DST presents children’s classic ‘James and the Giant Peach Jr.’


Desert Stages Theatre announces the opening of the show, “James and the Giant Peach Jr.” on Saturday, Jan. 18 at Scottsdale Fashion Square.

“James and the Giant Peach Jr.” is based on the book “James and the Giant Peach” written in 1961 by British author Roald Dahl and adapted into a 1996 movie with the same name, according to a press release, detailing the accounts of when James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree.

He discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions, the release said, describing how James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements on the way.

The film, “James and the Giant Peach,” directed by Henry Selick and produced by Tim Burton and Denise Di Novi, won “Best Featured Animated Film” at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, as well as “Best Animated Film,” from the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critic Association Awards and Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards.

“James and the Giant Peach Jr.” is an offbeat adaptation of the classic novel featuring a tuneful score, witt, charm, adventure and self-discovery, the release said.

Performance of the Desert Stages Theatre production, directed by Kristin Alba and Erin Tarkington,  will run at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18-Feb. 16.

To purchase show tickets: DesertStages.org.

Or, call the box office at 480-483-1664.