Weekend Showcase: Stages’ “James and the Giant Peach”
This Weekend’s Showcase takes place in a world of fantasy at Stages Theater Company.
“This is a show with a lot of moving parts both metaphorically and actually,” said director Melanie Salmon-Peterson . “The peach itself, getting it technically to work, and how the growing would work, and how it would look at the end, was really a big technical challenge to solve.”
In the story of “James and the Giant Peach” the main character James starts out in an orphanage. But he is soon adopted by his two aunts, who are horrible. His friends become bugs and through imagination and magic he takes a journey on a giant peach.
Jon Schumacher, who plays James, always gets feedback after the show when the cast goes to meet the audience.
“They say they like (the song) “Plump and Juicy” ’cause its really funny and when the aunts get smushed. Like, I’ll ask kids what their favorite parts are and then they’ll say ‘when Spiker and Sponge die,’” said Schumacher.
What 11-year-old wouldn’t like to see their life’s nemesis get smushed by a giant peach that rolls off the Empire State Building? To see a giant peach carry four giant insects, a giant worm, and a little boy on the adventure of a lifetime, get down to Stages Theatre for its production of “James and the Giant Peach.”
The Stages Theatre website has complete showtime and ticket information.
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