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Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH JR. is a brand new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic.
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.
JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH JR. is being presented March 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10, 2019 in the Hirt Theater at Bellevue Society for the Arts, 205 Maple Street. It is being directed by Cheryl Hansen-Showalter (Bellevue). Music Director is Michael Sooy (Old Fort). Assistant Director/Producer is Sheri Ammanniti (Bellevue). It is sponsored by Cornerstone Counseling.
The cast includes:
From Bellevue: Isaac Carson (Mr. Trotter/Willy Wonka/Jake), Madison Cassell (Lucille Van Kooglestein), Brooke Childers (Chorus), Ava Duffield (Ladies’ Garden Guild), Kadin Dugger (James March 8–10), Abigail Espinosa (Ladies’ Garden Guild), Delinda Gore (Spider March 1–3), Matthew Higgins (Earthworm), Aidan Kaufman (Karl Kreatour/Buzz/Ridgley Rapscallion), Gracie Missler (Violet Funkschmeller), Gabby Russell (Mrs. Trotter), Taylor Schlosser (Ida Walters March 8–10), Nathan Shanaman (Billy Bobby-Cop), Jenna Yost (Spider March 8–10)
From Berlin Heights: Fiona Shella (Doreen Driggles)
From Castalia: Sadie Stephenson (Ladies’ Garden Guild)
From Clyde: A.J. Reineck (Rhino/Chris Cryermouth/Joe)
From Flat Rock: Eva Hancock (Ladybug March 8–10)
From Fremont: Bella Paulsen (Chorus), Eden Sheidler (Aunt Spiker), Jackson Smith (Ladahlord), Reagan Smith (James March 1–3), Brie Wiersma (Chorus)
From Lindsey: Daphne Holland (Bitsy Botana), Zoë Holland (Ladybug March 1–3)
From Marblehead: Karlie Franks (Bobby Bobby-Cop), Kenzie Franks (Ida Walters March 1–3)
From Monroeville: Kendall Kelley (Matron Nurse)
From Old Fort: Clayton Sooy (Grasshopper)
From Sandusky: Meadow Maslinski (Bunny McKenzie III), Katelyn Showalter (Centipede March 1–3), Noelle Showalter (Centipede March 8–10)
From Whites Landing: Shayleigh Foreman (Aunt Sponge)
Tickets are $15 adults 18+, $10 adults 60+, and $5 children/students through grade 12. Call 419-484-2787.
BSA’s Tween Theatre is open to all children, ages 10–15, in any school system.
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