James and the Giant Peach is a popular children’s novel written in 1961 by British author Roald Dahl, same guy who came up with Willy Wonka. The original first edition published by Alfred Knopf featured illustrations by Nancy Ekholm Burkert. However, there have been various reillustrated versions of it over the years. It was adapted into a film of the same name in 1996. The plot centers on a young English orphan boy who enters a gigantic, magical peach, and has a wild and surreal cross-world adventure with six magically-altered garden bugs he meets. Originally titled James and the Giant Cherry, Dahl changed it to James and the Giant Peach because a peach is “prettier, bigger and squishier than a cherry.”
Robert Vance, ARTS Owner, worked with a local high school theatre troupe on their production of this play by providing his lighting, audio, and scenic expertise. Robert has been working in the theatrical setting for numerous years and worked with a number of high school level theatrical productions in the past.
This production included a number of sound effects and atmospheric sounds – Birds flying over head, the ocean, etc. The lighting included effects, such as lighting, ocean, etc. There were a number of scenic elements that were achieved through some puppetry – Birds flying, a plane flyby, the Empire State Building appearing out of nowhere, etc. There were other larger-than-life scenic elements – the big peach, a two story silhouette of a house, a giant silhouette of the house on a hill, etc.