James and the Giant Peach Jr.

2022 Winter Youth Production

Winter Youth Company Musical Production

Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach Jr.

Book by Timothy Allen McDonald, Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

Gloucester Stage Youth Company’s first production in 2022, James and the Giant Peach, the musical, is a learning and performance opportunity for students in grades 1st through 8th. Our new youth education program has an open registration process and accepts all who audition for this grade level. In addition to learning the roles and performance, students learn acting, singing and dancing skills in a professional theater environment. Students are cast in roles on the first rehearsal and will receive an updated schedule (depending on role) for the six week production.

To participate, you can register your child online using the link below, or you can attend one of the first rehearsal classes to experience this new program for the first time before committing.

First Rehearsal Option 1: Wednesday, Jan. 5 @ 5:30p-7:00p
First Rehearsal Option 2: Thursday, Jan. 6 @ 4:30p – 6:00p

Rehearsals are flexible with students’ schedules throughout the week. For more information you can contact Education Director, Katie Oberlander at 978-281-4099 x103 or katie@gloucesterstage.com

Rehearsal Weeks: Jan 5 – Feb 11
Public Performances: Feb. 11, 12 & 13

Tuition for six week production process: $235
No child turned away due to lack in funds, learn more below in tuition assistance.

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Character Breakdown (Casting)

Character Breakdown

Ladahlord – a mysterious character who seems to have a hand in the magical things that are happening. Though he may seem a bit off, he carefully watches over James, making sure James moves towards to a better life. Ladahlord also serves as a guiding narrator throughout the story. This is a perfect role for a charismatic young actor who can sing and dance well.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: Gb5
Vocal range bottom: G3

James – the hero of our story, on an epic quest to find a family of his own and gain confidence in himself. Cast a young boy with an unchanged voice and someone who has great acting instincts. Make sure he can win over an audience and is comfortable being onstage.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G#3

Ladybug – immediately takes on a doting, maternal role in James life. This is a fantastic role for a performer with a great singing voice and a regal demeanor.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Grasshopper – the leader of the Insects, is ever the optimist and assumes a paternal role in James life. Cast a performer who can sing and act well, but foremost has a warm, inviting presence.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Spider – a clever creature who becomes 
a fun-loving older sister to James. A young woman with a spunky personality and a great voice is a perfect choice for the role.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Earthworm – a gentle spirit, although he can be a bit of a coward. Luckily, he gains enough courage to save the day by baiting some gullible seagulls. Earthworm looks at James as a brother figure. Cast a performer who can sing well, and more importantly, someone who isn t afraid of being a little outlandish.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Centipede – a bit of grouch, but he is ever-loyal to the pack, and by the end of the story, he s won over by James. James sees Centipede as that cranky uncle with a heart of gold. Centipede should have a good singing voice, and be able to make strong, specific acting choices.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Spiker and Sponge – the sort of aunts (or monsters) that you fear ever being stuck with. They take James into their home but
only so that he can be their own personal servant. Spiker is the brains of the operation, and Sponge is more concerned with finding something to eat. These are great character roles for two young performers who are fantastic singers and actors. To play into the humor, cast a duo that contrasts completely in physical appearance.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: F3

Zoo Crowd – Mr. Trotter, Mrs. Trotter, Karl Kreatour and the Zoo Crowd are all part of James nightmare. These are small, featured roles, so feel free to cast from your ensemble.

Matron Nurse – runs the Painswick Orphanage, and you definitely get a sense she hasn t had a vacation in years. This is a great acting role for a young woman who can command a room.

Billy and Bobby Bobby Cop – a perfectly unified pair of cops working for Scotland Yard. This is fun cameo role for two performers who work well together.

Vagrants – including Doreen Driggles, Ridgley Rapscallion, Violet Funkschmeller, and Chris Cryermouth are an ensemble of have-nots to support Spiker and Sponge s treacherous plans. These ensemble roles are important for making up the world of the musical. The Passing Man, Man (with wallet) and Passing Woman all have featured moments where they fall victim to Spiker and Sponge.

Garden Chorus



Hollywood Agents

Farm Animals, Willy Wonka And Oompa-Loompas

Angry Crowd

Cruise Ensemble

Sharks And Seagulls

New Yorkers

Tuition Assistance


Limited funds are available for financial aid. Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis. You will be contacted about your application, whether or not a scholarship is awarded. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF

Who is eligible for financial aid?
Financial aid eligibility is dependent upon the degree of need as verified by this form and supporting documents.

Do you offer payment plans?
Payment plans may be taken advantage of by anyone, regardless of financial need. This option is available to families who prefer to split a balance of $100 or more into two or three installments. No application is required; if you would like to arrange a payment plan, please email the Education Director: Katie@gloucesterstage.com

How do I apply for financial aid?
Email this completed form, with relevant documents attached, to the Education Director: Katie@gloucesterstage.com or bring paper copies to the theatre box office. Financial aid requests must be submitted a week prior to the first date of class or rehearsal.

What does a financial aid scholarship cover?
If eligible, one partial or full scholarship will be awarded per household. For scholarships greater than 50%, volunteer opportunities are encouraged. No child turned away due to lack of funding.

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Access & Inclusion
Access & Inclusion 

As part of Gloucester Stage Youth Company’s commitment to access and inclusion, we make intentional choices in our practices to ensure we are a welcoming space for people of all abilities, ethnicities, economic statuses and genders.

Our teaching artists are happy to work with families to meet individual physical and learning needs. If there are ways in which we can help your family feel more welcome or supported, please email our Education Director: Katie@gloucesterstage.com