ROALD DAHL’S JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, TYA
September 20 – October 20, 2019
Words and Music by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
AN ADVENTURE OF ENORMOUS PROPORTIONS!
Capture the journey of a lifetime as we kick-off our season with one of Roald Dahl’s most heartwarmingly quirky stories. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach and launches a voyage of gigantic proportions. During their cross-ocean travels, James and the peach’s oversized insect residents encounter hunger, sharks and loads of disagreements, and James must learn to use his quick wit to finally land on New York’s Empire State Building. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score from the creative team of The Greatest Showman and Dear Evan Hansenthis adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery will charm one and all.
James and the Giant Peach-TYA is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
Georgia Becker (Ensemble), Faith Culbertson (Spiker), Mia Dougherty (Ensemble), Edric Duffy (Ensemble), Lillian Hochman (Earthworm), Ella Kozak (Ensemble), Isabella Larson (Ensemble), Sadie Nelson (Spider), Alanna Nyberg (Ensemble), Lindsay Odegaard (Sponge), Trent Ramert (Ladahlord), London Rogers (Ensemble), Sam Rosewarne (Ensemble), Arianna Sanford (Ladybug), Jon Schumacher (James), Laura Silmser (Centipede), Daniel Untiedt (Grasshopper) and Mazzy Wagner (Ensemble)
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – Sandy Boren-Barrett, DIRECTOR – Melanie Salmon-Peterson, STAGE MANAGER – Emily Sullivan, PUPPET DESIGNER – Kim Ford, PROPS DESIGNER – Jim Hibbeler, TECH DIRECTOR – Gretchen Katt, SET DESIGNER – Mina Kinukawa, MUSIC DIRECTOR – JC Lippold, COSTUME SUPERVISOR – Christa Ludwig, CHOREOGRAPHER – Laura Mahler, LIGHTING DESIGNER – Grant E. Merges, COSTUME & MAKE UP DESIGNER – Stacey Palmer
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TIPS & RESOURCES TO ENJOY THE SHOW
- READ THE BOOK, LISTEN TO THE MUSICAL SOUNDTRACK & WATCH some of the movies that have been made.
- WATCH: Video Teaser
MELANIE SALMON-PETERSON (DIRECTOR) – AT STC: Recent credits include: Leo Lionni’s Inch by Inch, The Most Magnificent Thing, Stone Soup, Swimmy, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Bear Snores On, and at FAIR School Crystal James & the Giant Peach Jr & Lion King Jr.” Favorite Play or Musical at STC: Favorite I cannot pick, but several are special to me for a variety of reasons – Stone Soup for its dedication to community service and the wonderful opportunity to perform a the Ivey Awards. Swimmy-stunning design work and a wonderful ensemble with which to create, Dandelion Seed as our first TFVY, working with Jim & Nate & Abbee to create it; Zen Shorts for its zen-like process, so peaceful and beautiful to work on; Edward Tulane for its visual beauty; How I Became a Pirate – both here and on the tour to Bath, England; You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, beautiful, entertaining and so much talent. Wow, I better stop now. I could go on.
ROALD DAHL (Book Author) Roald Dahl was a spy, an ace fighter pilot, a chocolate historian and a medical inventor.
He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, and a treasury of original, evergreen, and beloved children’s books. He remains for many the world’s No. 1 storyteller.
Born in Llandaff, Wales, on 13th September 1916 to Norwegian parents, Dahl was named after Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian who had been the first man to reach the South Pole just four years earlier.
He attended boarding school as a young boy—first to St Peter’s, Weston-super-Mare; then, in 1929, to Repton—where pupils were invited to trial chocolate bars, a memory that stayed with Dahl throughout his life, inspiring Charlie and th e Chocolate Factory.
In his early adulthood, Dahl’s lust for travel took him first to Canada, then to East Africa, where he worked for an oil company until the outbreak of World War Two. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force at 23 years old and his service continued throughout the war.
In 1953 Roald Dahl married the American actress, Patricia Neal, with whom he had five children. They divorced after 30 years, and he later married Felicity “Liccy” Crosland, who has furthered Roald’s legacy.
Starting in 1961, he started a burst of literary energy with James and the Giant Peach followed by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Roald then wrote screenplays for You Only Live Twice and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as well as adult novels such as Kiss Kiss.
Fantastic Mr. Fox was published in 1970, the year before the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was released. The rest of the decade saw the publication of many other classics, including Danny the Champion of the World, The Enormous Crocodile, and My Uncle Oswald.
Roald also enjoyed enormous success on television. Having already had his stories told in six episodes of the award winning US series Alfred Hitchcock Presents, his Tales of the Unexpected ran in the UK for several series between 1979 and 1988.
In the early 1980s he published The Twits, Revolting Rhymes, The BFG and The Witches. There followed two autobiographical books: Boy, in 1984 and Going Solo, in 1986. Matilda was published in 1988, Esio Trot in 1990, and finally, in 1991, came the posthumous delight of The Minpins.
Roald Dahl died on 23 November 1990, aged 74. He was buried in the parish church of St Peter and St Paul in Great Missenden—the Buckinghamshire village where today The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre continues his extraordinary mission to amaze, thrill and inspire generations of children and their parents. – Courtesy of roalddahl.com
BENJ PASEK & JUSTIN PAUL (Words & Music) Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Golden Globe Award-winning songwriters Benj Pasek & Justin Paul are best known for their work on Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land, and The Greatest Showman. Their songs “City of Stars” and “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land (with collaborator Justin Hurwitz) were both nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and “City of Stars” garnered both the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture. Pasek & Paul won the 2018 Golden Globe for Best Original Song for “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman, which was also nominated for the 2018 Academy Award for Best Original Song and most recently for the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Upcoming projects include the live-action movie musicals Aladdin and Snow White at Disney, and an original animated musical at Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios.
On Broadway they composed the score for the six-time Tony Award-winning Dear Evan Hansen, their highly acclaimed original musical for which they received an Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award, and the Tony Award for Best Score.
Their albums for Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land, and The Greatest Showman appeared in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, the latter of which held the #1 spot for multiple weeks in a row. The Dear Evan Hansen Original Broadway Cast
Recording won the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and The Greatest Showman Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which was recently nominated for the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual
Media, is certified Platinum in over a dozen countries, including Double Platinum in the US, Australia, and Taiwan, Triple Platinum in Ireland and Singapore, and Quadruple Platinum in the UK and Korea.
Pasek & Paul had their Broadway debut in 2012 with their Tony-nominated score for the Broadway musical A Christmas Story, an adaptation of the classic holiday film, further adapted into a live telecast for FOX in 2017. Their new song written for the telecast, “In the Market for a Miracle,” was nominated for the 2018 Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. In 2013, they contributed several songs to NBC’s Smash, and received great acclaim for their musical Dogfight which was awarded Off-Broadway’s highest honor, the Lucille Lortel Award for Best New Musical. Their earlier theater credits include the children’s musical James and the Giant Peach and the popular song cycle Edges. Pasek and Paul went on to receive a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Special Class – Short Format Daytime Program for the song “Unlimited,” featured in an Old Navy YouTube campaign. In 2017, the songwriting duo composed a song for the CW’s musical episode of The Flash, and also wrote “Get Back Up Again” for the DreamWorks animated film Trolls. Among their numerous honors, in 2007 they became the youngest winners ever of the famed Jonathan Larson Award for most promising musical theater songwriters.
Both are graduates of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Program and currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Dramatists Guild Foundation. – Courtesy of mti.shows.com
TIMOTHY ALLEN McDONALD (Musical Book Writer) – Timothy Allen McDonald is an award-winning playwright (Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter, Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach) adaptor of over 65 musicals (highlights include Guys and Dolls JR., Getting to Know…The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz YPE, and Les Miserables School Edition).McDonald is also an accomplished director (Dear Edwina produced by multi-Tony award winner Daryl Roth, and The Phantom Tollbooth at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts) and a leading authority on musical theater education. In 1996 McDonald was recruited to develop Music Theatre International’s Education Division to create age-appropriate adaptations of musicals. In 1997 McDonald founded iTheatrics to continue and expand the work he began at MTI by developing educational musical theatre adaptations and resources for Tams-Witmark, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Samuel French. McDonald is the founder of the Junior Theater Festival, the world’s largest festival exclusively dedicated to young people performing musical theater which is held annually in Atlanta, GA. Believing that every child everywhere should have access to quality arts programs, Tim has developed several nationwide initiatives which build sustainable musical theater programs in underserved schools. – Courtesy of www.mtishows.com