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‘James and the Giant Peach’ playing at Broadway Palm

By Staff | May 4, 2016

“James and the Giant Peach,” by Roald Dahl, started as a classic children’s book. This story became a beloved film and now has morphed into a children’s theater musical production, which is currently delighting our kids at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. This is peachy keen offering, which features a super duper cast of the Palm’s favorites.

According to author Dahl, “those who do not believe in magic, will never find it.” Well in the case of “James and the Magic Peach” our young folks will easily believe in the magic of live theater. They will see a young, orphan, a boy named James (Collin Sanderson) off on a series of wild adventures trying to escape from two mean, nasty aunts; named aunt Spiker (Sami Doherty) and aunt Sponge (Kiersten Benzing). Desperate to belong to a family, James befriends a bunch of insects (yup BUGS). There is the somewhat prickly, human doubting Centipede (Jayar Garcia), friendly Ladybug (Danielle Barnes), an equally welcoming Spider (Megan Leigh Pattison) and a musical violin playing Grasshopper (Taylor Recktenwald), plus a scared stiff Earthworm (performed to wiggly perfection by Pasqualino Beltempo).

These creepy-crawlies turn out to be great fun and perfect friends and eventually adopted family for our hero James; as they go on hair raising adventures around the world.

This adventure tale is dear, even a bit bitter at times, somewhat edgy, but never saccharine sweet instead it enchants young audiences as it zigzags its way to a happy ending. My suggestion, I would read this story to the kids before attending this show so they’ll know what’s what and can follow more easily.

This show has a limited run. Following are dates and times:

“James and the Giant Peach:” May 4-6-7*-13

Buffet lunch for May 4-6-13 at 10:30. With a performance at 11:30; there is no intermission

May 7- Buffet lunch 12 p.m. with a performance 1 p.m.; again no intermission

Start to make plans for seeing “James and the Magic Peach” by calling the box office at (239) 278-4422 and when you phone remind “em Marsha sent you!

Oh big news the ticket prices for Children’s Theatre are lunch and show $19 for everyone!

Oh and by the way there are more great children’s shows planned for this summer season:

“101 Dalmatians” will be playing June 10,11,14,15,17,18, 21, 23, 24, 25, 28, and July 1

“The Wizard of Oz,” playing on the main stage from July 7 – Aug. 13, 2016.

This will be a full main stage production with regular Broadway Palm prices except for kids 18 and under at $20.

So parents and grandparents get ready to share the awesome treat of live theater with your kids and grandkids.