James and the Giant Peach Jr.
This month was a busy one for the Specials department as the students performed the first musical in our black box theater. The presentation of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach Jr. began on March 9th. Dahl is the author of many other beloved children’s books, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, and Matilda. The story of James originated from one of Dahl’s storytelling sessions that took place in a gypsy caravan called a vardo. Marburn’s Kevin Fish and Dr. Chris Geisler decided to keep with Roald Dahl’s traditions of storytime, and put their own unique twist on the production, by transforming the theater into a gypsy camp.
The musical ran through Saturday, March 11th. There were four performances and two open dress rehearsals for Marburn students over the three-day span. Each performance drew large crowds of faculty, friends, family, and Marburn Academy students. The principal roles of the show were played by Lydia Painter as James, Julian Weiss as Ladahlord, Sydney Crawford as Spiker, and Becca Solove as Sponge.
Overall, the play was a tremendous success due to the hard work and commitment of all who participated.
Special acknowledgment and appreciation are due to Mike Anderson for his amazing and generous work on set construction.