Back by popular demand, Carousel Theatre for Young People presents the family musical James and the Giant Peach over the holiday season. Here are five reasons we think you should go:
1. The musical is based on British author Roald Dahl’s popular children’s novel that tells the story of young James Henry Trotter who is forced to live with his two cruel aunts after his parents were tragically killed in a rhinoceros accident. Discovering a band of human-sized insects inside a giant peach, James sets off on an extraordinary adventure with his new-found friends.
2. The words and music for the show come from Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who are also responsible for another holiday favourite, A Christmas Story: The Musical which is currently playing another stage in Vancouver this holiday season.
3. The book for James and the Giant Peach comes from Timothy Allen McDonald, who is responsible for having adapted eight Disney animated shows for the stage.
4. Dahl was originally to write about a giant cherry, but decided on a peach because he thought a peach was “prettier, bigger and squishier than a cherry.”
5. Who better to bring this beloved children’s classic to life than the award-winning Carousel Theatre, a company that has been producing theatre for young people since 1976.
James and the Giant Peach plays the Waterfront Theatre until January 3. Visit http://carouseltheatre.ca for tickets and information.