Country School’s ‘James and the Giant Peach’ opens Friday
EASTON — Giant insects from The Country School musical “James and the Giant Peach” entertained children Tuesday, Feb. 14, at story time at the Talbot County Free Librar y.
The musical will open at the school Friday, Feb. 24, and run for two weekends.
“James and the Giant Peach” is based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl, written in 1961. It is the tale of a boy, his giant insect friends and their journey across the ocean on a giant, juicy piece of fruit.
James (Finn Theeke), loses his parents in a freak accident and is sent to live with his awful aunts, Spiker (Greta Schneider) and Sponge (Isabelle VanEmburgh). A strange man named Ladahlord (Chillian CuthbertEmon) appears in James’ miserable life and encourages him to try a magic potion. The experiment goes wrong and ends up creating giant insects: a ladybug (Heleah Soulati), a grasshopper (Aiden Loeser), a spider (Sofia Angarita), an earthworm (Galen Marquess) and a centipede (Aiden Peters).
In the meantime, a peach magically grows to outrageous proportions in James’ backyard, and he and his new friends climb inside through a small door. The peach detaches from its tree and rolls down the hill, over the cliffs of Dover and into the sea. The unintentional traveling companions are off on a thrilling transatlantic ride to New York City, discovering much about themselves, each other and the meaning of family.
Rick Osborne directs the musical; Pamela Harrison is the assistant director.
Performances will be at 7 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 24 and March 3, and 3 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 26 and March 5.
Tickets are $10, and available online at www.countryschool.org or at the door.
Karen Sutter’s small work, “Southern Magnolia” and Robert Shaffer’s agate necklace complement each other in this display. Winners of the raffles for entries in the Small Works Exhibit at the Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts in Centreville will be announced Saturday, Feb. 25, during a drawing and artists reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The proceeds from the ticket sales go to support the Arts Council.