The Best Audition Songs for James and the Giant Peach – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for James and the Giant Peach? Well unless you have specifically been asked to sing a song from the show that you’re auditioning for, it’s generally best not to. That said, you should still show off similar vocals and personality. So here’s our list of audition songs for James and the Giant Peach, broken down by character.

Since James and the Giant Peach is a contemporary musical, the following songs are from contemporary musicals as well. In addition, the songs below are family-friendly in order to match the style of the show.


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Step 1: Read your audition details

Please read your audition details carefully, as they sometimes specify the type of song they’d like to hear (a ballad, something upbeat, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “James and the Giant Peach Audition Songs” Spotify Playlist


Step 2: Get to know the show

In casting calls, they often ask for you to be “familiar with the show”. And even if it’s not requested, it’s generally assumed. One way to do this is to listen to the James and the Giant Peach cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis.


Step 3: Pick an audition song

Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide whether you’d like to audition for the ensemble or a specific character. Just keep in mind that if you audition for a specific character, you still might not be chosen for that particular role.

There’s usually a spot on the audition form asking if you are open to being in the ensemble or accepting a different role. I would suggest ticking that box and taking whatever you are offered. Every role is important, and you will earn valuable experience in a show.

And on that same note, even if you audition for the ensemble (and not a specific character), there’s always a chance you might get chosen for a leading/supporting role!

To summarize, keep an open mind and try not to take the process too seriously. And when you’re ready, choose the song that you feel most comfortable with from the list below.


Aunt Spiker / Aunt Sponge

I Want the Good Times Back” – The Little Mermaid

Land of Yesterday” – Anastasia

Off With Their Heads” – Wonderland

Poor Unfortunate Souls” – The Little Mermaid

Red Shoes Blues” – The Wizard of Oz


James Trotter

Almost Nearly Perfect” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Counting Down to Christmas” – A Christmas Story

In the Big Blue World” – Finding Nemo: The Musical

It’s Possible” – Seussical

Think Positive” – Willy Wonka


Ladahlord

Friend Like Me” – Aladdin

It Must Be Believed to Be Seen” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The Ballad of Farquaad” – Shrek

The Bottom Line” – Newsies

What’s Up, Duloc?” – Shrek


Ladybug

Every Tear a Mother Cries” – Honk!

Home” – Beauty and the Beast

Just Like That” – A Christmas Story

What a Mother Does” – A Christmas Story


Ensemble (Altos)

After All of This and Everything” – Freaky Friday

Notice Me, Horton” – Seussical

The Joy of Motherhood” – Honk!


Ensemble (Baritones)

How Lucky You Are” – Seussical

Pure Imagination” – Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

The Genius on Cleveland Street” – A Christmas Story


Ensemble (Basses)

Sheldon Potts’ Halftime Show” – Junie B. Jones

The Man Inside the Clues” – Catch Me If You Can

We Look to You” – The Prom


Ensemble (Contras)

Born to Boogie” – Billy Elliot

Shine” – Billy Elliot

Women and Sandwiches” – Freaky Friday


Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!


Ensemble (Mezzos)

I’ve Got Pizazz” – Nunsense II

Journey to the Past” – Anastasia

Times Are Hard for Dreamers” – Amélie


Ensemble (Sopranos)

The World Above” – The Little Mermaid

Two Men in My Life” – Big Fish

What Only Love Can See” – Chaplin


Ensemble (Tenors)

Different” – Honk!

Don’t Let Me Go” – Shrek

Seventeen” – Tuck Everlasting


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for James and the Giant Peach:

• “A Pony for Christmas” in Kids’ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny➝

• “Babysitters Shouldn’t Have to …” in Kids’ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny➝

• “Eggs in a Basket” in The Acting Coach Approach: 48 Monologues for Kids➝

• “Lemonade for the Mailman” in Monologues for Kids and Tweens➝

• “We’ll Figure It Out” in Monologues for Kids and Tweens➝


Final Step: Prepare for your audition

After collecting your materials and getting familiar with the show, it’s time to move forward with the actual preparation. If you’re in need of some guidance on this step, you can always go through this FREE audition prep checklist!


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James and the Giant Peach Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in James in the Giant Peach, along with which characters sing in each of them. Unless you have been asked to, do not choose from the below songs for your audition! The following is more intended to be used for character research purposes.


Act 1:

“Right Before Your Eyes” – Ladahlord, James, Spiker, Sponge, Ladybug, Centipede, Ensemble

“On Your Way Home” – James

“Property of Spiker and Sponge” – Spiker, Sponge

“Shake It Up” – Ladahlord, Ensemble

“There’s Money On That Tree” – Spiker, Sponge, Ensemble

“Middle of a Moment” – James

“Floatin’ Along” – James, Ensemble


Act 2:

“Have You Even Begun to Wonder?” – James, Ensemble

“A Getaway for Spiker and Sponge” – Spiker, Sponge

“Everywhere That You Are” – Ladybug, Grasshopper, Earthworm, Spider

“I Got You” – Spiker, Sponge, Ensemble

“Plump and Juicy” – James, Earthworm, Spider, Centipede, Grasshopper, Ensemble

“Empire State/The Attack” – Ladahlord, Ensemble

“On Your Way Home (Reprise)” – James

“Welcome Home” – Company


Which of these audition songs for James and the Giant Peach did you choose?

And what role are you auditioning for? We would love to hear all about it in the comments! And in the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for other musicals.


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Stacy Karyn, author of Audition Songs for James and the Giant Peach.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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