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Hey All,

James here! Yes I’m playing James in James and the Giant Peach and my real name is James. In fact my whole name is James Ijames, how cool is that?! Just wanted to say hello and introduce you to this great play and to me.

James and the Giant Peach is based on a novel of the same name written by Roald Dahl. Have you ever seen the movies Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Mathilda? Well Roald Dahl wrote the books that those movies are based on, so you get an idea of how absolutely crazy, fun, and fantastic James and the Giant Peach will be.

I’ve been working really hard preparing for this character. It is one of my favorite books. I actually had my mother mail me my old worn out hard cover copy of the novel to read and carry around with me while I’m working on the show. This show is going to be amazing! The cast is full of some of the most talented actors in Philadelphia and I’m really excited to be working with all of them.

The director is a total rock star, his name is Whit MacLaughlin and he is one of the most creative minds I know. The designers are all amazing too! There is just so much talent and positive energy in this show. I don’t want to give too much away but I hear the animation in the play should make for a very interesting day at the theater. Well I have to run now. I hope to see you all at the show, it’s on stage now!

Jorge Cousineau, Philadelphia’s acclaimed sound and lighting designer, has collaborated with award-winning director Whit MacLaughlin and the rest of the James and the Giant Peach artistic team to create “a whole imaginative universe of live actors interacting with animations. It’s kinda like Pixar, but LIVE,” says Whit.

An endeavor of this magnitude requires many long hours of moving paper mere millimeters and then capturing it on film. We reached out to our board members to serve as volunteers and as usual received an overwhelming response.

If you are one of these volunteers, THANK YOU, we would love for you to comment about your experience. Otherwise, read on to learn more about this exciting process.

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