Saturday, May 21 – James and the Giant Peach, Jr. Rehearsal
10am-2pm (lunch break around 12:30pm)
We are running the show and cleaning numbers. It is very important that all performers are there.
We will still be working on costuming and sets!
If any adults are able to help with these tasks, please e-mail Mr. Olkowski (firstname.lastname@example.org) so he knows there will be help. Any adults who are helping should come in at 9:30am.
Thank you to those parents who covered the supervision slots. There still isn’t anyone taking on the program. If you want to take this on, please e-mail Mr. Olkowski at the e-mail above.
Also, please go to the link below to sign-up to help with the production.
James and the Giant Peach, Jr. Calendar
The rehearsal calendar was given to each performer at the first rehearsal.
There is a copy of the calendar posted by the door in room 32.
There is also a copy in the drama club locker to the left that you can download.
Drama Club ~ Spring Musical Information
James and the Giant Peach, Jr. will be the Spring Coyote Creek Drama Club production. This production will be by audition only. Casting decisions will be made based on numerous things. For those who were part of the fall drama club, it will be partly based on previous drama club participation, behavior, and attendance. In addition, the young performers will go through an audition. Just because a student was in the fall drama club does not mean he / she will be allowed to continue in the program. Students who get a part will be asked to pay a $125 activity fee to cover sets, props, scripts, royalties, etc. No student will be turned away dues to the inability to pay. Parents/Guardians will be asked to help with sets, costumes, programs, publicity, tickets, concessions, communication, etc. Those who can’t help will be asked to contribute an additional $50 program donation.
Students who do get a part need to make sure they attend ALL rehearsals! This musical is a HUGE undertaking, and students need to make drama rehearsals a number one priority. Students will not be called for every rehearsal. Rehearsals may take place during morning and lunch recesses, Thursdays after school, and an occasional weekend rehearsal. It is very difficult to put together a show when students miss rehearsals. Students who miss rehearsals or misbehave risk losing their part and/or spot in drama.
The evening performances of James and the Giant Peach, Jr. will take place Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3 at 7pm.
As the overture ends, Ladahlord, our mysterious narrator, makes his entrance on the empty stage, quickly joined by the rest of the Company ("Right Before Your Eyes"). The scene transitions into Painswick Orphanage, where the Matron Nurse calls for lights out. James talks in his sleep he is having a nightmare about his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Trotter, who were tragically killed when a Rhino escaped from the London Zoo. As Karl Kreatour warns the crowd about the rhino, James wakes up from the nightmare and frantically searches for his father’s glasses and his mother's scarf, his only mementos of his parents. He spots a Ladybug and a Grasshopper and sends them on their way ("On Your Way Home"). Suddenly, the Matron Nurse announces that James has two aunts in Dover who have agreed to take him in. They rush to catch the train to Dover as Ladahlord follows along ("Right Before Your Eyes Reprise #1").
In Dover, Vagrants crisscross the stage and introduce Spiker and Sponge, who survive by stealing, lying and bribing Billy and Bobby Bobby-Cop ("Property of Spiker and Sponge"). They learn that they have been named the guardians of James and quickly plan to use him as their own personal servant. Violet Funkschmeller, Ridgley Rapscallion, Chris Cryermouth, and Doreen Driggles commiserate with Spiker and Sponge over their forced motherhood. They pick him up from the train station and whisk him back to their cottage in Dover, where they inform him he will live in the basement with the rest of the creepy-crawlies. Spiker and Sponge decide on a day at the seashore, sending James inside to get the picnic basket. Meanwhile, Sponge walks directly into a spider web and catches the Male Spider between two giant pieces of bread, taking a large bite out of the horrible sandwich. James returns with the picnic basket, excited to play with his friends at the beach, but Spiker and Sponge command him to chop down the peach tree instead. Ladahlord keeps watch as James picks up the axe to chop down the tree ("Right Before Your Eyes Reprise #2"). Before beginning on the tree, James rescues a poor Earthworm, who is running for his life from an aggressive Centipede.
Suddenly, Ladahlord appears and offers James the chance to change his life by choosing a spell from his book ("Shake It Up"). The Garden Chorus and Insects help James assemble the potion for Crocodile Tongues. Ladahlord explains that James must add seven drops of well water and drink it all in one gulp ("Shake It Up Reprise"), but James trips and spills the entire contents of the bag. Earthworm, Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug and a Spider each chase a crocodile tongue offstage.
The next morning, Spiker and Sponge are nursing their sunburns when they notice there is a peach in the peach tree, a giant peach! Sponge wants to eat it, but Spiker sees some potential in the peach, inviting Reporters, the Ladies Garden Guild, Bitsy Botana, Hollywood Agents and Buzz ("There's Money On That Tree") to view it. James wants to move to the seashore with all the money they’ve made, but Spiker and Sponge don't believe him when he claims to have made the peach grow. They break his father’s glasses and rip his mother’s scarf, declaring that liars must sleep outside ("On Your Way Home Reprise").
James notices something strange. There is a doorknob in the peach. Upon further investigating, his arms get stuck on the peach and suddenly, he is sucked into it, coming face-to-face with human-sized insects! Introductions are made Grasshopper, Ladybug, Spider, Earthworm, and Centipede. Suddenly, the peach’s stem snaps, and the peach goes rolling away from the cottage ("Our Adventure Begins!"). Ladahlord narrates as the peach rolls past Spiker and Sponge, Farm Animals, Willy Wonka and Oompa-Loompas, finally splashing into the sea. They determine they are drifting across the English Channel to France ("Floatin Along"). Though they are all hungry, the problem is quickly solved by James he suggests they eat the peach ("Floatin Along Reprise").
Back at the cottage, Spiker and Sponge realize they are in big trouble without the giant peach. They take their money and run, narrowly avoiding an Angry Crowd and Billy and Bobby Bobby-Cop ("A Getaway for Spiker and Sponge"). Back on the peach, the Insects revive James from a nightmare. The Insects share their horrible past experiences with Spiker and Sponge, and James reveals to them that his parents are gone. The Insects explain that his parents are always with him ("Everywhere That You Are").
Days later, on the deck of the Jewel of the Sea, Ladahlord is in disguise as a ship's porter ("Right Before Your Eyes Reprise #3"). Spiker and Sponge are onboard and en route to New York City, where they plan to set up their old routine ("I Got You"). They notice the peach floating in the distance and set out after it. On the peach, Centipede is seasick and attracts the attention of some Seagulls but the peach has attracted the attention of some Sharks, too! James and the Insects form a plan to capture the seagulls with Spider's web and fly away from danger, but they need Earthworm to act as bait ("Plump and Juicy").
Ladahlord, dressed as a seagull, reveals that the plan works ("Right Before Your Eyes Reprise #4"), and they quickly arrive in New York City where Spiker and Sponge are waiting for them. The seagull web snaps, sending the Screaming Women, Lucille Van Kooglestein, and Bunny Mackenzie the Third into a panic as the peach lands on the Empire State Building ("Empire State/The Attack"). Spiker and Sponge threaten the Insects with fumigators, claiming they are taking James and the peach home but before they can make a move, the peach slips free and lands on them. James is relieved that they will never hurt anyone ever again ("Welcome Home") and celebrates his remarkable new family.