Meeker to present ‘James and the Giant Peach’
The Meeker Arts and Cultural Council Center Stage Youth Theatrical Group in cooperation with the ERBM Recreation and Park District, will stage the fall musical “James and the Giant Peach, Jr.” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21; at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 with a free matinee performance for youth age 13 and under, and at 7 p.m.; at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23.
Due to renovation of the Meeker High School auditorium, the production will be held at the Meeker Elementary School Cafetorium at 201 Ute Rd.
“Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, ‘James and the Giant Peach, Jr.’ is a brand new take on this ‘masterpeach’ of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic,” said a news release for the show.
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, complete with colorful costumes, realistic puppetry and characters both human and bug.
“This delightful, CSYTG-renowned Broadway musical is the tenth outstanding youth musical production since the series was created by MACC in 2010 and introduces the wonderful world of the performing arts to aspiring young actors of the community,” the release said. “CSTYG engages young performers from third through eighth grade introducing them to the joys of the performing arts through acting and technical theater production experiences. Older performing arts youth in the MHS Drama Club and International Thespian Society Troupe 1284 assist with mentoring and coaching young performers. Many community parents and volunteers with performing arts experience and talent share in the production logistics to enable these worthwhile opportunities for youth. ERBM Recreation and Park District collaboratively provides funding and resources for the production.”
The show is limited to 186 seats per performance, with advance purchase of tickets advised.
Tickets are $7 for all ages and are only available for advance sales at the Meeker Chamber of Commerce, 710 Market St., at 970-878-5510; and at The Little Cheese Shop/Blanco Cellars, 645 Main St. 970-779-9463.
Any remaining unsold seats may be purchased at the door prior to the performance. The free tickets for youth ages 13 and below must also be obtained in advance for the Friday matinee. Free youth tickets are only valid for that performance. Tickets are color-coded and dated for each performance. Groups wishing to sit together are advised to arrive early as seats are not reserved.
As a fundraiser to offset production costs, businesses, families and other groups may purchase box ads in the printed program for $20. Contact the Meeker Chamber to subscribe not later than Nov. 18.
“Advertising merchants may wish to offer a discount to patrons who bring in their tickets for a purchase following the performance,” the release said.
For more information, contact MACC President Nancy Richardson at 720-341-4326 or Director Shana Holliday at 970-987-9299 or visit https://www.facebook.com/Meeker-Arts-and-Cultural-Council-102526356488068.