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Auditions & Casting

The Augusta Players holds open auditions for all Mainstage, Youth Theatre, and Children’s Wing Productions throughout the year. Audition dates, times, and places are posted on the web page as well as local newspapers prior to the audition.

The Augusta Players does not require previous stage experience to audition, just your talent and desire to be part of the production process. During the audition you will be required to read from the script (material provided). If you are auditioning for a musical, in addition, you will be expected to sing a prepared selection from the show, and learn a simple movement routine from the productions choreographer. You can find Audition Tips Here

If you are not cast, do not be discouraged, but continue to audition to gain experience. Understand there are many factors when casting a production.

We look forward to seeing you at an audition soon!

Augusta Jr Players Announces Auditions for James and the Giant Peach Jr.

( Posted: August 9, 2016 )

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WHERE: Jessye Norman School of the Arts

AGES: 8-18

WHEN: Saturday August 27th (Ages 8-12) 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Sunday August 28th (Ages 13-18) 2:00 pm-5:00 pm

WHAT TO PREPARE: 32 Bars of the song of your choosing.

WHAT TO BRING: Sheet music or Track  (An accompanist will be provided)

        (Bring a recent picture of yourself as well as all known conflicts between Aug 29-Oct 29 after 5:00 pm and including Saturdays)

SHOW DATES: October 28th and 29th.

***Please Indicate on your audition form if you will be able to attend Junior Theater Festival January 13-16. Cost is $350.00/person though we plan to have fundraisers to help offset the cost. Please do not let your inability to attend the festival prevent you from auditioning. You do not have to attend JTF to be a part of the production.

Character Breakdown

  • Ladahlord – Ladahlord is 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.
  • James – James is 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.
  • Ladybug – 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.
  • Grasshopper – 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.
  • Spider – Spider is 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.
  • Earthworm – Earthworm is 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.
  • Centipede – Centipede may be 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.
  • Spiker and Sponge– Spiker and Sponge are 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.
  • Mr. Trotter, Mrs. Trotter, Karl Kreatour and the Zoo Crowd – Characters in James’ nightmare.
  • Matron Nurse – The 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 – Billy and Bobby Bobby-Cop are a perfectly unified pair of cops working for Scotland Yard. This is fun cameo role for two performers who work well together.
  • Vagrants – The 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 – The Garden Chorus comes to life in  Shake It Up as Ladahlord mixes a magical potion. This is a great place to cast kids of various skill level and get them excited about musical theater.
  • Reporters – The Reporters, including Ida Walters, are on the scene just as the peach is becoming larger than life.
  • Ladies – Bitsy Botana and the rest of the Ladies Garden Guild are in flowery frocks and hats, intent on having Spiker and Sponge give the keynote speech at their conference. A few young performers with good voices will do the trick.
  • The Hollywood Agents – led by Buzz, 
jump in on the success of the growing peach with movie and Broadway deals for Spiker and Sponge.
  • Farm Animals, Willy Wonka And Oompa-Loompas – Farm Animals, Willy Wonka and Oompa-Loompas are all in harms way as the peach outgrows its stem and rolls towards the ocean.
  • Angry Crowd – The Angry Crowd is in search of the amazing giant peach, but they quickly turn into an angry mob when the peach is nowhere to be found. These ensemble parts are easy to cast from any of your company.
  • Cruise Ensemble -The Cruise Ensemble are various vacationers en route to New York with Spiker and Sponge. Use anyone from your ensemble to fill out the scene!
  • Sharks And Seagulls – The Sharks and Seagulls are featured in  Plump and Juicy.
  • New Yorkers – New Yorkers, including the Screaming Women, Lucille Van Kooglestein, Bunny Mackenzie The Third, Jake and Joe all witness the peach land directly on the Empire State Building and are sent into a panic! Cast a handful of characters for these cameo roles.

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