James and the Giant Peach is the first production in FYT’s 2013-2014 Signature Series and is on stage from Friday, July 26 through Sunday, August 11.

James and the Giant Peach is written by Roald Dahl, adapted by David Wood and directed by Samuel J. Richardson. James and his insect friends, the GIANT grasshopper, earthworm, spider and centipede, all go on a GIANT adventure across the Atlantic Ocean in a GIANT peach.

James and the Giant Peach performances are Friday, July 26, August 2 and 9, Saturday, July 27, August 3 and 10 at 7:30 P.M. and Sunday, July 28, August 4 and 11 and Thursday, August 8 at 2:30 P.M. An Opening Night Reception will follow the July 26 performance and a conversation with the creative team and Genesee County Parks Naturalists will follow the July 28, August 2 and 10 shows. Genesee County Parks will have live bugs for patrons to view and learn about prior to the performances on July 28, August 2, 4 and 10. Performances are at Flint Youth Theatre, 1220 East Kearsley Street, on the campus of the Flint Cultural Center.

Advance tickets for James and the Giant Peach are $12 for children, $14 for teens, senior citizens and Veterans and $16 for adults and are available at Flint Youth Theatre, by calling 810-237-1530 or online at FlintYouthTheatre.org. Day of performance tickets are $14 for children, $16 for teens, senior citizens and Veterans and $18 for adults.

Director’s Thoughts
James and the Giant Peach
 will be directed by FYT Education Director, Samuel J. Richardson. Speaking about the role of childrens’ imaginations and sense of magic in Dahl’s work, Richardson said, “Raised as a child in England, I grew up reading and re-reading the works of Roald Dahl. The book that always fascinated me most was James and the Giant Peach because of the marvelous magical journey that he and his new-found friends went on. I am impressed by how Dahl is able to make children’s sense of the world come to life in dramatic and comedic detail. He shows how children can impact those around them while using the spark of playfulness to take some of the sting out of the harsher realities of a child’s life.” Richardson also shared a quote of inspiration from Dahl, “Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

Scenic and lighting design for James and the Giant Peach is by FYT Executive Artistic Director, Jeremy Winchester, costume design is by Guest Artist, Amber Marisa Cook and sound design is by FYT Associate Artistic Director, Rodney Creech.

James and the Giant Peach is sponsored by Susan D. Wood and Pete Hutchison. Flint Youth Theatre’s 2013-2014 Signature Series is sponsored by Health Alliance Plan with support from the James A. Welch Foundation. FYT’s Building Bridges Community Partner is Genesee County Parks.  The Building Bridges Community Partner Program is made possible in part by the Ruth Mott Foundation.

STUDENT CAST AND CREW                     

Kalyn Brown – Flushing
Kenneth D. Brown – Flint
Chelsea Campbell – Burton
Sam Carter – Waterford
Audrey Eckel – Flint
Kyle A. Gavulic – Goodrich
David A. Guster – Flint
Christion Hiler – Flint
Dominique Hinde – Flint
Nori McLellan-Ball – Flint
Jasmine McNeal – Grand BlancLayla Meillier – Flint
Macy Scot Mortimer – Davison
Isaiah A. Proctor – Flint
Kate Spademan – Flint
Mikaela Stewart – Grand Blanc
Danielle Szabo – Flint
Enrique J. Vargas – Flint

About Flint Youth Theatre
Through public performances, school matinees and acting classes, Flint Youth Theatre’s resident professional company serves students age 2 through college, and audiences of children and families, teens and adults.  Imaginative, daring and insightful, the main-stage Signature Series of plays for all audiences are drawn from literature, folklore, fantasy, history and social issues.

For more information about Flint Youth Theatre or to reserve tickets to James and the Giant Peach, call 810.237.1530 or visit FlintYouthTheatre.org.

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