Press Release: James and the Giant Peach, JR.




CHARLOTTESVILLE, OCTOBER 14 – DMR ADVENTURES will present its “master-peach,” a production of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach JR. beginning OCTOBER 22, It was announced today by Freddie Gershon, CEO of Music Theatre International (MTI).  A delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, James and the Giant Peach JR. is a fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends, and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. The musical was adapted to be performed by students by educational musical theater firm iTheatrics under the supervision of Timothy Allen McDonald.

Mariah Layman as Sponge, Teagan Bower as James, and Lobby Janucik as Spiker in James and the Giant Peach JR with DMR Adventures. Photo Credit: Pernmoot Photography

“Behind its wit and whimsy, James and the Giant Peach explores some sophisticated themes. How do we define our family? How we start over after a big loss? We’ve always planned to make it available for performance by schools and educational theaters groups as soon as possible, because – and we think Roald Dahl would agree – young people are capable of amazing things,” says Justin Paul who co-wrote the music and lyrics for the musical with Benj Pasek.

“James is a child put in a remarkable situation, and with the help and support of some new friends he is able to achieve great things.  Similarly, these DMR ADVENTURES students are working together in extraordinary ways to present this musical.  We know their show is going to be great.  Break a leg guys!” says Benj Pasek.

Greyson Taylor as Ladahlord in James and the Giant Peach JR with DMR Adventures. Photo Credit: Pernmoot Photography

Featuring music and lyrics by the Tony-nominated songwriters Justin Paul and Benj Pasek and book by Timothy Allen McDonald, James and the Giant Peach JR. is based on the beloved book by Roald Dahl and tells the story of a young orphaned child who finds a loving family in a most peculiar way.  Sent by his mean, conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, James discovers a magic potion which results in a tremendous peach occupied by some not-so-normal characters.  From the center of the gigantic fruit, James and the unlikely crew launch a journey of enormous proportions.  Together they discover that while we are all born into a family, we then go on to create a family of our own.

Says McDonald about the show, “I was a dyslexic student who hated reading when my third grade teacher, Mrs. Spencer, introduced me to the wonderful world of Roald Dahl. His stories instilled in me a love of reading and I have never looked back.  Through their production these students are celebrating the power of story-telling, teamwork and imagination.  We hope you’ll join us in applauding them.”

DMR ADVENTURES in Charlottesville will present Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach JR. on October 22 at 2PM (preview performance starring understudies) and 7PM at October 23 at 3PM at The Forum at Monticello High School .  Tickets are $10-15 and may be purchased online or with cash at the door, if seats remain.  For more information, please visit  The musical stars 33 young people from the Central Virginia area (Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, and Fredericksburg), ages 7-16. Included in the staff are 5 students in DMR’s Youth Leadership Program, a mentorship and leadership program for students with an interest in pursuing the performing arts as a profession.

Eliza Smith as Spider, Connor Wells as Earthworm, Dani Miller as Centipede, Duylan Stukenberg as Grasshopper, Teagan Bower as James, and Katie Wall as Ladybug in James and the Giant Peach JR with DMR Adventures. Photo Credit: Pernmoot Photography

James and the Giant Peach JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684


DMR Adventures develops artists through education and performance opportunities in acting, dance, and voice. Classes and programs are led by both local and visiting guest artists who are experts in their respective fields. DMR Adventures provides professional performing arts training that serves to drive passion, discipline and commitment in the students with whom they work.

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