Venice Theatre announces auditions for next Generations musical; Brad Wages seeking performers of all ages for James and the Giant Peach

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Venice Theatre announces auditions for next Generations musical
Brad Wages seeking performers of all ages for

James and the Giant Peach

Venice, FL, Feb. 15, 2016 – Auditions for Venice Theatre’s “Generations” production of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach will be held Saturday March 5 and Sunday March 6 at 2 p.m. at Venice Theatre located at 140 W. Tampa Ave. in Venice. A delightfully offbeat musical for the whole family to enjoy, James and the Giant Peach is based on the classic 1961 book by Roald Dahl. The fantasy story features a boy, his insect friends, and their journey across the ocean on a giant peach. With a wickedly tuneful score and a curiously quirky script, critics rave that James and The Giant Peach is a “masterpeach!”

The musical will be performed on Venice Theatre’s MainStage May 17 through May 22, 2016 including school-time performances on Wednesday, May 18 and Friday, May 20 at 11 a.m.

Director/Choreographer Brad Wages and his Music Director, Eli Schildkraut, ask that auditioners prepare a song, bring sheet music, and dress comfortably for a possible dance audition. Wages will be casting volunteer performers from age nine through adult for the following roles:

Ensemble – A variety of children, teens and adults.
Ladahlord – A strange, magical storyteller.

James – A lonely young boy who lacks confidence, but when given the right encouragement becomes resourceful and innovative.

Spiker and Sponge – James’ mean aunts.
Spider – A normal spider who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. She is warm and friendly to James.
Green Grasshopper – A wizened old grasshopper.
Centipede – An ornery centipede who hates humans, in part because Spiker and Sponge fumigated his family.
Ladybug – A motherly ladybug. Respectable and classy, she has a warm, caring heart.
Earthworm – An earthworm who is a bit of a scaredy-cat. He is neurotic and worried about everything, but is friendly and brave when called upon.
More information about the characters and the audition process is available at or by calling 941-484-4033. A reference recording of the songs is available for download at
About Venice Theatre
Venice Theatre is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to making a dramatic impact on all stages of life. The second-largest of 10,000 community theatres in the United States, it is located at 140 W. Tampa Ave. in Venice, FL. Its MainStage offers seating for 432 patrons and features musicals, plays, concerts and special events.  Its Yvonne Pinkerton Theatre seats 90 patrons and is home to the theatre’s “Generations,” Stage II and Cabaret Series. In addition to providing entertainment to the community, Venice Theatre offers a wide range of education and outreach programs for children and adults.


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