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Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Presents James and the Giant Peach

Apr 15, 2019 11:45AM ● By WLMagazine

PRESS RELEASE- James and the Giant Peach is ready to set sail at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, larger and more musical than you’ve ever experienced before!

Roald Dahl’s beloved tale follows young orphan James who is forced to live with his wicked Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge. His new life of slavery takes a hopeful turn, however, in the form of an oversized peach, courtesy of a mysterious spellbook.

Dahl’s themes of family and belonging ring as true here as ever helped along by the music of Tony Award® nominees Benji Pasek and Justin Paul (you may recall their acclaimed work in the films La La Land and The Greatest Showman). Their score in James and the Giant Peach will have you singing along in no time, perhaps even wishing that you, too, could set sail in a magic fruit.

On May 1, Civic Theatre presents Low Sensory Night.  Low Sensory Night is an evening where the script and entertainment never changes, but the environment does.  Reduced sound volume, adjusted lights, and an opportunity to learn about the show ahead of time making this production a more pleasant experience for individuals with diverse sensory needs and their families/caregivers.  For more information on this special night contact the Civic Theatre Box Office (616 222-6650).  Seats are limited for this performance. 

Guest director, Jolene Frankey notes, “This production is filled with bright, full, and catchy music.  The talented cast includes actors of all ages from 10 to adults, and they sound amazing. It really is magical fun for the whole family.” 

See how this fanciful story unfolds on stage, playing April 26 - May 5! Order your tickets now at!

                               JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH CAST LIST

Performer                                                                            Character

Ellie Browe                                                                                              Ensemble

Trey Butka                                                                                              Ensemble

Darla Carrier                                                                                          Sponge

Kaeleigh Casavant                                                                                Ensemble

TJ Clark                                                                                                    Spiker

Joey Collins                                                                                            Ensemble

Elizabeth Foster                                                                                    Ensemble

Jonathan Foster                                                                                    Ensemble

Luke Furness                                                                                          Ensemble

Nathan Furness                                                                                     Ensemble

Parker Hammond                                                                                 James

Jonah Howel                                                               Ensemble/ James Understudy

Rebekah Karel                                                                                       Ladybug

Austin Kibby                                                                                           Centipede

Maria Leigh                                                                                            Ensemble

Wil MacKeigan                                                                                      Earthworm

Avery Nienhuis                                                                                     Ensemble

Carson O’Brien                                                                                      Grasshopper

Blithe Pluger                                                                                          Ensemble

Nate Reynolds                                                                                       Ladahlord

Emelia Shaw                                                                                          Ensemble

Aaron Siebelink                                                                                    Ensemble

Stephanie VanderMyde                                                                     Spider

Amaya Wiseman                                                                                  Ensemble

The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s mission: We are committed to enhance the cultural life of West Michigan by creating opportunities for people to enjoy live theatre performances using community artists, and to provide access to a comprehensive theatre arts education program for all ages.