James & the Giant Peach
directed by Jane Baker
November 4,5,6 and 11,12,13, 2011
James, a lonely orphan, living with his wicked aunts, is given a special bag of magical crocodile tongues. He spills them at the base of an old peach tree, and is delighted when an enormous peach appears! James climbs on board and a slew of outrageous adventures begins! Tickets available online.
tickets: $12 adults, $10 seniors, $8 students
dates and times:
11/8 special 10 am performance for school groups (this performance is not open to the general public), reservations required by 11/4, please call 802-246-6398 x 107 to reserve.
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’James and the Giant Peach’ opens at NEYT
By NICOLE GREENIA
BRATTLEBORO -- In a crowded classroom at NEYT, a group of energetic kids and hard-working directors strongly resemble what goes on in Roald Dahl’s book about a packed peach, crazy bugs, a good-hearted young boy, and the adventure they take together.
NEYT’s latest adventure is a production of "James and the Giant Peach," starting Friday and running through Sunday, Nov. 13,, at the New England Youth Theatre on Flat Street.
"The play is the perfect play for people of any ages and is a very family-oriented play," said Nick Bombicino, who is assisting Jane Baker with directing the play. "The play is about fun, and it’s about humor."
The play has a cast of 21 energetic kids ages 9-13 many of whom get to play insects. It is based on the book written by Roald Dahl.
"There’s nothing in the play that the author didn’t have in the story," said Bombicino.
"James and the Giant Peach" is about a young boy whose parents are gobbled up by a rhinoceros, and he is left with his evil and abusive aunts. He discovers a man who gives him tiny green crocodile tongues which he spills on the ground on his way home. A giant peach grows and James climbs inside it beginning an adventure with a cast of bugs. The bugs look to James to solve their problems while at the same time they are helping him.
"It is a triumph over adversity. It is a feel-good show where he triumphs over his circumstances," Bombicino said.
"James and the Giant Peach is the perfect play for a younger group of kids, and it has a lot of imagination and clowning," Bombicino said. "There is also melodrama, and the play is colorful as well as dramatic."
Helping make it colorful and dramatic is well-known illustrator John Gurney, who has created a backdrop of two-dimensional and three-dimensional scenery.
"Working with John is great," said Bombicino. "It sort of reminds me how lucky I am to both live here and work here."
Gurney has written and/or illustrated more than 100 books including "Dinosaur Train" and "The Bailey School Kids."
Bombicino said the kids have a lot of energy, and they keep him on his toes. "Though the challenges make it worth it," Bombicino said. "But just because you are kids doesn’t mean you can’t act professionally."
Also bringing a proffesional touch is Phoebe Martel, a high school student, who is creating the costumes for the play. Bombicino said that the costumes have come out great so far. Wait till you see the dancing centipede! The play also uses a lot of toys, and there is a lot of humor and singing and dancing.
"It’s a fantastic story," said Bombicino. "And an excellent story makes for a good play."
The NEYT is performing the play James and the Giant Peach on riday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors, $8 students. They can be purchased at www.NEYT.com or 802 246 6398 extension 107.
Nicole Greenia is a senior at Hinsdale High School who is earning classroom credit at the Reformer through an innovative program offered through schools in New Hampshire.