March 20, 2012

Press Release: James and the Giant Peach

A wild adventure takes place at Coterie during James and the Giant Peach April 10 – May 18

Roald Dahl's classic tale of friendship and adventure, James and the Giant Peach, performs April 10 – May 18 at the Coterie Theatre, level 1 Crown Center Shops. It's the story of crocodile tongues, horrible aunts, a ravenous rhinoceros and James who is miserable...until something peculiar happens involving a giant peach and group of talking insects! James and his diverse insect buddies work together to take the most wonderful and extraordinary journey they could ever imagine.

"Roald Dahl is a master storyteller, and in order to bring his fantastical story alive, we've assembled some of Kansas City's finest, seasoned actors – not to mention two special, young pros in the making," said Ernie Nolan, director.

"We're hoping that Dahl's special brand of magic will come alive using his marvelous language and a healthy dollop of theatre magic," Nolan said. "I've directed four other adaptations of Dahl's work and his canon is an explosion of creativity, humor, and heart. The incredible production team and I have set the production in a 1930s theatre. This way it's almost as if James and his insect friends are performing the story for audiences to hear their journey - kind of like The Muppet Show."

James and the Giant Peach is the second production in the Coterie's Family Series and is funded in part by the Missouri Arts Council (MAC) and the ArtsKC Fund. The adaptation is by David Wood.

The cast includes Walter Coppage, Molly Denninghoff, Ryan Emmons, Enjoli Gavin, Marshal Hopkins, Ron Megee and Matt Weiss.

The artistic and production company includes Ernie Nolan (director), Erin Walley (set design), Lauren Roark (costume design), Art Kent (light design), Cynthia Postalwaite (sound designer and composer), Ron Megee (props), Dorian Kofinas (projection design), Scott Hobart (technical director), Amy M. Abels Owen (production stage manager), Fiona Carmody (production assistant) and Tanya Brown (rehearsal stage manager). Costume design is a co-production with the University of Missouri –Kansas City.

The Coterie Theatre, now in its 33rd Season and named "One of the Five Best Theaters for Young Audiences in the U.S." by TIME magazine, is located on level one of Crown Center Shops in Kansas City, Mo. James and the Giant Peach performs April 10 through May 18, Tuesdays through Sundays.

Individual Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for all children, students and seniors age 60 and up; $9 for Season Ticket holders. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Coterie Box Office (816) 474-6552 from 10 a.m. to 4 p. m. Monday through Friday. TARGET Saturdays: Free ticket with purchase; restrictions apply; not available online.

April 13, Opening Night: Celebration includes a post-performance reception with director and cast and a James and the Giant Peach comedy spoof performed by The Culture Hacks, the Coterie's teen comedy troupe.

April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18: Friday Nights: Something Fun! Stay after the show any Friday night for a special experience. It might be a photograph session with James and friends, a backstage tour or comedy spoof. The free experience will change each week!

April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12: TARGET Saturdays: Free ticket and Roald Dahl book with purchase; one per order, restrictions apply; not available online.
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For more information contact
Karen Massman VanAsdale
(816) 474-6785 ext. 230
(816) 665-8181 (cell)

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