Press Release: James and the Giant Peach, JR.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


CHARLOTTESVILLE TO EMBARK ON A
‘FRUIT-FULL’ ADVENTURE OF EPIC PROPORTIONS WITH

DMR ADVENTURES’ PRODUCTION OF
ROALD DAHL’s JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH
FROM OCTOBER 22-23



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.

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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.

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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 DMRAdventures.com/JATGP.  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.

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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 www.MTIShows.com.

ABOUT DMR ADVENTURES

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.

High-res media files are located at https://dmradventures.com/mediajatgp/

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Contact: Melissa Charles, (434) 203-6314, DMRAdventures@gmail.com

Annie, Jr. Cast List!

Posted below is the cast list for Annie, Jr.  Please read ALL the information below!

 Please note that the name of your role(s) is the left of your name! Please also note that those playing shared roles will perform in 2 shows, and the others will perform in 4 shows. Our performance schedule will change slightly due to these added shows and we will finalize that information with you as soon as possible.

Our first rehearsal will be Sunday, Feb. 7 at the Charlottesville Center for the Arts! Our rehearsal time frame is 2:15-6:30 this Sunday, so stay tuned for a detailed schedule, but everyone will likely be called for music and/or dancing!

Please DO NOT email to accept or decline your role, we will send you an email through which you can pay your participation/production fee, list measurements, fill in any additional emails to which correspondence should go, etc.  There will also be a place on this form to use for questions or notes.
This email will come through by Saturday at noon.

Thank you ALL for being so BRAVE! Auditions are such a tough process, and you all did a terrific job. Please know that casting is based on MANY factors, if you did not receive a role that you hoped for, please know that it may be something as simple as height that played a major factor!

Congratulations to you all!  We were SO inspired by the great attitudes, passion, energy, and risk-taking that we saw in auditions. We have an incredibly fun and fulfilling few months ahead of us filled with acting, singing, dancing,
and, of course, friendship!

Screen Shot 2016-02-04 at 10.12.26 PMClick here for a PDF version of the cast list

Congrats to our Annie Auditionees

We saw approximately FIFTY incredible actors for call backs for Annie, Jr. The talent in this area is simply amazing!!! Congrats to EVERYone on your hard work and dedication, and for many of you who are tIMG_6106.PNGrying this for the very first time. We still have some call backs for some roles in the musical, as well as many casting decisions to make. Please pat yourselves on the back and know that we’ll be posting a cast list by Thursday evening!
Thank you!
A BIG shout out to the many folks who helped to make sure the auditions happened smoothy, including: Dani Miller, Colleen Druzgal, Michaela Campbell, Grayson Harlow, Selina Noramly, Kathy Miller, Shannon Walsh, Michael Giovinco, Erin Rothman the other parents who chipped in to help and, of course, Matt Charles! What an incredible community!! High fives to the amazing parents who support their kids passion for the arts!

DMR Adventures Presents Captain Louie Jr. To Include an Autism-Friendly Performance (Press Release)

DMR Adventures Presents Captain Louie Jr. To Include an Autism-Friendly Performance
CL 2CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — October 13, 2015 —
DMR Adventures closes out its fall Broadway Adventure class with performances of Captain Louie Jr.  This show has particular significance in that DMR will present one autism-friendly performance through a collaboration with the Autism Theatre Project on November 1 at 2 p.m. at Peabody School.

“Working with Ana Mendelson, director of the Autism Theatre Project, has been such a rewarding experience,” said Melissa Charles, artistic director of DMR Adventures. “I had no idea what to expect while preparing for this performance, and am excited we can bring this important event to the Charlottesville-area.”

Tickets are available online at http://dmrlouie.bpt.me.To help DMR prepare for the performance, Dr. Jane Hilton — University of Virginia autism specialist — presented an autism workshop to the performers and their parents during an October 1 workshop held at the Peabody School.

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Autism-friendly performances aim to provide a positive theatre experience for children with autism or other sensory-related disabilities and their families.

The Autism-friendly accommodations include:

  • Alerting audience members to changes in the sound and lighting effects. Volunteers will hold out glow sticks to warn the audience when a “sensory surprise” is about to occur in the show.
  • A quiet room will be provided for those audience members who may want to remove an over-stimulated person from the theater and have a place to relax. Chairs and tables will be provided, as well as a variety of coloring activities and fidgets. This area will be staffed by our volunteers. We aim to provide a live-streaming the performance in the quiet room so you can still enjoy the performance while taking a break in the space.
  • Resources such as a plot synopsis, character guide, and “Coming to the Theater” video social story can help families prepare for this outing to the theater.

“The goal of the Autism Theatre Project is to provide a positive theatre going experience to families in the area who may not be able to attend live theatre as it is currently produced. With some thoughtful planning and participation of awesome organizations like DMR Adventures, the theater becomes a more joyful and inclusive space for all.”

What is Captain Louie Jr. about?
After moving to a new neighborhood, Louie finds himself lonely, the only companion by his side a red toy airplane. Missing the friends of his old neighborhood, Louie makes the plan to escape to his old neighborhood using his imagination. An unlikely turn of events leads Louie on the adventure of a lifetime, resulting in a night of costumed fun, singing and laughter. This heartwarming story is perfect for families and kids of all ages this fall, and a nice addition to or alternative for traditional Halloween plans.

Show Location and Times
The performances will take place on October 31 at 2:00 p.m. and November 1 at 5:00 p.m. A special autism-friendly performance will take place on November 1 at 2:00 p.m. All performances will be held at the Peabody School’s Batten Building located at 1232 Stoney Ridge Road, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Ticket Information & FAQs for the Autism-Friendly Performance
Click here for FAQs, resources and other information about our autism-friendly performance. To register for free tickets for this performance, please email autismtheatreproject@gmail.com.

Captain Louie Jr. is produced by DMR Adventures, winners of the 2015 Award for Excellence in Ensemble work at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, GA. Cast members are between the ages of 6 and 12.

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Announcing CAPTAIN LOUIE, JR., including an Autism-Friendly Performance!

captain louie jr logoPrepare for a wild adventure with Louie and his friends in Captain Louie Jr., a culmination of the fall Broadway Adventure class with DMR Adventures. The performances will take place on October 31 at 2:00 p.m. and November 1 at 5:00 p.m in the Batten Building at Peabody School. A special autism-friendly performance will take place on November 1 at 2:00 p.m.

After moving to a new neighborhood, Louie finds himself lonely, the only companion by his side a red toy airplane. Missing the friends of his old neighborhood, Louie makes the plan to escape to his old neighborhood using his imagination. An unlikely turn of events leads Louie on the adventure of a lifetime, resulting in a night of costumed fun, singing, and laughter. This heartwarming story is perfect for families and kids of all ages this fall, and a nice addition to or alternative for traditional Halloween plans.

Tickets are available at the following link, or at the door (cash only) if seats remain.  http://dmrlouie.bpt.me

Captain Louie Jr. is adapted from the children’s book The Trip by Ezra Jack Keats. It is written by Anthony Stein, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. The musical made its Off-Broadway debut in 2005.
Our cast includes:
Addie Brudin, Marley Dorman, Maddie Gardiner, Emma Grady, Wyatt Hawley, Finn Proctor, Elliot Rossman, Dylan Stukenberg, Ava Jordan Torrence, and Jack Wielar.

DMR Adventures is proud to partner with the Autism Theatre Project, led by Ana Mendelson, to provide a free performance intended primarily for families with members on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory issues. Click here for FAQs, resources and other information about our autism-friendly performance. To register for tickets for this performance, please email autismtheatreproject@gmail.com.

Captain Louie Jr.

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz | Book by Anthony Stein

October 31 – 2:00 p.m., November 1 – 5:00 p.m. (Tickets $10 adults, $5 students)
(Autism Theatre Project performance on November 1 at 2:00 p.m.)

BATTEN BUILDING at Peabody School | 1232 Stoney Ridge Road, Charlottesville VA

Produced by DMR Adventures,winners of the 2015 Award for Excellence in Ensemble work at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, GA. Cast members are between the ages of 6 and 12.

Break legs to our DMR Family Members opening Xanadu this weekend!

xanaduWe have lots of friends involved in the Live Arts production of Xanadu, which opens this Friday, July 17!  We hope you’ll check it out! DMR All Star, Youth Leadership Program member and JTF Award Winner, Jessica Harris, will be featured in the ensemble and another member of our All Star Family, Heather Powell, is the choreographer! Please go out and support our friends at Live Arts, and the wonderful members of our DMR family who have worked tirelessly on this show!