|Set design for James and the Giant Peach by Francois-Pierre Couture|
.The hero of our story is James Henry Trotter—a lonely nine-year-old orphan who has lived with his ghastly aunts, Sponge and Spiker, ever since his parents met their fate in the mouth of a rampaging rhinoceros. These crotchety old crones make poor James slave for them and never let him play with other children. One day, a mysterious stranger presents him with a bag of glowing green crocodile tongues—the strongest magic the world has ever known. When he accidentally spills them on the ground near the barren peach tree in his yard, the most marvelous things start to happen.
|Centipede costume design by Angela Balogh Calin.|
Director Casey Stangl is approaching David Wood’s adaptation in a way that emphasizes the humanity in the story. Angela Calin’s costumes anthropomorphize the insects, retaining a sense of the human actor beneath them to evoke the characters bug characteristics rather than literally displaying them. Francois-Pierre Couture’s set will feature the giant peach in all its glory, accompanied by Tom Ruzika’s lighting design and Peter Bayne’s sound design and additional compositions. The poems found within Dahl’s original are present and set to music by Josh Schmidt, with musical direction by Deborah Wicks La Puma. Director Stangl has also assembled a fantastic cast of SCR veterans—that happens to include two married couples! You can read more about the cast here.
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