top of page
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald

Music and Lyrics by Benji Pasek & Justin Paul

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.

MCP's Summer Jr. Youth Program is a long-standing tradition and is great for children who want to try something new this summer! Many of Marshall's seasoned, adult performers started in this program. Come join the MCP family! 


Bella Rupp

Artistic Director

Tom Whitesell

Musical Director

Marge Smith


Adrienne Dysinger


Carole Bolthouse

Props Master

Zander Chamberlin

Assistant Producer

Shelia Stafford

Stage Manager

Alaina Stafford

Assistant Director

Christine Whitesell

Audition Information

Age Group:

Incoming 5th graders - Incoming 9th graders

Date and Time: 

May 30th and 31st, 2023

Callback June 1st, 2023


4 pm - 6 pm


All auditionees should plan to attend all of the three audition days.


Franke Center for the Arts


Rehearsals and Important Dates: 

Rehearsals begin on June 5th, 2023, and will take place at the Franke Center for the Arts. They are Monday - Friday, 4 pm - 6 pm. Rehearsals are required for all cast members unless the production team has been previously notified of your scheduling conflicts. Please bring a list of your conflicts with you to auditions. 

Tech Week begins July 23rd, 2023, and is required for all cast and crew.

Performances are July 27th - 29th and are required for all cast and crew.

Strike is after the show on July 29th, and is required for all cast and crew.


Pay-to-Play Charge: $50* 

*This fee covers the cost of workshop guests and materials. It also covers snacks, water, and other needs during tech week. However, we want any child to be able to participate if they wish. If you need assistance with the Pay-to-Play charge, please contact us at  

What to Bring With You:  

1. Your lovely smile! We are so excited to see you. This is going to be so much fun! 

2. Clothes and shoes you can move and dance in. No sandals, please.

3. Water and a pencil. 

4. A list of your scheduling conflicts.

5. Your Pay-to-Play payment.

What to Prepare: 

Just be prepared to have fun! These auditions will be workshop-style. This means that we will work together for the first day to learn about auditioning, singing in front of people, and learning a fun dance. Our musical director will teach you the song you'll be singing for your audition, but if you would like to take a look at it beforehand, click here

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Bella Rupp at 269-243-8725. 


Thursday, July 27th, 2023 @ 7:30pm

Friday, July 28th, 2023 @ 7:30pm

Saturday, July 29th @ 2:30pm

The Franke Center for the Arts, Marshall, MI

James and the Giant Peach is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684

bottom of page