James and the Giant Peach Jr.by Roald Dahl
Families with Children ages 6+
Show Approx Run Time
55 min, no intermission
February 12 & 13th, 2022
James and the Giant Peach Jr.
words and music by BENJ PASEK & JUSTIN PAUL
book by TIMOTHY ALLEN McDONALD
based on the book by ROALD DAHL
Directed by KATIE OBERLANDER
Musical Direction by KAMDEN DENNIS
When young James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers magic crocodile tongues that launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces danger, sharks, and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once the big peach lands in the Big Apple.
Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach Jr. plays Saturday February 12th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm and Sunday February 13th at 2:00pm. Performances are indoors at Gloucester Stage Company at 267 E Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. All attendees over the age of 12 y/o must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent COVID-19 Negative Test and all guests are required to wear a mask while indoors.
Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short-story writer, poet, screenwriter, and wartime fighter pilot. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide. Dahl was born in Wales to affluent Norwegian immigrant parents, and spent most of his life in England. He served in the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the Second World War. He became a fighter pilot and, subsequently, an intelligence officer, rising to the rank of acting wing commander.
He rose to prominence as a writer in the 1940s with works for children and for adults, and he became one of the world’s best-selling authors. He has been referred to as “one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century”. His awards for contribution to literature include the 1983 World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement and the British Book Awards’ Children’s Author of the Year in 1990. His children’s books champion the kindhearted and feature an underlying warm sentiment.