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Set sail with GTA’s peachy performance

Wonderquest production presents Roald Dahl's children's classic

POSTED: October 6, 2011 12:30 a.m.
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The characters of Roald Dahl's children's classic "James and the Giant Peach" come to live in the Gainesville Theatre Alliance's Wonderquest production.

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The Gainesville Theatre Alliance decided to open its theater season with something big — a rendition of "James and the Giant Peach."

The production is based on the book of the same title by Roald Dahl, who also wrote "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory" and "Matilda."

This story follows the plight of James Trotter, who lost his parents in a rhinoceros accident and is forced to live with his wicked aunts. After being mistreated, James meets a stranger who gives him a special gift that turns an ordinary peach into a larger-than-life-sized vessel.

Inside, James meets a host of friendly, magical insects who become his friends and shipmates as he sets sail in the peach in search of a better life.

The show will run through Saturday at Brenau's Pearce Auditorium, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville. Tickets are $10-$12 for adults and $7-$8 for students.

The theater alliance is a collaboration between Gainesville State College, Brenau University and local theater professionals.

James is a production of WonderQuest, the young audiences division of the theater alliance.

Although the alliance's productions typically feature college-aged actors and professionals, this one will include younger cast members. Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy students Catie Cook, Ally Cook and Baily Morris will all grace the stage with the alliance members, as will Gainesville Middle School student Sara Cook.


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