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Barrington Stage Youth Theatre Presents 'James and the Giant Peach'

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Youth Theatre presents "James and the Giant Peach" from July 26 through Aug. 12 at Berkshire Museum.

"James and the Giant Peach," book by Timothy Allen MdDonald, based on the book "James and the Giant Peach" by Roald Dahl, is a brand new take on this "masterpeach" of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this is an adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery. 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. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks, and plenty of disagreements along the way.

The Words and music are by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, the Academy and Tony Award-winning team that created the music for "Dear Evan Hansen," "La La Land" and "A Christmas Story, The Musical." It was choreographed by Steven Dean Moore and directed by Sarah Jane Schostack.

Barrington Stage Company's Youth Theatre program is designed to extend the professionalism of Barrington Stateg's mainstage productions to local youth between the ages of 13-19. Once accepted, students are given the experience of an Equity production process (rehearsals, tech, press and performance) under the guidance of professional director and choreographer. The production's professional performance schedule teaches the students the discipline and spontaneity necessary for a professional actor to repeat a performance for eight shows each week for three weeks. Youth Theatre actors will also have the opportunity to attend BSC’s Mainstage productions, engage in talkbacks with the casts, and participate in master classes led by professional theatre artists.

Tickets $20 for adults and $15 youth; for the preview performances on July 26 and 28, tickets are $10. For tickets, call the Barrington Stage Company Box Office at 413-236-8888 or visit the website. Children ages 5 and older are welcome at all performances when accompanied by an adult. Children ages 3 to 5 may attend Family Saturday performances.

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