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MC, Buchanan Center present 'James and the Giant Peach'

Rachael Nuckles, Emma Willhardt and Malik Smith-Reading stage a scene from the Roald Dahl classic “James and the Giant Peach” during a dress rehearsal on Tuesday night at Monmouth College’s Wells Theater. The joint production between the college and the Buchanan Center for the Arts, which features local children ages 7 to 17, will be performed May 30 through June 2.
In conjunction with Monmouth College, the Buchanan Center for the Arts will present Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach” May 30 -- June 2 in the college’s Wells Theater.

Performance times are 7 p.m. for the first three days, with a 1 p.m. matinee on June 2. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $2 for students. Advance tickets are available at the Buchanan Center at 64 Public Square, Monmouth. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Directing the performance will be Ivy Bekker, who graduated from Monmouth College last weekend with honors in theatre. It is being produced by assistant professor of theatre Janeve West.

“I’m excited to have so many kids involved,” said Bekker of the production, which will feature 58 children, ages 7 to 17. “They’ll all have their one shining moment, and I’m excited for them to have that opportunity.”

Written in 1961, “James and the Giant Peach” was adapted into a film of the same name in 1996. The plot centers on a young English orphan boy who enters a gigantic, magical peach and has a wild and surreal cross-world adventure with six anthropomorphic insects he meets.