CHECK THIS OUT A 'Giant Peach' of a musical at Lawrence High

Photo courtesy Matt EvangelistaCast members rehearse for this spring's production of "James and the Giant Peach," playing the next two weekends on the Performing Arts Stage at Lawrence High School. 

Thirty students from Lawrence High School and Parthum Middle School — plus a few puppets — will take the high school's Performing Art Stage the next two weekends to enchant audiences with a multimedia production of the musical "James and the Giant Peach."

The story revolves around James, an orphan sent to live with his two terrible aunts, says director Matt Evangelista. James meets a magical man who gives him a green crocodile tongue potion. The adventure only grows after James drops the potion in the yard. 

"It's a fun children's show that's good for all ages," Evangelista says. "It has mixed media, video integrated with the actors, and light-up signs and spinning set pieces. And the music is fantastic."

Destiny Medina, a senior, plays James; Jasmine Santana, a senior, is Spider; Divine Tucker, a senior in her first show, plays Lady Bug; Gabriella Liriano, a sophomore, plays Grasshopper; Kiahvette Guzman, a junior is Earthworm; and Arianna Satchell, a freshman, is Centipede.

The all-ages show plays the next two Thursdays, March 30 and April 6, and Fridays, March 31 and April 7, all at 7 p.m.; as well as Saturdays, April 1 and 8, at both 2 and 7 p.m. There also are special day shows on Monday and Tuesday, April 10 and 11, at 10 a.m. Tickets are $7 for students and seniors, $10 general admission. Lawrence High School is at 70-71 North Parish Road. 

— Terry Date, staff writer

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