TCOE brings “Giant Peach” theaters
visalia – Roald Dahl was the author of both “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “James and the Giant Peach.” Both of these beloved and quirky stories have been made into musicals which the Tulare County Office of Education’s (TCOE)Theatre Company is set to perform this month.
Opening April 27 with four shows, the production will feature a pre-show with musical selections from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” performed by younger students. Following the pre-show performance, 4th through 12th grade students will perform “James and the Giant Peach Jr.” This musical is the work of Oscar and Golden Globe winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, composers for the musical movie La La Land.
“James and the Giant Peach Jr.” is the story of an orphaned boy sent to live with his conniving aunts, Spiker and Sponge in Dover, England. When James is sent to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a giant peach which rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions.
James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant peach across the ocean to New York City, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way. Once he lands in New York, James must face his aunts again.
“I absolutely love the writing style of the songs in ‘James’,” said Charlotte Garcia Da Rosa, who directs the production. “They’re catchy with quick-witted lyrics and memorable melodies. Our cast has embraced this dark yet heartwarming musical comedy with passion and dedication.
There are many standout performances in this show and some fun extras, including puppetry and a little bit of magic!”
Evening performances of “James and the Giant Peach Jr” will be held on April 27, 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. at the Rotary Theater, located at 330 South Dollner Street in Visalia. A matinee will also be performed at 2 p.m. on April 29. Tickets for the production will be available April 10 at the Mooney Boulevard office (6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia) or the Educational Resource Services office (7000 Doe Ave., Visalia) during normal business hours. Tickets are $12 per person for general admission seating. For more information, call the Theatre Company at (559) 651-1482.