James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

Event Details

Date: February 27 - March 1, 2020

Location: Edith Mortenson Center Theatre

Ticket Info: Adults $15 | Seniors (65+) $10 | Free for students K-12 and those with an Augustana ID

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The Augustana Performing and Visual Arts will present "James and the Giant Peach," on Feb. 27-March 1 in the Edith Mortenson Center Theatre.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 27-29, and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 29-March 1.

Roald Dahl's fantastic tale of a boy, his insect friends and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit.

Tickets for the event are $15 for adults, $10 for Seniors (65+) and free for students K-12 and those with an Augustana ID — and are available at augietickets.com.

About James and the Giant Peach

James Henry Trotter lives with his two horrid aunts, Spiker and Sponge. He hasn't got a single friend in the whole wide world. That is not, until he meets the Old Green Grasshopper and the rest of the insects aboard a giant, magical peach!

"James and the Giant Peach" was Roald Dahl's first classic novel for children. Although "The Gremlins" is sometimes referred to as an earlier example of his writing for children, "James" was Roald's first conscious attempt to write for a younger audience after several years of writing primarily adult short stories. Roald started writing it in 1959 after encouragement from his agent, Sheila St Lawrence.

In the orchard at Roald's home in the Buckinghamshire countryside, there was a cherry tree. Seeing this tree made him wonder: what if, one day, one of those cherries just kept on and on growing bigger and bigger? From giant cherries Roald also considered ever-increasing pears and even apples, but eventually settled on a giant peach as the method for James's magical journey. The book is dedicated to his two eldest daughters, Olivia and Tessa. It was first published in 1961 to glowing reviews and marked the beginning of his prolific career as a children's author.

"James and the Giant Peach" is still a favourite more than 50 years later. In 1996, an animated film version featuring the voices of Simon Callow, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Lumley, Miriam Margolyes, Pete Postlethwaite and Susan Sarandon was released, while David Wood's theatrical adaptation remains popular, playing across the UK.