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2018 Summer Musical Theater Intensive

James and the Giant Peach

Join us at Northern Stage this summer for our celebrated professional-level theater training program! Over the course of 4 weeks, students will rehearse and perform James and the Giant Peach, a musical based on the beloved Roald Dahl book. This program is designed to extend the professionalism of our main stage to young actors, ages 10-18. There will be one week of performances of James and the Giant Peach on the main stage of the Barrette Center for the Arts.

DATES: July 2 – 29
TIMES: Click here for a sample calendar. ALL DATES & TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
REHEARSAL: 10am-5pm, July 2-20 (Monday-Saturday)
TECH: 9:30am-8pm, July 21-24 (Sunday 7/22 Day Off)
PERFORMANCE WEEK: 12-9:30pm, July 25-29
AGE RANGE: 10-18. This rigorous training program is designed for high school students, but actors ages 10 and up are welcome to audition.
TUITION: $1,200

About James and the Giant Peach
Based on Roald Dahl’s story of an orphaned boy who escapes his miserable life and becomes a hero, this fantasy adventure features an infectious score by Tony and Academy Award-winning song writing duo Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, A Christmas Story, La La Land). Renowned book writer Timothy Allen McDonald captures Roald Dahl’s whimsical style and quirky dialogue, bringing to life James’s colorful family of magically overgrown insects: a mothering ladybug, a mysterious spider, a fiddle-playing grasshopper, a cowardly earthworm, and a chronically complaining centipede. Their adventures aboard a delicious peach as large as a house takes them across the Atlantic Ocean and all the way to New York City. A delight for the whole family, this musical is an enchanting fable about the power of friendship.

NEW: Audition Process

In order give each actor the time and attention they deserve, and to ensure that every member of the SMTI company has opportunities to truly shine, we are limiting the number of actors in the program to 30. Since there will be more actors who are interested than we can accept, we will have an audition process. We believe this process will serve as a valuable learning experience for our young performers.

Audition Details & Preparation
Auditions: Saturday, February 17
To sign up for an audition slot, click here.

Please prepare the following for your audition:

  1. Your favorite contemporary musical theater song that features your vocal talents (2-3 minutes in length). An accompanist will be on-site, so please bring clearly marked sheet music in the correct key.
  2. 1 comedic or dramatic monologue (1-2 minutes in length).
  3. Two copies of your headshot and resume stapled together.

If you audition, Northern Stage will respond with one of two results by February 21:

  1. WAITLIST: You have not been accepted into the program at this time. You will be added to a waitlist and contacted if space becomes available.
  2. YES: You have been accepted into the program.

If you are accepted into the program, you have until March 7 to register and reserve your spot with a non-refundable $500 deposit. Full tuition must be paid by June 1st. To register, please call the Northern Stage Box Office at (802) 296-7000.

Video Auditions
Northern Stage welcomes actors from all over the country to participate in our Summer Musical Theater Intensive. If you are not able to audition in person, please send in a video with the required material by February 17 at the latest. Your video audition will be given equal weight to those auditioning in person.

For those who are accepted into the program, there will be a Character Casting Audition on Sunday, April 29th from 10 AM – 4 PM. More information about this audition will be sent following acceptance.

Technical Apprentice Program

Northern Stage believes the artistry that happens behind the scenes is just as important as the artistry on stage. We pride ourselves in having a fully professional and exceptionally gifted production staff, from our technical director, to our scenic artists, to our props master. We are excited to offer the second annual Technical Apprentice Program (TAP) in conjunction with our Summer Musical Theater Intensive production of James and the Giant Peach. This program is designed to train and inspire technical theater artists of the future. Stay tuned for information about this program coming in the spring. Join our e-newsletter to be alerted when registration opens for our education programs. To sign-up for our e-newsletter, click here.


Northern Stage offers a limited number of need-based scholarships for our Summer Musical Theater Intensive. If you are accepted into the program and need to apply for a scholarship, you have two weeks from the time you are accepted to submit a $100 non-refundable deposit and your scholarship application. The deadline for all scholarship applications is March 7.

Click here to print and mail your scholarship form.

We will announce all scholarship decisions by March 15.

Refunds and Cancellations: Please note that Northern Stage is not able to offer refunds. If you have any questions about your registration, please contact the box office before purchasing.

Questions? Contact the Box Office at or (802) 296-7000.