Theatre in the Grove is proud to present its “master-peach,” a production of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach JR. A delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, James and the Giant Peach. This is a fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends, and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. The musical was adapted to student performers by educational musical theater firm iTheatrics under the supervision of Timothy Allen McDonald.
Earthworm…..Quentin Van Dyke
Spiker…..Athena Van Dyke
The most Fan-tas-marific and Remark-u-lous Ensemble Players:
Abra Freeman, Alayna Izen, Althea Harrelson, Andrew Inman, Aubrey McLain, Bryn Woods, Elanor Wilger, Gwendolyn Woods, Hallie Bartell, Hannah Timm, Irene VanDyke, Lindsey Vuylsteke, Luella Harrelson, Madelyn Lambert, Madison Howarth, Mikala Hoffman, Nathan White, Nicolas Tognoli, Paloma Paz-Rickard, Peri Wineland, Rylie Bartell, Sam Dennis, Sophia Buhler, Sydney Timm, Thomas Tollefson, Vito Bair
Forest Grove, OR (February 3, 2017) – Directed by Jeanna Van Dyke, the show features music and lyrics by the Tony-nominated songwriters Justin Paul and Benj Pasek and book by Timothy Allen McDonald. James and the Giant Peach JR. is based on the beloved book by Roald Dahl and tells the story of a young orphaned child who finds a loving family in a most peculiar way. Sent by his mean, conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, James discovers a magic potion which results in a tremendous peach occupied by some not-so-normal characters. From the center of the gigantic fruit, James and the unlikely crew launch a journey of enormous proportions. Together they discover that while we are all born into a family, we then go on to create a family of our own.
“Behind its wit and whimsy, James and the Giant Peach explores some sophisticated themes. How do we define our family? How we start over after a big loss? We’ve always planned to make it available for performance by schools and educational theaters groups as soon as possible, because – and we think Roald Dahl would agree – young people are capable of amazing things,” says Justin Paul who co-wrote the music and lyrics for the musical with Benj Hasek.
Says McDonald about the show, “I was a dyslexic student who hated reading when my third grade teacher, Mrs. Spencer, introduced me to the wonderful world of Roald Dahl. His stories instilled in me a love of reading and I have never looked back.”
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: March 3 – March 12, 2017
Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for seniors (60 and over) and youths (17 and under).
The box office is open on Wednesdays 4 to 6 p.m. and one hour before each performance.