Coun­try School’s ‘James and the Gi­ant Peach’ opens Fri­day

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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.

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