Photo Flash: JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH Flies Into Berkeley Playhouse

Berkeley Playhouse continues their tenth anniversary season of professional theater for family audiences with the East Bay premiere of the newly enhanced theatrical telling of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach, featuring new songs from the Oscar® and Tony Award-winning team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul(Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen, Film: The Greatest Showman, La La Land), and book by award-winning playwright Timothy Allen McDonald (Jim Henson's Emmet Otter, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley).

Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), this all-new musical adventure is this season's most oversized, fantastical, magical, must-see musical for the entire family! Sent to chop down an old fruit tree by his cruel and devious aunts, young James discovers a magic potion that turns an ordinary peach into a massive, oversized GIANT-and a doorway to a land where anything is possible. Befriending talking grasshoppers and singing ladybugs, James and friends plan an escape-only to discover that leaving one foe behind can bring about new challenges. Performances run Friday through Sunday, and select Thursday evenings, beginning April 6, 2018. Press night will be held on Saturday, April 7 at 7pm. Tickets (ranging from $22-$40) are available by calling (510) 845-8542 x351 or by visiting online at www.berkeleyplayhouse.org. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

Helming the production is Berkeley Playhouse Founding Artistic Director, Elizabeth McKoy. "James is truly the centerpiece of our 10th anniversary season, as it encapsulates and reflects everything we strive for at Berkeley Playhouse. It's a rich, captivating and instantly loveable musical for any age theatergoer, and has deep literary roots from one of our most masterful storytellers. But truly, it rang true to our mission as it has a potent underlying message of acceptance-of not being afraid to befriend and trust those unlike yourself. That acceptance, combined with trust among friends-no matter who they are-can help you conquer any monster, and bring a community together. When we saw that the creators of this incredible work went back to their wonderful one-act musical and developed it into this phenomenal, fully realized new work, we knew we had to add it to our season and introduce this fun and delightful work to East Bay audiences."

Continuing their goals of making theater affordable for all community members, Berkeley Playhouse includes two low-cost preview performances (April 6 at 7pm and April 7 at 1pm), and offers two Pay What You Can performances, Thursday, April 19 and 26 at7pm.

ABOUT BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE: Founded in 2007 by professional theatre actor, director, and teacher for over 25 years, Elizabeth McKoy, Berkeley Playhouse's mission is to create theatre and programs that engage, ignite, and celebrate diverse Bay Area audiences through a thriving conservatory, a professional main stage season, educational outreach, and a commitment to the development of new family musicals. In support of our mission, we maintain and enhance the historic Julia Morgan Theater. A commitment to community, diversity, inclusion, and empowerment is at the heart of our work.

Photos by Cheshiredave Creative.

Photo Flash: JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH Flies Into Berkeley Playhouse
Heather Orth, MATT STANDLEY

Photo Flash: JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH Flies Into Berkeley Playhouse
The Cast of JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

Photo Flash: JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH Flies Into Berkeley Playhouse
ELLIOT CHOATE

Photo Flash: JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH Flies Into Berkeley Playhouse
VIDA MAE FERNANDEZ, BRIAN A.E. MILLER, CHRISTIAN ARTEAGA

Photo Flash: JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH Flies Into Berkeley Playhouse
ELLIOT CHOATE, Caroline Schneider

Photo Flash: JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH Flies Into Berkeley Playhouse
BRIAN E.A. MILLER, ELLIOT CHOATE



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