James and the Giant Peach JR


Writers: Timothy Allen McDonald Justin Paul Benj Pasek


Show Information

Based on the Play/Book/Film
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Number of Acts
Dark Comedy
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
England, Dover, Atlantic Ocean, New York City, 1950s
Cast Size
Orchestra Size
Some Dance
Ideal for
Community Theatre, Diverse Cast, Elementary School, Ensemble Cast, Middle School, Small Cast, Star Vehicle Male, Theatre For Young Audiences (TYA)
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes child, early teen, late teen characters


After his parents are killed by a stampeding rhino, James Trotter spends time in an orphanage before being sent to the only family he has left, his aunts Spiker and Sponge. But his aunts are cruel and torment poor James mercilessly. Urged by a mysterious man called Ladahlord, James creates a magical potion in an effort to change his situation. But the magic gets away from him, and instead he creates a giant peach and human-sized insects. The aunts see a way to make money from this impressive fruit. However, the insects decide they have to escape, and with James, they cut the peach from the tree--and their adventure begins.

Based on Roald Dahl’s book of the same name, James and the Giant Peach is a whimsical and magical journey of one boy out to change his life and find a real family. Opportunities for puppetry and spectacular visual effects abound, and the show is available in both this Junior Version as well as Theatre for Young Audiences.

Lead Characters

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