Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

SOPA Auditions


Fall 2018 SOPA Show - James and the Giant Peach Jr. 


James and the Giant Peach Jr.

Auditions: Friday, September 14, 2018

Callbacks: Sunday, September 16, 2018

A Metropolis School of the Performing Arts Production - By Kids for Kids

Words and Music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul • Book by Timothy Allen McDonald • Based on the book by Roald Dahl


When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way.

Audition Info:

Auditions are open to students (grades 1 thru 12) currently enrolled in the SOPA Fall 2018 Session. This can be any full-session class or lesson.

Fee: Once cast, there is a $75 materials fee – this is to offset the cost of costumes, props, set, scripts, etc.


What to Prepare/Memorize:

32 bars or less (no more than 60 seconds each) from 1 or 2 contrasting musical theatre songs or classic standards.

*An accompanist will be provided. Please bring accompaniment parts in the appropriate keys, and please mark the start and end clearly. All auditionees must have sheet music or an accompaniment track without words.*

AND 1 of the monologues listed here:



***Songs and Monologues are preferred to be memorized.***


UPDATE - Dance Call:

The Dance Call will now take place during the audition. Auditionees will learn a quick dance combination to a song from the show, and perform it for the Directors. Please wear comfortable clothes for movement, with dance shoes, closed toe shoes, or sneakers with socks. No sandals, flip-flops, clogs, or other loose fitting shoes.


Audition Times:

Auditions are on Friday, September 14th.

Gr. 1-2 audition time: 4pm-4:30pm

Gr. 3-5 audition time: 4:45pm-5:45pm

Gr. 6-12 audition time: 6:15pm-7:30pm

*Auditionees are required to stay for the entire time slot; students audition in a group setting. If you are unavailable for a particular time slot, please notify us.

Audition Form:

The Audition Form must be filled out and brought to the audition. Printed copies will be available at the sign-in table.

The rehearsal, tech, and performance dates are included – please be sure to include all conflicts, and if they can be rescheduled.



Callbacks are on Sunday, September 16th between 11am-2pm. Callbacks are by invitation only. Along with the invitation will be sections of songs and sides to prepare.

*Auditionees will be notified about callbacks via email after all Auditions have concluded.


Rehearsal Dates:

Fridays from 4pm-7pm

Sundays from 1pm - 4pm

Tuesdays from 4pm-7pm

*starting Friday, September 21st

Tech Week: *attendance is mandatory for the dates listed below*

Sunday, November 4th – 1pm - 4pm – Spacing

Monday, November 5th – 4pm-8pm – Q2Q

Tuesday, November 6th – 4pm-8pm – 1st Dress

Wednesday, November 7th – 4pm-8pm – Final Dress & Pictures

Performances: *attendance is mandatory for the dates listed below*

Thursday, November 8th @ 10am & 6pm

Friday, November 9th @ 10am & 6pm

Saturday, November 10th @ 1pm

*please note there are 2 performances during the day – a school excusal letter will be sent home.

Contact Dan (Education Production & Camp Coordinator) to be added to the Audition List.

Call: 847.577.5982 x243


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