New Britain Youth Theater will hold auditions for James and the Giant Peach, based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl and dramatized by Richard R. George, on Sunday, February 23, and Monday, February 24, at 6:00 p.m. at Trinity-on-Main Performance Center at 19 Chestnut Street in New Britain. Rehearsals for those cast will be on Mondays and Wednesdays. The production will be performed at Trinity-on-Main on May 29 through June 1. David B. Sousa will direct.
Auditions are open to 8 to 14 year-olds from any town, and a diverse cast with all levels of experience is welcome. No prepared monologue is required, but those auditioning will be asked to read from the play. To register for auditions, call (860) 515-8115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $60. No one, however, will be turned away for inability to pay, so please ask about financial assistance if necessary. Teens may also call with interest in production and backstage positions.
In James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl’s fantastic adventure story comes to life. Young James Henry Trotter wants to escape when he is sent to live with his mean Aunt Spiker and cruel Aunt Sponge by the shore. After a mysterious man appears with a bag of magic, a peach in their garden—and the bugs and worms living inside it—grow to an enormous size. Together, James and his new friends travel on an incredible journey across the sea. Roles include James, Aunts Spiker and Sponge, Old-Green-Grasshopper, Silkworm, Centipede, Spider, Ladybug, Earthworm, Glow-worm, Narrators, and a large ensemble that plays multiple roles.