Magic, an old peach tree and new friends combine to create an incredible adventure in “James and the Giant Peach Tree,” which comes to Arizona Broadway Theatre’s Mainstage this summer as part of ABT’s Theatre for Young Audiences. Featuring an original score performed by live musicians, the show runs June 6–21 at 10 a.m. on select dates.
Newly orphaned after his parents are killed in a terrible accident involving a rhinoceros, James goes to live with his aunts Spiker and Sponge. There he encounters an old man who gives him a bag, but not just any bag. Inside this bag is the strongest magic in the whole world. When James accidentally spills the magic near an old peach tree, astonishing things begin to happen. Along with his new friends—Old Green Grasshopper, Miss Spider, Earthworm, Centipede and Ladybird—James embarks on an incredible journey across the Atlantic Ocean to New York City, traveling in a giant peach.
Playing James is Drew Swaine, whose other credits include Jack Worthing in “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing,” and King Edmund in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” among others.
Arizona Broadway Theatre’s Theatre for Young Audiences seeks to enrich the lives of young theater enthusiasts and their families by featuring the talent of professional dancers, singers and actors in an age-appropriate setting. Purchase tickets for “James and the Giant Peach” online or by calling the Arizona Broadway Theatre box office at (623) 776-8400.