The Douglas Morrisson Theatre continues its 2013-2014 season with James & the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl's Fantasy Adventure for Children dramatized by Richard R. George. Directed by the 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.

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre is excited to launch its pilot children's theatre program with James & the Giant Peach. Following extensive outreach to the Hayward-Castro Valley-San Lorenzo school districts, response from local educators has been tremendous. On April 1st through 3rd, James & the Giant Peach will play to over 800 third and fourth graders for special school performances. On Friday through Sunday, April 4th through 6th, performances will be open to the general public. James & the Giant Peach is performed at the University Theatre, Cal State East Bay, Hayward Campus, located at 25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard, in Hayward, California 94542.

On Saturday April 5, 2014, meet some of James & the Giant Peach's live friends from Sulphur Creek Nature Center in our lobby before the 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday April 5, 2014.

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 - an epic adventure on a flying giant peach they'll never forget.

James & the Giant Peach is based on the much-loved 1961 classic children's novel by master storyteller Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In 1996, following the book's great success, Disney made the story into an animated film. DMT's production features Richard George's dramatic adaptation, which preserves the wonderfully rich characterizations of Dahl's original story.

Photo by Terry Sullivan

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