James and the Giant Peach
Venue or organization:
The North Augusta Cultural Arts Council’s production of “James and the Giant Peach” will be performed June 23-25 at Fox Creek High School. The play, adapted by David Wood to continue the saga of Roald Dahl’s classic tale, features James, the narrator, as well as insect characters Miss Spider, Old-Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybird and Earthworm. The play picks up where the Dahl classic leaves off, with James and his friends living in the giant peach stone in New York City’s Central Park. A tour guide brings a party of tourists (the audience) to see this major attraction, and James and his friends relate how they came to live in New York. The insects play the other roles, including James’ cruel Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, and the epic journey across the Atlantic is acted out with live action, puppetry and storytelling. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, June 23; 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 24; and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and under and may be purchased beginning May 25 at Park’s Pharmacy, Jim Bush Flowers and the Heritage Center in the North Augusta Municipal Building. They also may be purchased online at naartscouncil.com/theater. The cast includes John Neichniedowicz in the title role, along with Jeff Collins, Delaney Crews, Edese Jean Grant, Kris Harwood, Morgan Holley, Miles Lloyd, Kelly Sherrod, Deb Tonini and Taylor Williams. The play is directed by Julie Gazda and stage-directed by Harwood. The production manager is Angela Burkhalter. For more information, call (803) 507-4316.