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OCT presents 'James and the Giant Peach'

SUBMITTED PHOTO: OWEN CAREY - Oregon Childrens Theatre will present Roald Dahls James and the Giant Peach May 7-29 at the Newmark Theatre in Portland.

Oregon Children’s Theatre will present Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach,” opening May 7 at the Newmark Theatre. Directed by Stan Foote, the musical includes brand new scores by Tony-nominated songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and choreography by Broadway veteran, Kemba Shannon.

The story centers around a boy named James, two awful aunts, five larger-than-life insects — and magic crystals that make an old tree produce a giant peach.

The role of James has been double cast and is played by nine-year-old Theo Curl and 11-year-old Aida Valentine.

Insect puppets from Seattle Children’s Theatre’s Master Puppet Artisan Annett Mateo appear in the musical.

Audience members are invited to come early to performances and participate in a fun pre-show craft activity by Art a la Carte. They may also stay after the performance to meet the cast and get their playbills autographed.

The performances May 7 are First Timer/First Saturday show; tickets for children attending the theater for the first time are just $5. May 7 is also Boy Scout Day; tickets for scouts are discounted to $11-$21 and patches are available for $2, with preorder recommended.

May 8 and 29 are Grandparent Days, with reduced ticket prices for those 62 and older.

May 14 is Girl Scout Day; tickets for scouts are discounted to $11-$21 and patches are available for purchase.

The 2 p.m. performance May 14 will be interpreted in American Sign Language.

“James and the Giant Peach” continues through May 29 with performances at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. performances Sundays at the Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway in Portland. Tickets range in price from $18-$32 for adults and $14-$28 for children; group rates are available. Call the box office at 503-228-9571 or purchase online at www.octc.org.