If you're looking for a fun, family-friendly experience this December, look no further! James and the Giant Peach is sailing into Martinsville's historic Depot Theatre with a story that will delight kids of all ages. Roald Dahl's much-loved children's story comes hilariously to life on stage in this dramatization that reveals the wickedness of some, the goodness of others, and the indecision encountered by many when they are faced with crises.
Join James Henry Trotter as he escapes from his mean Aunt Spiker and cruel Aunt Sponge, encountering a whimsical group of giant talking insects along the way. The group finds themselves aboard an enormous peach in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Bound for New York City, James cleverly keeps the peach out of danger on its fantastical journey. Along the way, you'll meet wise Old-Green-Grasshopper and pessimistic Earthworm, along with Miss Spider, Ladybird the ladybug, Glow-worm, Centipede and Silkworm.
Don't worry - there's a very helpful Narrator (a storyteller, motivator, emcee and friend-to-the-audience) to help you keep things straight as the story progresses.
Presented by the Merry MAC Players, Martinsville's community theatre group, and the Martinsville Arts Council, this youth production is brought to life by 21 very talented young actors, ranging in age from 2nd grade to 12 grade, at the historic Depot Theater. The unique, cozy venue is a former train depot turned intimate performance venue located just blocks off the courthouse square in Martinsville. Performances will at on Dec. 6-8 and 13-15.
Advance sale tickets are available online at merrymacplayers.org. Get yours soon before they all float away! (Seriously, at least two scheduled performance are already SOLD OUT!) Enjoy dinner and a show with a special offer from (where else?) Peachy's Place on the courthouse square. A special package including show tickets, dinner and dessert is available online for only $25 per person. The Dinner and a Show package is available for Friday and Saturday performances only.