A gigantic house-sized peach, worms, lady bugs and sharks…there’s no doubt that the Middle School’s Drama Guild is in the midst of a true adventure as they work on their adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved children's book, "James and the Giant Peach."
Sixth grader Davian Romero plays the character of James, who is forced to live with his terrible aunts after the loss of his parents. When he is given a generous gift from a strange old man, James encounters a world of magic where huge insects can speak and a giant peach is their transportation. Audiences will be enchanted as James and his larger-than-life bug companions go on a life-changing journey. The transformative power of that experience is one of the reasons that director and Middle School theater teacher Ms. Brit Christopher chose this particular play. See photos from a rehearsal here!
“Almost all of Roald Dahl’s stories have these children who have some kind of unfortunate or sad childhood and then go on this magical journey that helps them and brightens them. So it makes me think of the power of the arts and the power of theater and that kind of transformation,” said Ms. Christopher.
"The cast and crew are really working together as a team to create this show. The actors really dig into their characters, and there are a lot of weird different parts which makes it a blast,” said Ms. Christopher. “Audiences can expect a lot of laughter and adventure!”
The story, at its core, has a message about joy and hope. As the characters embark on their adventures, along the way they become a family. The same can be said for the Drama Guild itself at St. John’s Prep. With High School students mentoring the younger students, a true sense of family and community has developed.
“The High School students really motivate the middle schoolers. The first week the High School students come to help out is when I see the biggest growth in the middle schoolers. I’d like to take credit for everything, but it is really the peer mentoring that takes the performance to the next level,” said Ms. Christopher.
To Know If You Go
Performances will run Friday, January 26 at 7 pm; Saturday, January 27 at 7 pm; and Sunday, January 28 at 2 pm. All performances are in Kaneb Theatre in Alumni Hall. Tickets are $10 general admission.
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JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH
From the book by Roald Dahl. Dramatized by Richard R. George.
JAMES...Davian Romero ‘24
NARRATOR...Jack Valentino ‘22
AUNT SPIKER...David Kane ‘24
AUNT SPONGE...Dan Pawlyk ‘23
GLOWWORM...John Calzini ‘22
EARTHWORM...Tommy Bachand ‘22
CENTIPEDE...Braeden Cheverie ‘22
GRASSHOPPER...Chris Pocharski ‘22
SILKWORM....Andrew Knox ‘22
OLD MAN/ENSEMBLE...Joseph Giardella ‘22
MOM/ENSEMBLE...Oliver Wauchope ‘23
DAD/ENSEMBLE...Sam Wehle ‘22
CAPTAIN/ENSEMBLE...Garrett Kelley ‘22
FIRST OFFICER/ENSEMBLE...Raoul Foster ‘24
SECOND OFFICER/ENSEMBLE...Bryan Wolf ‘22
PUPPETEERS/ENSEMBLE...Jordan Rochna, Jack Hartfelder ‘23, Griffin Callanan ‘22, Sean Buckner ‘22, Ben McGee ‘24
Director...Ms. Brit Christopher
Technical Director...Ms. India Lee
Stage Manager...Connor Perault ‘22
Set Design...Connor Perault ‘22, Joe Dalton ‘23, Noah Mootafian ‘23, Marco Zirpolo ‘23, Alex Bernstein ‘24, Jack Gregorio ‘24, Will Hayes ‘24, Matthew Long ‘23
Puppet Design...Will Lucas ‘24, Matt Bernstein ‘23, Harrison Wakefield ‘23
Lighting...Anthony Hayes ‘22, Will Conrad ‘23, Chris Collins ‘24
Sound Design...Lucas Massaro ‘24, James Trigilio ‘23, Jack Lockner ‘24
Makeup Design...Jack Laffy ‘22
Props/Costumes...Carter Newport ‘23, Henry Pizzo ‘23, Logan Kelly ‘24, Jack Laffy ‘22, Sam Tucker ‘24, Shiloh Ellis ‘24, Charlie Brenneman ‘24, Dave Terranova ‘22
Dr. Ed Hardiman, Dr. Keith Crowley, Mr. Jason Larocque, Ms. Beth Forbes, Ms. Sam Trapani, Ms. Jessaca Michaelsen, Ms. Cathy Carroll, Ms. Colleen Flynn, Ms. Alicia Greenwood, SJP Facilities Department, SJP Fine Arts Department, SJP High School Drama Guild.