The Arkansas Arts Center is hosting an event tonight featuring the Children’s Theatre production of James and the Giant Peach. The twist is that this event is for adults 21 and over.
Billed as “Giant Peaches and Fuzzy Navels” the event starts at 7pm with a reception. It will feature refreshments (including adult beverages which use peaches as ingredients) and a musical performance by Paul Morphis.
At 8pm, the production of James and the Giant Peach will start.
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.