James and the Giant Peach by Ronald Dahl
James Henry Trotter, a recent orphan, has only two surviving relatives – his atrocious, pick-pocketing aunts Spiker and Sponge. Not a fan of children, the cruel and miserly aunts see James’ arrival as a source of income and free labor. The two women set James to work from morning to night. When they order him to chop down a peach tree in their front yard, James uncovers a book of magic potions. James mixes the potion and when he accidentally drops it by the tree a tremendous peach grows. The aunts seize the opportunity for yet another money-grab, but James, out of curiosity, enters the fruit by a mysterious doorknob and encounters an interesting cast of human-sized insects.
Personalities emerge ranging from the pessimistic and threatening Centipede, the proper and nurturing Ladybug, the wise and fatherly Grasshopper, the helpful, yet vilified Spider and the gloomy Earthworm. The peach breaks off from the tree and rolls into the ocean! Realizing they must learn to work together and be resourceful, James leads the eclectic group with clever and creative problem-solving. Meanwhile, fearing retribution from the cash advances they received for peach publicity that never came to “fruition,” the mean aunts flee on a first-class cruise to New York. Things come to a head when James and the insects and the aunts disembark in New York and confront each other.
- Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m.
- Friday, December 2 at 3:30 p.m.
All performances take place in Baker Theater.
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