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James And The Giant Peach

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Raleigh Little Theatre will present Richard R. George's 1983 dramatization of the classic children's story James And The Giant Peach March 10-12, 16-19, and 23-26 its Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre. This entertaining play is based on the ingenious, irreverent 1961 story by popular and prolific British writer Roald Dahl (1916-90), the author of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (1964) and Matilda (1988) and screenwriter of the James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968).

RLT youth theater and education director Linda O'Day Young will stage James And The Giant Peach. She previously directed One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Sleeping Beauty, and The Story for RLT.

In addition to director Linda O'Day Young, the RLT production's creative team includes assistant to the director Tina McCraw, scenic and designer Rick Young, costume designer Vicki Olson, and stage manager Ellen Landau.

The Raleigh Little Theatre presentation of James And The Giant Peach stars Christian Scales as nine-year-old James Henry Trotter and Phil Lewis as the show's Narrator.

RLT writes, "When James Henry Trotter's mother and father [Kacie Taylor and Paul Slovensky] are killed in a tragic accident involving a charging rhinoceros, he is sent to live with his horribly cruel Aunt Sponge [Sherry Derry] and Aunt Spiker [Sarah Pace]. Life is very hard for poor James until one day he meets a very old man [Mason Park] who gives him a mysterious gift of the strongest magic ever! When James accidentally spills the magic onto the ground near the old peach tree, incredible things begin to happen. James then sets off on a wonderful journey inside a giant peach with his new friends, Old Grasshopper [Randy Bernard], Glow Worm [Allison Powell], Ladybug [Laura Jenkins], Centipede [Jim Reynolds], Silkworm, Spider [Lindsey Simpkins], and Earthworm [Christian Phipps]. James keeps the peach afloat and his friends out of danger as they sail all the way to New York City and a hero's welcome."

The 1996 animated motion-picture version of James And The Giant Peach, directed by Henry Selick for Disney, was released with the tagline, "Adventures this big don't grow on trees." The film earned a 1997 Academy Award® nomination for Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score (Randy Newman).

Raleigh Little Theatre presents James And The Giant Peach Friday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, March 11-12, at 1 and 5 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, March 16-17 and 23-24, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, March 18-19, at 1 and 5 p.m.; Saturday, March 25, at 1 and 5 p.m.; and Sunday, March 26, at 1 p.m. in RLT's Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh, North Carolina. $11 ($7 children). 919/821-3111 or http://www.etix.com/ticket/servlet/onlineSearch;jsessionid=CD463D158A0BD1194EF7AF1991BE60AF?action=venueSearch&venue_id =279&cobrand=RLT. NOTE: All performances are wheelchair accessible. RALEIGH LITTLE THEATRE: http://www.raleighlittletheatre.org/giantpeach.htm. ROALD DAHL: http://www.roalddahl.com/ and http://www.roalddahlfans.com/. BOOK: http://www.roalddahlfans.com/books/jame.php. PLAY: http://www.roalddahlfans.com/theater/jame.php. STUDY GUIDE (Children's Theatre of Cincinnati): http://www.thechildrenstheatre.com/onstage/2005_james_sg.html. INTERNET MOVIE DATABASE: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116683/.

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