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‘Youtheatre’ schedules auditions for fall production

FINDLAY — Marathon Center for the Performing Arts is hosting auditions for Youtheatre’s fall production of “James and the Giant Peach” at 6 p.m. Aug. 2 and at 10 a.m. Aug. 3 at the Marathon Center, 200 W. Main Cross St.

Auditions are open to students in grades 6-12 including an on-stage cast of no more than 50 students in addition to positions on the production’s technical crew.

Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Golden Globe Award-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dogfight, Dear Evan Hansen, The Greatest Showman and A Christmas Story the Musical), critics rave: James and the Giant Peach is a “masterpeach!” Actors will love playing the outlandish characters and performing brand new material from one of Broadway’s hottest duos.

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.

Students only need to attend one day of auditions. Those auditioning for the on-stage cast need to come prepared for movement. Youth interested in technical crew will only need to register online.

All students in grades 6-12 who wish to audition or apply for the technical crew must register and complete the required forms which can be found online at https://mcpa.org/education/youtheatre.

Youtheatre’s production of James and the Giant Peach will be directed by Samantha Henry. The production staff includes: Lindsay Taylor and Zachary Thomas as music directors and Julie Lane as choreographer.  The performances are slated for Oct. 4-5 at Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. 

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