James and the Giant Peach is sure to have you amazed! Adapted by David Wood from Roald Dahl’s popular children’s story, James and the Giant Peach tells the story of James Henry Trotter and his incredible escape from his evil aunts.
James and the
Giant Peach will be directed by Kelsey Steffan.
Performance dates are March 10, 11, 12* and 17, 18, 19* 2017.
Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 P.M.
matinee performances are at 2:00* P.M.
Ticket prices are
$16 for adults and $10 for students/senior/military.
*Blue Book coupons apply only to our adult priced tickets.
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• By JACI WEBB firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a moment in “James and the Giant Peach”
when a line of ukulele players strolls into the Roebling Theater
at NOVA Center for the Performing Arts mixing Roald Dahl’s wacky
poetry with melodic chords.
That scene will play out again
and again during the production, which opens Friday and runs
through March 19.
The script didn’t call for the ukuleles or
the music, but that’s the beauty behind children’s theater —
young people are encouraged to bring their innovation. When that
youthful energy is paired with experienced hands like director
Kelsey Reid Steffan, it's magic. Dahl would likely be thrilled.
Steffan and Bekah Kellison-Decker grew up at NOVA, much like
their young cast is doing. Steffan, 24, performed in her first
show at age 8. She met her assistant stage manager Seja Foster
when Steffan was a sophomore in high school teaching kids at
summer camp. Foster was 5 or 6 years old, and one of Steffan's
most promising students.
“It’s so cool working with kids
like Seja, knowing what they’re capable of,” Steffan said.
Dahl’s 1961 novel was turned into a fantasy musical film in
1996, keeping the same sweet story line of young James Henry
Trotter and his big dreams. The stage production was not
scripted to include music, but Steffan’s crew wanted to see what
they could create. A small band will perform original songs
backstage and the ukulele players will perform out front with
poetry and music throughout the production, with the exception
of one poem that will be rapped.
“James and the Giant
Peach” takes a magical peach and James and his insect friends on
an incredible journey. Dahl’s story reveals the wickedness of
some, the goodness of others, and the indecision encountered
when faced with a crisis.
Steffan said she looks to theater,
especially children’s theater, to teach and learn empathy.
“We have to teach empathy. It is needed now more than ever
before," she said. "Theater makes you feel attached to something
outside of yourself, so you care about something bigger.”
cast ranges in age from third-graders through high school
seniors. Karlee Albertson plays James. Choosing a girl for the
role of James wasn’t a difficult decision for Steffan, who said
she looked for the best actor to play the part. And she got it.
“When they auditioned, I said, ‘I don’t care your age or
gender.’ I rely on my actors to tell this story so there are
more chances for them to be creative.”
Steffan's cast loves to throw in ad-libs, and sometimes they’re
so good, she keeps them.
“I tell them, ‘Make the choice.
If I don’t like it, I’ll say so,’” Steffan said.