James and the Giant Peach

WHERE: Utah Children's Theatre STUDIOS: 3601 S State Street SLC, UT 84115 (Building to the north of the main theatre)

WHEN: Saturday, February 23rd between 9am and 12pm (please sign up for an audition time)

WHAT to BRING: Please make sure to bring a headshot and resume to the audition

PREPARE: Please memorize one cut of a James and the Giant Peach song found on the uctheatre.org/auditions website

WHO: Men age 10 & up; Women age 16 & up

CALLBACKS: Will be held by invitation the following Monday in the evening.


Stipend available for actors 18+.


Please fill out an audition form found below. This electronic form will be used by the Director and Stage Manger when you arrive for your reserved audition timeframe.


Any questions, email auditions@uctheatre.org

Audition Song Information

For these auditions, we ask that each participant memorize one song cut from the list below. Please do not bring your own song from another musical. Songs will be performed with a prerecorded James and the Giant Peach instrumental track.

All songs can be found here: James and the Giant Peach UCT Audition Playlist

Please learn the time stamp song cut provided below.

James: "On Your Way Home" begin 00:42 end 01:34

Ladahlord: "Right Before Your Eyes" begin 00:00 end 01:00

Aunt Spiker/Aunt Sponge: "I Got You" begin 00:09 end 1:03

Earthworm: "Plump and Juicy" begin 02:35 end 03:39 (The chorus comes in during this section. Please focus on the lines between the chorus in your audition)

Centipede: "Welcome Home" begin 00:00 end 00:46 (This has multiple solos linked together. Please sing all of them as your audition.)

Ladybug: "Everywhere That You Are" begin 00:00 end 00:53

Grasshopper: "Floatin' Along" begin 00:16 end 01:17

Spider: "On Your Way Home Reprise" begin 00:00 end 00:58 (Although this is a James song, please sing this as the Spider audition)

Character Descriptions:

James (age 10 to 20s): The protagonist of the story. James is a young, orphaned boy who dreams of a family away from his evil aunts. He is very brave, kind and gentle. Vocal range bottom C4; top G5.

Ladahlord (age 18 to 60s): The mysterious narrator of the story. Ladahlord gives James the magic which turns all the bugs human size and the peach enormous. Vocal range bottom A2; top A4.

Aunt Spiker (age 25 to 60s): One of James' aunts and one of the main antagonists. Aunt Spiker is taller and thin. She, with her sister, often steal from and trick those around them. Vocal range bottom F3; top D5.

Aunt Sponge (age 25 to 60s): One of James' aunts and one of the main antagonists. Aunt Sponge is not as bright as her sister, but just as wicked. She is often looking for food and is known to eat bugs. Vocal range bottom F3; top D5.

Earthworm (age 17 to 40s): A regular earthworm who was magically transformed by Ladahlord and James. He is very frightened of most things, but is also a true friend to James. Vocal range bottom C3; top G#4.

Centipede (age 17 to 40s): A regular centipede who was magically transformed by Ladahlord and James. He is negative and a bit selfish, but deep down he cares about James and the other bugs. Vocal range bottom B2; top G4.

Grasshopper (age 20s to 50s): A regular grasshopper who was magically transformed by Ladahlord and James. He is the leader of the bugs and always looking for adventure. Grasshopper takes on the role as James' father figure as well and is in love with Ladybug. Vocal range bottom B2; top Gb4.

Ladybug (age 20s to 50s): A regular ladybug who was magically transformed by Ladahlord and James. She is very motherly and kind to James and the bugs. Ladybug takes on the role as James' motherly figure as well and is in love with Grasshopper. Vocal range bottom E3; top F5.

Spider (age 17 to 40s): A regular black widow spider who was magically transformed by Ladahlord and James. She is brasher than Ladybug towards the other bugs, but still warm and kind to James. Her husband was eaten by Aunt Sponge. Vocal range bottom E3; top Eb5.

Audition Song Lyrics

James: On Your Way Home

What is it like looking down on the beach?

Sailing through sky out of everyone's reach

Suddenly free like a leaf playing tag with the breeze

On your way home

On your way home

And when you get there is it perfect?

And when you get there is a family waiting for you?

I close my eyes and see them laughing, telling jokes, playing games, all of it true

How would they feel if your friend James came along, too?


Ladahlord: Right Before Your Eyes

Come with me to see something strange unfold

Hear the weirdest tale that was ever told

From this rare depiction

Some will swear it's fiction

Yet, each peculiar twist that I tell is true

And you shall see it in plain view

Right before your eyes

Marvel, as magic is on display

Right before your eyes

All might seem tragic, but then it's okay

Poof, a new surprise

Right before your eyes


Aunt Spiker/Aunt Sponge: I Got You

You thought you could ride

On the fruits of your dreams

But you couldn’t

So what?

You thought life would glide

Just like peaches and creams

But it wouldn’t

Who cares?

No paparazzi ask you to pose

You want a new yacht?

Ya can’t buy one of those

That’s the way your new life goes

But in the end

You still got your best friends

And I got You!

You!

You!

You!

You!

Who can replace

That Frankenstein face?

You know that it’s true

I got you!


Earthworm: Plump and Juicy

The flavor it cannot be matched

Come savor it, no strings attached

Come on before it’s gone!

(Spoken)

Come and get it seagulls!

This should be illegal!

(Sung)

Bootylicious

Que Bonita

Your Papacita’s

Plump and Juicy

(Spoken)

Ven conmigo, Mami!

(Sung)

So Birdies you can skip the fish

Cause I’ll fulfill your ev’ry wish

Come try a dish that’s so delish

Plump and Juicy

Me!


Centipede: Welcome Home!

We held on

Through that storm

The clouds have finally parted

And we’re safe and warm

Take a breath

Sing a song

Finally we landed right where we belong

Unwind

Unpack

We’ll always have your back

Welcome home, welcome home

Welcome home, welcome home

My friend

You were lost on the sea

But you’re safe here with me till the end

We’re staying right here

Buddy now ain’t that swell?

Welcome Home!


Ladybug: Everywhere That You Are

Someone leaves, who knows why

And you never say goodbye

But once we go, we're not gone

We keep living on and on

She whispers in the breeze

He's waving from a star

They are with you

Everywhere that you are


Grasshopper: Floatin Along

Just catch this tune and sing it with me

We'll set our sail for nothing but sea

No place where we gotta be

So good

We're tumbling off where nobody's been

How true adventures always begin

Take a ride on a tide

Fallin' high

Dippin' low

No direction

A map is never better than

Diftin' off without a plan

All we need is a song

At the intersection

Where ocean meets the sky

We're all gonna die

Follow me and float along

Floatin' along

Floatin' along

La la la la la

Floatin' along

What could go wrong

Singin' a song

La la la la la

Floatin' along


Spider: On Your Way Home Reprise

Where do you go when you're back on the ground

Safe in the arms of the family you found?

How do you know it's a place where you won't be alone?

Cause when you get there, it feels perfect

And when you get there, it's a place where you want to stay

Where you know that the world is okay

And you finally found your way

You found your way home