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Volume 26, Number 6 — June 2019

Arts Calendar

"James and the Giant Peach" at Knoxville Children's Theatre

Date(s):  May 31 - June 16, 2019
Location:  Knoxville, TN

KNOXVILE, TN — Knoxville Children’s Theatre presents a live stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s novel “James and the Giant Peach,” dramatized by Richard R. George. The play is performed May 31 through June 16: Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m.

This amazing adventure of James Henry Trotter fulfills the fantasy of anyone who has ever dreamed of escape. Dahl's story comes to life 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. You will see James (as he cleverly gets the Peach out of danger), the wise Old-Green-Grasshopper and the pessimistic Earthworm. You will also see James' mean Aunt Spiker and cruel Aunt Sponge come to a suitably sticky end.

The play is performed by 16 young actors, from ages 8 to 14. Daniel Snoderly plays James Trotter. The insects he meets in the peach pit are played by Diego Almieda (Old Green Grasshopper), Lily Segars (Centipede), Aubrey Jones (Spider), Leeland Robbins (Ladybug), Ben-Giovanni Miller (Earthworm), Cooper Delamain (Silkworm), and Julia Lance (Glowworm).

The rest of the cast features Lydia Burchett, Corbin Fram, Miley Jenkins, Ethan Johnson, Millie Lovett, Truman Ball, Braxxton Sommers, and Micheal Wolitz.

The play is directed by KCT alumna, Jennifer Cunic. The production team includes Set Designer Boone Sommers, a West High School sophomore, and Maryville High School sophomore Eric McGhee who designs the lights. Costumes are designed by West High students Jaden Branson, Sophie Foster and Madelyn White. The sound designer is Max Harper, a freshman and L&N Stem Academy. The play’s stage manager is Grace Christian Academy student, Alex Montgomery.

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