A magical peach! An incredible journey! Young orphan James escapes the clutches of his horrible Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker when he finds an enormous peach growing in his yard containing talking insects. James, the wise Old-Green-Grasshopper and the pessimistic Earthworm begin a wild adventure to an unknown destination.
This magical tale comes to life at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre.
Broadway audiences are paying a small fortune to see a stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda. But Little Rock audiences can see Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach for $12.
The title character is played by Jeffrey Oakley. Mark Hansen and Aleigha Morton play his horrible aunts. Others in the cast are Garrett Flood as Old Green Grasshopper, Anna Tess Frost as Spider, Jeremy Matthey as Centipede, Jhonika Wright as Ladybird and Cassandra Nary as Earthworm.
David Wood has adapted Dahl’s story for the stage. The production is directed and designed by Alan Keith Smith. Erin Larkin designed the costumes, and Penelope Poppers is the lighting designer.
James and the Giant Peach opens tonight and runs through May 12. Public performances are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Bradley Anderson is the artistic director of the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre. Dr. Todd Herman is the executive director of the Arkansas Arts Center.