Jr. Civic Presents
James and the Giant Peach

June 15-20, 2018
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Music & Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Based on the book, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

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.

Jr. Civic Mainstage Musical 2018
Performed by children for children, this kids-only production is a highlight of the Jr. Civic season. Open to ages 7-14, this fully-staged musical attracts children from throughout the metro area and affords them the opportunity to participate in a professionally staffed, technically supported mainstage experience.


  • Monday, April 9 or Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 4:30 pm (Open to children ages 7-14. No appointment necessary.)

Performing experience not necessary and children need not be enrolled in Jr. Civic classes to audition. Young performers are asked to prepare 16 bars of a song (bring sheet music!) and dress in comfortable clothing for a movement audition. An accompanist will be provided. Email education@civictheatre.org for more information.

Where: Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre
Rehearsals: Monday – Thursday, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, beginning May 8, 2018
Cast Member Fee: $45
Performances: June 15 – June 20, 2018, Friday 7 pm, Saturday 2 pm, Monday – Wednesday 10 am & 1 pm in the Tarkington
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 youth under 18




A strange, magical storyteller. Often inserts himself or herself into the story, in disguise, to help push the action forward.



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. A good friend.



James’ mean aunt. A thief and a scoundrel. Shrewd and opportunistic. Very tall and thin.




James’ other mean aunt. Also a thief and a scoundrel, but not nearly as bright as her sister. Very corpulent, she often has her mind on food.




A normal spider who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Her husband was killed and eaten by Spiker and Sponge. She is warm and friendly to James.


Green Grasshopper

A wizened grasshopper who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. An excellent musician. Has his eye on Ladybug.



An ornery centipede who becomes human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Hates humans, in part because Spiker and Sponge fumigated his family. Prickly and rude, everyone thinks he is a pest.



A motherly ladybug who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Respectable and classy, she has a warm, caring heart. Has her eye on Grasshopper.



An earthworm who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. A bit of a scaredy-cat. He is neurotic and worried about everything, but is very friendly and brave when called upon.


Ensemble Roles:


Bitsy Botana

Buzz, the Agent

Matron Nurse

Mrs. Trotter

Mr. Trotter

Madame Guild President

Various Reporters, Townsfolk etc..