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James and the Giant Peach JR. opens April 27

Theatre Company to take on two Roald Dalh-based musicals this month at Rotary Theater

TCOE Theatre Company Spring Production

The Theatre Company is preparing to bring to the stage two musicals inspired by popular and quirky Roald Dahl books: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach JR. Opening April 27 with four shows, the production will feature a pre-show with musical selections from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory performed by younger students. Following the pre-show performance, 4th through 12th grade students will perform James and the Giant Peach JR. This musical is the work of Oscar and Golden Globe winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, composers for the musical movie La La Land.

James and the Giant Peach JR. is the story of an orphaned boy sent to live with his conniving aunts, Spiker and Sponge in Dover, England. When James is sent to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a giant peach which rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant peach across the ocean to New York City, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way. Once he lands in New York, James must face his aunts again.

Evening performances of James and the Giant Peach JR. will be held on April 27, 28 and 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the Rotary Theater, located at 330 South Dollner Street in Visalia. A matinee will also be performed at 2:00 p.m. on April 29. Tickets for the production will be available April 10 at the Mooney Boulevard office (6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia) or the Educational Resource Services office (7000 Doe Ave., Visalia) during normal business hours. Tickets are $12 per person for general admission seating.

For more information, call the Theatre Company at (559) 651-1482.

Photo above:
~ Greedy and conniving Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge take in their orphaned nephew James in the musical
James and the Giant Peach JR. (l-r) Aunt Spiker is played by El Diamante High School senior Bobbi Gonzalez, James is played by Eleanor Roosevelt Community Learning Center fourth grader Zion Sears and Aunt Sponge is played by Exeter Union High School senior Emily King.