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March 25, 2014 > A fantasy adventure for children

A fantasy adventure for children

Young James escapes from his dreary life with Aunts Spiker and Sponge, meets a magical stranger with a bag filled with mysterious crocodile tongues, has an unexpected accident, grows the largest peach in the world, climbs into a hole in the side of the giant fruit and is greeted by Centipede, Spider, Earthworm, Grasshopper, Glowworm and Ladybug. Join James and his insect friends as they embark on a wildly enchanting and magical journey Ð an epic adventure on a flying giant peach theyÕll never forget.

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre (DMT) continues its 2013-2014 season with ÒJames & the Giant Peach,Ó Roald DahlÕs fantasy adventure for children dramatized by Richard R. George. Directed by Dawn Monique Williams, the play features an ensemble of local performers: Janelle Aguirre, Jordan Battle, Rebecca Fox, Don Hardwick, Amir Hasan, Travis Himebaugh, Carlos Joachin, Danny Martin, Joe Metheny, and Belgica Rodriguez.

DMT is excited to launch its pilot childrenÕs theatre program with this production. Following extensive outreach to the Hayward-Castro Valley-San Lorenzo school districts, response from local educators has been tremendous. On April 1-3, ÒJames & the Giant PeachÓ will play to over 800 third and fourth graders for special school performances. April 4-6, performances will be open to the general public.

ÒJames & the Giant PeachÓ is based on the much-loved 1961 classic childrenÕs novel by master storyteller Roald Dahl, author of ÒCharlie and the Chocolate Factory.Ó In 1996, following the bookÕs great success, Disney made the story into an animated film. DMTÕs production features Richard GeorgeÕs dramatic adaptation, which preserves the wonderfully rich characterizations of DahlÕs original story.

Meet some of JamesÕ live friends from Sulphur Creek Nature Center in our lobby before the 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, April 5.

Reservations are required for all school performances. For information, please contact

Tickets are $10 - $15 with discounts available for seniors, students, TBA, KQED members, and groups (10+). Visit and enter promo code "peaches" for a 2-for-1 discount.

James & the Giant Peach (School Performances)
Tuesday, Apr 1 Ð Thursday, Apr 3
9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
University Theatre
Cal State East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward
(510) 881-6777
Reservations required

James & the Giant Peach (Public Performances)
Friday, Apr 4 Ð Sunday, Apr 6
Apr 4: 8 p.m.
Apr 5: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Apr 6: 2 p.m.
University Theatre
Cal State East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward
(510) 881-6777
Tickets: $10 - $15

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