JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH Set for Hangar Theatre's KIDDSTUFF Series, 8/1-3

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH Set for Hangar Theatre's KIDDSTUFF Series, 8/1-3

Complementing the 2013 Mainstage season, Hangar Theatre presents a magical series of live theatre for young audiences based on favorite children's stories. The KIDDSTUFF series continues with Roald Dahl's beloved children's classic, James and the Giant Peach playing August 1-3 at 10am and 12pm. For tickets and information visit HangarTheatre.org or call 607.273.4497.

See Roald Dahl's beloved story come to life! Young James Longs to escape when he is sent to live with his two loathsome aunts by the sea. After a mysterious man appears with a bag of magic, a peach - and the bugs living inside it - grow to an enormous size. Together, James and his new friends embark on a fantastic journey sure to delight.

The summer KIDDSTUFF season continues with sparkling performances of The Wiz, a "super soul" musical version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, August 15-17. Performances run Thursdays through Saturdays at 10am and 12pm. Most KIDDSTUFF performances are recommended for children aged 4 and uP. James and the Giant Peach is recommended for children aged 7 and up.

Tickets are $7 and can be purchased online at www.HangarTheatre.org, by phone at 607.273.4497, or in person at Ticket Center Ithaca on the Downtown Commons as well as at the Hangar Theatre Box Office one hour before show time. All KIDDSTUFF performances take place at the Hangar Theatre, located at 801 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca, NY 14850.

The Hangar Theatre's commitment to making theatre accessible for the entire community is represented though our Pay What You Can (PWYC) program. Patrons may pay what they can afford to see a show. The Saturday noonperformances of KIDDSTUFF are all reserved for PWYC thanks to the generosity of our KIDDSTUFF PWYC sponsor Ithaca Bakery. A limited number of PWYC tickets are available. Tickets may be purchased at the Hangar Theatre box office one hour before curtain.

The Hangar Theatre is committed to providing exceptional theatre experiences of high professional quality to enrich, enlighten, educate, and entertain the diverse audience in the Finger Lakes region and beyond. Strong education and training programs are central parts of our commitment to the local and national artistic communities. Visit our website at www.HangarTheatre.org for more information.

David Wood (Playwright) has been called "the national children's dramatist" (London Times). His plays are performed worldwide and include The Gingerbread Man, The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner, Save the Human, and The Ideal Gnome Expedition. Among his adaptations are eight Roald Dahl stories (The BFG, The Twits, The Witches, Fantastic Mr. Fox, James and the Giant Peach, Danny the Champion of the World, George's Marvellous Medicine, and The Magic Finger), Dick King-Smith's Babe, The Sheep-Pig, Eric Hill's Spot's Birthday Party, HRH the Prince of Wales' The Old Man of Lochnagar, Philip Pullman's Clockwork, Judith Kerr's The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Olivier Award nomination 2012), Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You, the award-winning Tom's MidnightGarden (from Philippa Pearce's novel) and Michelle Magorian's Goodnight Mister Tom. His book Theatre for Children (Faber) is a set text on both sides of the Atlantic. Film screenplays include Swallows and Amazons and the award-winningBack Home (from Michelle Magorian's novel). For the Queen's 80th birthday, he wrote The Queen's Handbag, broadcast live from Buckingham Palace Gardens to 8 million BBC 1 viewers. With Richard Taylor he adapted L P Hartley's The Go-Between, which won Best Musical Production, Theatre UK Awards 2012. His children's books include Mole's Bedtime Story, Funny Bunny's Magic Show, and A Present for Father Christmas, and he regularly visits schools with the message "BOOKS ARE FUN!" He also performs The David Wood Magic and Music Show in theatres all over the UK. As an actor David played on stage opposite Sir Michael Redgrave in A Voyage Round My Father, on the big screen with Malcolm McDowell in IF... and on the small screen, starring opposite Shelley Winters in The Vamp. He is Chair of Action for Children's Arts. In 2004 he was awarded the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Visit his website at www.davidwood.org.uk.

Jamila ReddY (Drama League Director) is a director, poet, dramaturg, and teaching artist hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina. She was the 2012 Artistic Apprentice at The Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. She has directed Stopgap by Danielle Mohlman, Kind of Blue by KuaMel Stewart, and for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange. She has assistant directed with David Muse, Leah C. Gardiner, Susan Fenichell, Serge Seiden, and Tom Quaintance. She is the proud coach of Woodrow Wilson High School's spoken word poetry slam team in Washington, D.C. She holds a BA in Dramatic Art and Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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