by Bob Kundrat, Middle School Theater
On February 8 and 9, the Middle School performed a musical version of "James and the Giant Peach" by Roald Dahl, adapted by David Wood, in the East Campus Theater. Adapting the imaginative landscapes of this story for the stage seemed like a very tough proposition, but one we were excited about nonetheless. Conjuring the magic was made easier by our technical stage master Susan Deeley-Wells who designed a set that rotated from a giant peach on one side to a cozy interior where James' large insect friends reside on the other. In addition, our Middle School music teacher Jonah Blumstein composed original music to the strange and wonderful adventures of the characters with fantastic choreography by Middle School dance teacher Nora Francis. But finally, the real core (or pit?) of the success of our peachy piece came from the work of 25 students who breathed life into the characters, played beautifully in the orchestra, and kept everything running smoothly backstage. With all three performances, audiences truly could feel the pull of Roald Dahl's magic from their seats!