Students from The Davis Academy from The Mechina, kindergarten prep program to the eighth grade, gave four performances last month of “James and the Giant Peach, JR.” The audience included students, family, friends, alumni, and members of the Greater Atlanta community.
Under the direction of Kendrick Phillips, director of visual and performing arts, 150 cast and crew members brought the Roald Dahl classic to life in The Davis Academy Rosenberg Performing Arts Theatre.
“James and the Giant Peach” is a tale of courage, self-discovery, acceptance, family and friendship. It is a tale of what it truly means to be “living our values (spirit, community, wisdom, righteousness, respect) every day”.
“James’ journey and discovery of hidden strengths and character values mirrors our Davis core values and is the perfect conduit for our children to put into action what they learn each day,” Phillips said. “James is a resilient young boy full of hope who has suffered a tremendous loss. He makes the best of what he has while dreaming of a brighter future. Along his journey from losing family, to finding family, to choosing family, he realizes he has the power to change his situation and live a more fruitful life surrounded by those who share his values, moral compass, and positive, compassionate disposition.”
In this performance, the importance of family and friendships is emphasized along with the themes of love and loss and how maintaining good relationships with your friends can help overcome many of life’s challenges and difficult situations. As James’ story unfolded, audience members witnessed firsthand the pertinence of friendship, creative problem solving, and appreciating people for their unique characteristics.
In addition to the performances March 17-19, the cast and crew also gave three outreach shows featuring highlights and songs from the musical at Shabbat Sing at the Marcus JCC, F.L. Stanton Elementary School, and at a Little Acorns event at Avalon.