“James and the Giant Peach”

Northgate’s “James and the Giant Peach” cast in rehearsal: back, Ian Thompson, Maddy Largent, Colin Hunt, Emily Reed, Aaron Meyer; front, Gillian Elliott, Jessie Roos, Lauren Kennelly. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

The story of a young orphan boy choosing to rise above his circumstances takes to the Northgate High School stage in the musical, “James and the Giant Peach” April 1, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m., with a family and sensory-friendly show Thursday April 6. Activities and dinner for the Thursday show begin at 4:30 p.m., with a 6 p.m. curtain.

Karen Klicker, in her 14th year as musical director, said that the story has an all-ages appeal.

“With the help of a little magic and some very special friends, he learns what it takes to be a hero. Although considered a children's story, ‘James and the Giant Peach’ is definitely appealing to audiences of all ages. It is filled with whimsy, wonder, lots of laughs, and maybe some tears. It has an excitingly diverse musical score written by two of Broadway's hottest new writers,” Klicker said. Over 70 students are involved in the production, 26 cast members from grades 9-12 and 35 on stage crew and in the orchestra, grades 7-12.

Klicker acknowledged her “…tremendous parent support. It is always inspiring how many of our volunteers will drop everything and devote up to 18 hours in one weekend to volunteer in costumes, sets, and scenic arts. Parents also support us by working on the programs, ticket sales, and organizing meals.”

Senior citizens are invited to attend Friday, March 31, at 6 p.m. at no charge, with complimentary refreshments served at intermission.

Tickets for the April 1, 7 and 8 performances are $12 for adults and $5 for students, available at the door or on-line at ngate.booktix.com. Tickets for the April 6 show are $5, with no presale.