Roald Dahl’s story traces the adventures of a little boy, James Trotter, whose happy life on the English seaside is rudely ended when his parents are killed by a rhinoceros and he goes to live with his two horrid aunts, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. James saves the life of a spider and comes into possession of magic boiled crocodile tongues, after which an enormous peach starts to grow in the garden. Venturing inside the garden, James meets the spider and a number of new friends, including a ladybug, grasshopper, glow worm and centipede, who help him with his plan to make a journey to New York City.
The curtain goes up in the Excelsior Theater, 14301 Byron Highway in Byron, on Sept. 18, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 7 p.m., and Sept. 22 at noon and 4 p.m. Tickets ($8) may be purchased online at www.edline.net/pages/excelsior_ms or one hour before showtime at the theater box office.
“James and the Giant Peach” is presented by Excelsior Middle School and the Excelsior Parents of the Arts Club.