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Olkowski, Brian

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Character and Audition Information


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.

Gender: Male                

Vocal range top: Gb5

Vocal range bottom: G3



James is the hero of our story, on an epic quest to find a family of his own and gain confidence in himself. This is a great role for someone with great acting instincts who 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’s 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’s life. Grasshopper needs sing and act well, but foremost has a warm, inviting presence.

Gender: Male                

Vocal range top: F#5               

Vocal range bottom: A3



Spider is a clever creature who becomes 
a fun-loving older sister to James. A young actor 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 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. He needs to sing well, and more importantly, he isn’t afraid of being a little outlandish.

Gender: Male                

Vocal range top: A5                

Vocal range bottom: B3



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.

Gender: Male                

Vocal range top: F#5               

Vocal range bottom: G3


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.  They are fantastic singers and actors. 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’s nightmare.

Gender: Both


Matron Nurse

The Matron Nurse runs the Painswick Orphanage, and you definitely get a sense she hasn’t had a vacation in years. She has a commanding presence.

Gender: Female


Billy And Bobby Bobby-cop

Billy and Bobby Bobby-Cop are a perfectly unified pair of cops working for Scotland Yard.

Gender: Male



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.

Gender: Both


Garden Chorus

The Garden Chorus comes to life in “Shake It Up” as Ladahlord mixes a magical potion.

Gender: Both



The Reporters, including Ida Walters, are on the scene just as the peach is becoming larger than life.

Gender: Both


Ladies’ Garden Guild

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. Gender: Female


Hollywood Agents

The Hollywood Agents, led by Buzz, 
jump in on the success of the growing peach with movie and Broadway deals for Spiker and Sponge.

Gender: Both


Farm Animals, Willy Wonka And Oompa-loompas

Farm Animals, Willy Wonka, and Oompa-Loompas are all in harm’s way as the peach outgrows its stem and rolls towards the ocean. These are very fun cameo roles.

Gender: Both


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.

Gender: Both


Cruise Ensemble

The Cruise Ensemble are various vacationers en route to New York with Spiker and Sponge.

Gender: Both


Sharks And Seagulls

The Sharks and Seagulls are featured in “Plump and Juicy.” These roles reqire strong movers and dancers.

Gender: Both


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!

Gender: Both


Drama Club

Important Information

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 ( 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").

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     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.


Cast Part and Concessions

James and the Giant Peach, Jr.


They have worked so hard to put on this production.  They will be very hungry and very thirsty when it is all finished.  Please help us by contributing something for our Cast Party which will be following the June 3rd performance. 

Sign up as soon as possible on our Cast Party Signup Genius:


James and the Giant Peach, Jr.


We're in need of food donations for show times on June 2nd and 3rd. Donations can be dropped off at rehearsals on Thursdays or Saturdays. Please drop off no later than Thursday, May 26th. Thank you.

Drama Club Parent Meeting

The parent meeting for drama club is on Thursday, February 11 from 5:20-6:00.


Drama Checks

Checks should be made payable to "Coyote Creek."

Audition Times and Information

Character – audition song (measure numbers)

(Date and time of audition for that character)


Ladahlord – Right Before Your Eyes (1-64)

    (Monday, January 4 @ 12:55 in room 32)


James – On Your Way Home (1-30)

    (Tuesday, January 5 @ 11:00 or 12:55 in room 32)


Spiker and Sponge – I Got You (1-32)

    (Wednesday, January 6 @ 10:30 or 12:25 in room 32)


Ladybug – Everywhere That You Are (1-38)

    (Thursday, January 7 @ 11:00 or 12:55 in room 32)


Spider – Plump and Juicy (48-64)

    (Friday, January 8 @ 11:00 or 12:55 in room 32)


Grasshopper – Floatin’ Along (1-36)

    (Monday, January 11 @ 12:55 in room 32)


Earthworm – Plump and Juicy (26-40)

    (Tuesday, January 12 @ 11:00 or 12:55 in room 32)


Centipede – Floatin’ Along (67-82)

    (Wednesday, January 13 @ 11:00 or 12:55 in room 32)


Ensemble – Shake it Up (113-135)

    (Thursday, January 14 @ 11:00 or 12:25 in room 32)


Stage Crew – Won’t start till around April (still turn in audition form)



Casting decisions will be announced by Wednesday, January 23.


Additional Audition Information

Please come to auditions prepared.  4th graders can eat with the 5th graders on days they have drama at 12:55. 


Callbacks will be by invitation on Thursday, January 14 from 3:15-5:15.


Not every character will be called back.


Parents/Guardians are not allowed in room during auditions.