The Alliance Theatre’s family series will present “James and the Giant Peach,” a one-act musical based on the Roald Dahl novel, on Saturdays and Sundays from March 14 to 29.
It’s the story of a young English orphan and his magical journey with friendly, human-size insects while being chased by his villainous aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Actors and puppets bring the insects to life.
“What is family? This question is one that remains in James’ mind and heart through all of his many madcap adventures,” said director Rosemary Newcott, the Sally G. Tomlinson artistic director of theater for youth and families. “And the answer is one that is definitely worth a trip in a giant peach.”
Playing James is 12-year-old Benjamin Harding. Sponge is played by Jewish community member Wendy Melkonian, known at the Alliance for her performances in “Sister Act — The Musical” and “Seussical,” among others.
Tickets, ranging from $20 to $35, and more information are available by visiting alliancetheatre.org/giantpeach or calling 404-733-5000.