in the Cirigliano Studio Theatre on the campus of Lorain County Community College. There is also the possibility of a student matinee on Wednesday, November 17 at 9:30 am in the Hoke Theatre, also on the LCCC campus. There is a strong likelihood that performances will also be masked.

Spark Theatre Company and Lorain County Community College are committed to creating this project as safely as possible. As such, we are implementing the following:

  • Individual costume fittings with masks and temp checks

  • Temperature and Symptom Checks at all in-person meetings

  • Sanitizing all props, set pieces and frequently touched surfaces after each use

  • Create an agreed upon COVID Code of Conduct with cast and crew that everyone is comfortable with.

 

Questions

Please email any questions to SparkTheatre4Youth@gmail.com or LCCC Director of Theatre Jeremy Benjamin at Jeremy.Benjamin@lorainccc.edu.

“James and the Giant Peach (Wood)” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.  http://www.concordtheatricals.com

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Teaching Artists

​Seeking qualified teaching artists for drama classes at various locations throughout the 2019-20 School year. Please email resume to Rachael at SparkTheatre4Youth@gmail.com 

Designers/Technicians

Spark is always looking to connect with designers, stage managers, and carpenters for its productions. To submit materials, please email Rachael at SparkTheatre4Youth@gmail.com