Riverside Theatre For Kids presents ‘James and the Giant Peach’


Performances  April 27 & 28 and May 4 & 5


Based on the classic children’s book by Roald Dahl, the musical version of James and the Giant Peach tells the story of a young English orphan boy who discovers a magical potion when he is sent by his wicked aunts to cut down a fruit tree. The potion grows a gigantic, magical peach that rolls into the ocean and starts James on a wild and surreal cross-world adventure along seven magically-altered garden bugs he meets along the way.

“We are excited to be presenting this new musical for the first time on the Treasure Coast,” says Kevin Quillinan, Riverside Theatre’s Director of Education and one of the directors of this production. “It has a score written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, two newer music theatre composers. They also wrote A Christmas Story the Musical, which we just presented in December to sold out crowds. Their shows are fun for kids to perform, but also quite challenging to our students as it pushes their talents in new directions.

“One of our greatest joys as an organization is to see our students grow and prosper with challenging material. This is a unique show that allows our cast to work on storytelling, character building, and display a wide range of emotions.”

The Riverside cast includes: Jessah Jean Moore (James), Zane Morrow (Ladahlord), Bailey Walker (Spiker), Cristina Pines (Sponge), Emma Fini (Spider), Emily Rose Olsson (Grasshopper), Alison Niederpruem (Ladybug), Xaria Arielle Reason (Earthworm), Angelina DuBois (Centipede), Aileen Diaz (Matron Nurse), Emma Durand (Billy Bobby Cop), Nia Poley (Bobby Bobby Cop), Catie Lincoln (Lucille Von Kooglestein), and Kyra Powell (Bunny Mackenzie the Third).

The ensemble cast includes: Kelsey Albrecht, Megan Cournoyer, Skylar Endres, Kristina Gregg, Daylan Haake, Kenzie Hall, Aleah Rose Hilliard, Rebecca Hurley, Avi Johnson, Rebecca Kaylor, Serenity Lewis, Charlotte Nafe, Holly Ottoson, Sarah A. Phillips, Caitlyn Powell, and Chantal Werner.

Riverside’s production is Directed by Kevin Quillinan, Najha Kay Forby and Chris Robertson. The design team includes: Sydnee Elder and Kimmy Zerega (Choreographers); Deborah Quillinan, Shivam Patel and Ali Walker (Music Directors); Emily Perry (Scenic Design); Emily Westing (Costume Design); Ben Bosch (Lighting Design); Andrew Stroud (Sound Design); Leighanne Westermeyer (Props Design); and Laura Scott (Stage Manager).

James & the Giant Peach performs April 27 & 28 andMay 4 & 5, 2018 on the Anne Morton Stage at Riverside Theatre. Tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or online at http://www.riversidetheatre.com.

Performance Schedule:

April 27 & May 4 @ 7pm

April 28 & May 5 @ 2pm & 5:30pm

Riverside Theatre’s new KIDSPOT activity area will be open one hour after each performance. KIDSPOT is designated for kids 12 and under where kids can participate in a specially designed craft and receive a complimentary snacks included in the price of admission. KIDSPOT is sponsored by Marine Bank and Trust.

Riverside Theatre is located at 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963. Riverside Theatre programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Riverside Theatre is a member of the Florida Professional Theatres Association, the Cultural Council of Indian River County, the Indian River Chamber of Commerce, and the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce.

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