Valley Youth Theatre to present ‘James and the Giant Peach’

James and the Giant Peach (submitted photo)

James and the Giant Peach (submitted photo)

The Valley Youth Theatre is to present “James and the Giant Peach” Oct. 9-25 at its studio in Phoenix.

“James and the Giant Peach” is a lively musical about a young orphan boy who is forced to live with his evil aunts when his parents suddenly pass away. One day his mean-spirited aunts send him out to chop down their old fruit tree.

While out in the yard, his miserable existence takes a dramatic turn when he discovers a magic potion that creates a gigantic peach.

Suddenly, James finds himself inside the massive peach on a dangerous journey as it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean. Aboard the great traveling peach, he encounters human-sized insects whose personalities are equally oversized. In order to survive, they all must learn to live and work together as a family.

According to a press release, “James and the Giant Peach” is based on the children’s book written by Roald Dahl, whose other famous works include “Matilda” and “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory” otherwise known as Willy Wonka.

Showtimes are to be 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9; 12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 10, Oct. 17, and Oct. 24; and 12:20 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 11, Oct. 18, and Oct. 25.

The VYT is located 525 N. 1st St. in Phoenix.

Founded in 1989, Valley Youth Theatre is a professional-quality theatre company dedicated to helping young people achieve their full potential through meaningful engagement, education, and excellence in the performing arts.

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