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January 9, 2018 > StarStruck presents ?James and the Giant Peach?

StarStruck presents ?James and the Giant Peach?

Submitted By Helen Chang

Just in time to lift spirits after the holiday frenzy, StarStruck Youth Performing Arts?Fremont?s premier musical theatre company?brings to life the adventure-filled family classic ?James and the Giant Peach,? on stage at the Smith Center at Ohlone College over three weekends January 13 ? 28.

From Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the Academy Award-winning songwriting team that brought audiences to their feet for ?La La Land? and the hit Broadway musicals ?Dear Evan Hansen? and ?A Christmas Story,? comes an all-new exciting tale of friendship and discovery based on the beloved story by Roald Dahl (?Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,? ?Matilda,? ?BFG? and many others).

Sent to chop down an old fruit tree by his two devious aunts, young James discovers a magic potion that turns an ordinary peach into a massive, oversized giant! Finding himself at the center of this enormous peach and surrounded by singing, life-sized insects?with even larger personalities?the peach falls from the tree, rolling into the nearby ocean and launching James and his new friends on a journey of epic proportions.

They face hunger, sharks, and plenty of disagreements along the way, while learning about communication, courage, and self-discovery. ?James and the Giant Peach? is a lyrical, hummable, and fantastical musical for all ages.

?Among the many special features of this show, I'd like to highlight a few," said Lori Stokes, StarStruck founder/artistic director. "To capture the feel and drama of the story, we incorporated the use of several kinds of puppetry, including hand and shadow puppets, and a diorama puppet show, to illustrate some of the more harrowing moments of the peach. Also, our long-time designer Stephen Wathen and builder Mark Aragon have built an impressive peach, one big enough to showcase the characters' out-sized personalities! Watch especially for the hysterical antics of the wily aunts Sponge and Spiker.?

In the title role is 12-year-old Christopher Apy, a sixth grader at Fremont?s Azevada Elementary School and a veteran of professional and amateur productions including a six-month run of ?Peter Pan? (Michael) at Tuacahn?s ?Broadway Under the Stars? in Utah. Aunts Spiker and Sponge are played by 18-year-olds Sierra Bolar and Aija Le, respectively. The 47 cast members range in age from 9 ? 23 and hail from Fremont, Newark, Pleasanton, Livermore, and Union City.

StarStruck music and vocal director Nancy Godfrey is back in the ?pit? leading a live 24-piece orchestra.

Tickets, $28 ?$32, and additional information are available online at There is special pricing on January 19 and 26 ? all seats $25. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. This show is recommended for ages 6 and over (no babes in arms).

James and the Giant Peach
Saturday, Jan 13 ? Sunday, Jan 28
7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m.
Smith Center at Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont
(510) 659-1319
Tickets: $28 ?$32

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