James & the Giant Peach AND Newsies Auditions


Grand Rapids Civic Theatre is holding auditions for James & The Giant Peach and Newsies on Saturday, February 23rd & Sunday, February 24th.  Auditions are open to the public.  Both productions feature large ensemble casts with several principal and featured roles for men & women of all ethnicities (ages 15+), as well as a few roles for children (ages 10+).



  1. Actors may audition for one or both shows, and only need to sign up for ONE audition slot.
  2.  Auditions are 30 minute slots by appointment – sign up below.  Auditionees need to bring 16-32 bars of prepared sheet music (Broadway style) and be prepared to learn a short group dance combination.
  3. Please see attached character descriptions for recommended age ranges.  Perusal scripts can be checked out with a $10 deposit at the Civic Theatre Box office M-F 10am-5pm. 
  4. PLEASE FILL OUT THE ATTACHED CONFLICT SHEET AND BRING IT WITH YOU TO AUDITIONS.  If you are interested in BOTH shows, please be sure to fill out the conflict calendar for BOTH shows and bring them with you.  If you are only auditioning for one show, you only need to fill out the conflict calendar for THAT production.
  5. You may also bring a Headshot & Resume (not required). If you are auditioning for BOTH productions, please bring 2 copies of your Headshot & Resume.
  6. We recommend arriving 20 minutes prior to your audition time to ensure adequate time for parking and sign-in.
  7. For more detailed information about the process, please see the AUDITION GUIDE attached below.



Saturday, February 23rd from 11am-5pm




***NEWSIES Callbacks will be MONDAY, February 25th from 6-10pm***

JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH Callbacks will be Tuesday, February 26th from 6-10pm

Callbacks are by invitation only based on the needs of the individual productions.

***Please note this change to Newsies Callbacks from our original posting!***




Book by: Timothy Allen McDonald

Music & Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Based on: Roald Dahl’s book James & the Giant Peach


Director/Choreographer: Jolene Frankey

Music Director: Scott Patrick Bell

Stage Manager: Rhonda Lehan


Roald Dahl’s beloved book comes to life in a rollicking musical featuring the Tony Award nominated team of Pasek and Paul (known for La La Land and The Greatest Showman).  Forced to live with two cruel aunts after his parents’ death, James’ life takes another unexpected twist when he meets a mysterious man with a book of magic potions.  After he accidentally spills his potion on a tree, it sprouts an enormous peach and launches James on the adventure of a lifetime where he meets fantastical creatures, fights epic battles, and redefines what it means to be a family.



Book: Harvey Fierstein

Music: Alan Menken

Lyrics: Jack Feldman

Based on: Disney film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White

Originally Produced By: Disney Theatrical Productions


Director: Allyson Paris

Stage Manager/Assistant Director: Kieran Smith

Music Director: Charles Hutchins

Choreographer: Erin Kacos Pott


Based on the real-life newsboy strike of 1899 and the 1992 Disney movie, Newsies follows a rag-tag band of teenage newsboys who go on strike against newspaper publishers to demand their rights.  Along with the film favorites like “Carrying the Banner” and “Seize the Day”, the stage production introduces eight new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman.

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Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Location Time (EDT) Available Slot
02/23/2019 (Sat.) WAIT LIST  9:50am - 11:30am  

Ages 10-Adult (12)

9 of 12 slots filled
Kiera Zittel
Douglas Everse
Gabryel Shepard
Kristin Rottman
Cody Scott
I am 25, but look younger.
Alyssa Bauer
Avril Taber
Tara Cleveland
Palome Endres
GRCT  10:00am - 10:30am  

Ages 10-Adult (12)

11 of 12 slots filled
Madi Hammond
Parker Hammond
Katie Smith
Darla Carrier
Abigail Regan
Lauren Cockrum
Michelle Momber
Adam Lucas
McKenna Bosch
Jordyn Jones
Nyla Lewis
10:30am - 11:00am  

Ages 10-Adult (12)

All slots filled
Adam Bradt
Maria Leigh
Jake Doctor
Ellie Brower
Micah Hamstra
Drew Faber
Ashley Isenhoff
Kenny Spicer
Adrianna Nelson
Lena Reeves
Zoë Dumond
Andrea Fisher
11:00am - 11:30am  

Ages 10-Adult (12)

11 of 12 slots filled
Anna Peerbolt
Hannah Hosfelt
Amaya Wiseman
Taylor Nitz
Shea Hager
Bethany Furness
Grace Hosanna
Paige Harsevoort
Allison Vitarelli
Micah McDonald
Makenzie Allen
WAIT LIST  11:20am - 1:00pm  

Ages 10-Adult (12)

All slots filled
Martha Bellamy
Will Korest
Kayla Felty
James Madrilejo
Mitchell James
Troy Harvey
Daniel Kurylo
Morgan Chupp
Indira Kulasic
Child age 12
Maxwell Seidel
Danata Paulino
Bahishta Baegzad
GRCT  11:30am - 12:00pm  

Ages 10-Adult (12)

All slots filled
Alexa Finkler
Jessica Bradt
Leanne Challa
Jason Vandy Bogurt
Andrea Sharp (2)
If it is okay I’d like to bring my 12yr old niece along with me
Cindy Walsh
Adaline Huston
Adaline Huston
Wil MacKeigan
Carson O’Brien
Stephanie VanderMyde
Trey Butka
12:00pm - 12:30pm  

Ages 10-Adult (12)

11 of 12 slots filled
Cate Garretson
Sidney Caulder
Kyler Klingensmith
Shawn Smith
Cassidy Smith
Drew Smith
Lourdie Clark
Brett Schaafsma
Parker Ohman
Madeline Stritzinger
Newsies 14yrs old
Brady Esterline
Jonathan Paredez
12:30pm - 1:00pm  

Ages 10-Adult (12)

All slots filled
Darby Bell
Emelia Shaw
Colleen McDowell
Ivana Loveless
Bill Reynolds
Ethan Mathias
Zachary Shoemaker
Victoria Castillo
I do participate in theater productions at my school but they should be most likely over by the time rehearsal starts for this production
Alec Falicki
Madison Mossner
Madison Mossner
Kiera Zittel
TJ Clark
WAIT LIST  1:50pm - 3:30pm  

Ages 10-Adult (12)

9 of 12 slots filled
Alyssa Ellison
Mia Sikkema
Brye Dennison
Nicholas Lieffers
Emma Dougherty
Nate Reynolds
Norraissa Cottingham
Jonathan Parédez
Dominique Damron
GRCT  2:00pm - 2:30pm  

Ages 10-Adult (12)

11 of 12 slots filled
Lia Hielkema
Avery Nienhuis
Augusto Elias
Adam Wright
Adam Wright
Jared Martin
Aaron Jachim
Donald Curry
Courtney Failer
Julianne Bouwens
I will be out of town for callbacks
Lindsey Meredith
Shannon Phipps
2:30pm - 3:00pm  

Ages 10-Adult (12)

All slots filled
Liam Bulkowski
Nancy Dodge
Nancy Dodge
Erica Zamloot
Samantha Holtsclaw
Kaitlynne Heyworth
Elizabeth Foster
Benjamin Hewitt
Aaron Siebelink
Hailey Ergang
Jill Pierangeli
Lauren Washburn
Danata Paulino
3:00pm - 3:30pm  

Ages 10-Adult (12)

11 of 12 slots filled
Colin Wesseldyk
Mandy Casebolt (2)
Plus daughter Lexi Pritchard
Nicolas Anderson
Abigail Pletcher
Samuel Wilson
Jonathan Foster
Ben Lowen
Megan Sorenson
Kerry Gabalis
Jesalyn Ashby
WAIT LIST  3:20pm - 5:00pm  

Ages 10-Adult (12)

7 of 12 slots filled
Ruby Gelder
Isabelle Schieber
22 year old female
Jackie Schneider
Kaiena Hansen
Joseph Trudeau
Josh Fullmer
Jordyn Jones
GRCT  3:30pm - 4:00pm  

Ages 10-Adult (12)

All slots filled
Mia Dart
Adrian Almas
Kaeleigh Casavant
Cullen Dyk
Jack Schneider
Zoee Andrus
Noah Potter
Joey Collins
Brittany Perry
Kyla Kralapp
Nora Ingram
Josh Fullmer
4:00pm - 4:30pm  

Ages 10-Adult (12)

All slots filled
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Dana Pierangeli
Avery Plachecki
Luke Furness
Leanette Bailey
Casey Huls
Claudia Duimstra
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Alex Raycroft
Christian Maloley
Mary Camp
Mary Camp
Anna Murphy
Isabella (Izzy) Metcalf
4:30pm - 5:00pm  

Ages 10-Adult (12)

8 of 12 slots filled
Trevor Straub
Nick Altena
Rebekah Karel
Logan Rittenhouse
Joi Adams
Natalie VandenHeuvel
Jada Owen
Jonah Howell
02/24/2019 (Sun.) WAIT LIST  5:50pm - 7:30pm  

Ages 10-Adult (12)

11 of 12 slots filled
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Dane Schweigert
Gabe Miheve
Cody Colvin
Connor Vachon
Karen O'Strander
Trey McMillian
Dakota Heacock
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Emma Critchfield
Michelle Eighmey
GRCT  6:00pm - 6:30pm  

Ages 10-Adult (12)

All slots filled
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Kat Hogan
Joy De Windt
Francie Hoffman
Hyde Rocha-Morgan
Blithe Pluger
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Caleb Staal
Tessie Morales
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6:30pm - 7:00pm  

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11 of 12 slots filled
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Blessing Ouding
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7:00pm - 7:30pm  

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8 of 12 slots filled
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7:30pm - 8:00pm  

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