When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach... and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James' quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building.
Words and Music by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com
JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS
James (any gender) - casting age 14 - 30
James is a lonely young boy who lacks confidence. Having lost both his parents in a freak accident, he feels he belongs nowhere in the world. However, when given the right encouragement he becomes resourceful and innovative. He is a good friend.
Ladahlord -Any gender age 25- 60
A strange, magical storyteller. Often inserts himself into the story, in disguise, to help push the action forward.
Spiker and Sponge - any gender, age 30- 70
James' mean aunts. Thieves and scoundrels. Spiker is shrewd and opportunistic. Sponge is not nearly as bright as her sister. They are vibrant characters.
The insects: normal insects who have become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue.
Spider - female presenting, age 20- 50
Her husband was killed and eaten by Spiker and Sponge. She is warm and friendly to James.
Green Grasshopper - male presenting, age 20-60
A wizened character and an excellent musician. Has his eye on Ladybug.
Centipede - male presenting, age 20-50
An ornery centipede who hates humans, in part because Spiker and Sponge fumigated his family. Prickly and rude, everyone thinks he is a pest.
Ladybug - female presenting, age 30-60
A motherly ladybug who is respectable and classy, she has a warm, caring heart. Has her eye on Grasshopper.
Earthworm - any gender, age 25-50
An earthworm who is a bit of a scaredy-cat. He is neurotic and worried about everything, but is very friendly and brave when called upon.
Crowd, Karl Kreatour, Reporters, Vagrants, Garden Guild, Bobby-Cops, Willy Wonka, Oompa Loompas, Hollywood Agents, Seagulls, New Yorkers.