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Watch out for giant traveling fruits! Theater 29 begins its 2022-23 season with Roald Dahl’s classic, “James and the Giant Peach.”
The family-favorite musical will open Theater 29’s highly anticipated 2022-2023 season.
Theater 29 and Director Katie Fleischman are thrilled to announce the cast of the highly anticipated first production of the upcoming season, “ROALD DAHL’S JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH.”
Based on the beloved 1961 children’s book, the musical playfully recreates Dahl’s coming-of-age story and features a wickedly groovy score from the winning duo of Tony Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a huge peach, human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, and a journey of enormous proportions.
The role of James will be performed by Liam Keeren, a regular on the main stage at Theater 29 and alumnus of the Summer Youth Theater. Portraying magical storyteller Ladahlord is Noah Wahlberg, having graced the stage in recent 29 Theater productions of “RAPUNZEL” and “MIS-CAST,” among other singing and acting credits. Sabrina Olsen, seen recently in “MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS,” and Kat Cheek, who appeared in “CHRISTMAS CAROL” and “MIS-CAST,” starred as James’ comedic, villainous aunts Spiker and Sponge.
The Bug Infestation is portrayed by a ragtag cast of 29 seasoned theater veterans, including Andrew Perkins as the Rough Centipede, Joseph Rego as the Adorably Wayward Earthworm, Chris Fleischman as the light-hearted, light-footed grasshopper, Lisa Goldberg as the prim and Ladybug proper and Emily Sheckler as the sweet, brave spider. The ensemble also features an impressive cast of main stage regulars, including Jayme Bateman, Tyler Bateman, Cindy Daigneault, Catherine Inscore and Isla Keeran.
“ROALD DAHL’S JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH” will run weekends at Theater 29 from September 2-18 with performances Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at theatre29.org or by calling (760) 361-4151.
Reporting for Z107.7 is arts and entertainment reporter Charlie Thomas.