Roald Dahl's
James and the Giant Peach Jr.

Performed by the Portsmouth Area Children’s Theatre


Thursday, November 16
9:30 am & Noon

Friday, NOVEMBER 17
10:00 AM & 7:00 pm

Saturday, NOVEMBER 18
7:00 pm

Sunday, NOVEMBER 19
2:30 pm


Vern Riffe Center for the Arts
Eloise C. Smith Theatre
Grades PreK-12 • 75 minutes
Rated G

Book by Timothy Allen McDonald

Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Ronald Dahl

Directed by Susan Foster

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Visual Arts, Relationships, Music

A delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, a boy and his insect friends take an amazing journey across the ocean.

Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach JR. is a brand new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale.  Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic.

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way.


Thursday & Friday student matinées are $3 a seat and group reservations can be made by calling PAAC at (740) 351-3642 or submitting the show reservation form

Tickets for the evening performance are $6-$12 and will be available at the McKinley Box Office by calling (740) 351-3600 or at

Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.