Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach

May 8 - 17, 2020

Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays | 3 p.m. Sundays

Mackey Theater

When James finds himself magically transported into a gigantic peach, he discovers human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities! Thanks to James' quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. Featuring a score by the Tony Award winning team of Pasek and Paul; (Dear Evan Hansen, The Greatest Showman) critics rave: James and the Giant Peach is a "masterpeach!"

Creative Team

  • Book: Timothy Allen McDonald

  • Music & Lyrics: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

  • Director: TBA

Beck Center for the Arts – one of the oldest continuously running Youth Theater in the nation - is proud to announce our 71st Anniversary Youth Theater season for 2019 - 2020!

 Beck Center Youth Theater alumni include: Michael Chernus (Orange is the New Black; Manhattan ), Isabela Moner (Dora and the Lost City of Gold;Transformers: The Last Night), Rory O’Malley (Hamilton; Tony Nominee, Book of Mormon); Daniel Reichard (Drama Desk Nominee, Jersey Boys); and Alice Ripley (Tony Winner, Next to Normal).

 Audition Information:

To schedule an audition please contact Sarah Clare, Associate Director of Theater Education at or 216-521-2540 x 27.


Words and Music by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

Book by Timothy Allen McDonald

Based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Direction and Musical Direction by Jordan Cooper

Choreography by Sarah Clare

Fridays, May 8 & 15, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturdays, May 9 & 16, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

Sundays, May 10 & 17, 2020 at 3:00 pm

Student Matinee: Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
Auditions are open to students ages 6 – 19.*

Auditions: Saturday, February 8 (2:00-5:00- or 6:00 pm) & Sunday, February 9 (12:00-3:00 pm or 12:30-3:30 pm), 2020

Callbacks: Monday, February 10 (5:00-8:00 pm), 2020

All cast members are required to attend all performances.

*Please note: Youth Theater roles are only eligible to students who will be enrolled in our Fall 2019 semester. Actors do not need to be enrolled at the time of the auditions, however, participation in the actual production does require Beck Center enrollment in our Fall 2019 semester. Students do not need to be specifically enrolled in a Theater class at Beck Center to qualify. Students enrolled in a Fall 2019 semester class in Beck Center’s Dance, Music and Visual Arts Departments are equally eligible.

Bottom line:  if you are accepting a role in the show, you will need to enroll prior to the start of rehearsals. Any questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Clare, Associate Director of Theater Education, at

Our Fall 2019 catalog is available online at

 Unlike some other youth theaters, there is NO additional participation fee required beyond enrollment.


For more information please contact Julie Gilliland at (216) 521-2540 x22