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James and the Giant Peach
By DAVID WOOD from the novel by ROALD DAHL
Directed by WHIT MacLAUGHLIN
On the F. Otto Haas Stage
December 10, 2008 - February 8, 2009

From the author of the Arden's smash hit The BFG, another of Roald Dahl's beloved books comes to vivid life on the Haas Stage. Young orphan James is sent to live with his horrible Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. Life is hard until a mysterious stranger arrives. Suddenly, magic abounds and James finds an ENORMOUS peach growing in his yard containing talking insects – and his remarkable adventure begins!

Best enjoyed by families with children ages 5 and older.

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Critical Acclaim–

"Sock-'em high-tech effects... it tickles your imagination... engrossing... wonderfully evocative... charming." –Philadelphia Inquirer

"Marvelously directed by Whit MacLaughlin, this clever retelling of James's adventures in a traveling peach is brimming with spectacular special effects and family fun... tremendous, funny and outrageous." –Press Focus

From Our Audience–

"Our grandchildren were so honored to be guest ushers at the play. The first thing they said to us as we drove back home is 'when can we do that again?' The Arden Theatre is truly a family that we are so happy to be a part of." –Gloria and Dan

"My daughter had a wonderful time... she really liked the show. In fact, she didn't stop talking about it the rest of the weekend! It was a great production and great night!" –Jacqui

"I became childlike for a couple of hours and had a wonderful evening. The children were mesmerized with so many questions. Keep on educating and entertaining the world." –Paulette

"I loved the play... I personally thought Aunt Sponge was funny." –Noah, age 7

"We've read the book, seen the movie and now we've been able to see this story come to life on your stage. My kids LOVED it (they are 8 and 6). Thanks for bringing Philly such great children's theater." –Carolyn

"I loved your play ...I had a great time. Oh my gosh you people are such good actors!" –3rd grade student, 8 years old

"This was the BEST play I have seen in my 9 years of coming to the Arden with my own children and with our 3rd graders." –Jen, 3rd grade teacher

Behind the Scenes–

Go behind the scenes of James and the Giant Peach with Jason Peifer of WRTI.  [Listen]
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James and the Giant Peach
Cast
Oberon Adjepong
Frederick Andersen
Stephanie English
James Ijames
Brian Osborne
Ceal Phelan
Amanda Schoonover
Harum "RJ" Ulmer

Set Designer
Matt Saunders
Costume Designer
Christal Weatherly
Lighting Designer
Brian J. Lilienthal
Video and Sound Designer
Jorge Cousineau
Composer/Music Director
James Sugg
Musical Arranger/ Associate Sound Designer
Daniel Kluger
Assistant Director
Meghan Walsh
Stage Manager
Elana Wolff


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PECO Energy

OUR COMMUNITY PARTNER:
Target

AND OUR MEDIA PARTNERS:
Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News & Philly.com
B101-FM WXPN Kids Corner from WXPN
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