CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University Theatre will kick off the 2016-17 season with a family-friendly adaptation of the quirky children's novel, "James and the Giant Peach."
The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 12; and 2 p.m. Nov. 12-13; in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.
The theme for the theater season is "Devising Our Dreams: Metamorphosis." In David Wood's adaptation of the classic tale by Roald Dahl, kindly young James lives in England with his two cruel aunts, Spiker and Sponge, until a mystical old woman gives him a bag of magic and everything changes.
James bravely embarks on an epic journey across the Atlantic Ocean accompanied by a group of eccentric bug friends for a new life in Central Park. The wild adventure, directed by Tinamarie Ivey, offers fun for the whole family and features colorful costumes, puppetry and original music.
The large cast of OSU students features principle players Rebecca Bright, as Camera Woman; Casey Collins as Spiker; Lindsey Esch as Tour Guide; Geneva Hall as Old Woman; Sidney King as Ladybird; Ben Lawrence as Centipede; Thomas R. McKean as Grasshopper; Annie Parham as James; Alex Small as Earthworm; Amy Stein as Sponge; Sarah Sutton as Miss Spider; and Alyssa Wallstrum as Reporter.
The ensemble actors and puppeteers include Maxine Agather, Ethan Baker-Hayes, Robert Czokajlo, Cheyenne Dickey, Moss Neill, and Margaret Preston.
Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, $8 for youth/students, and $5 for OSU students. Children under three will be admitted free with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Tickets are available through the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784. Contact the box office for disability access accommodations and/or group ticket sales. Tickets will also be available online beginning Oct. 17 at http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ.
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Elizabeth Helman, Elizabeth.Helman@oregonstate.edu