By: Kyra Powell/Senior Writer
Following their outstanding rendition of The Lion King Jr., Blue Ridge’s middle schoolers will be putting on a production of James and the Giant Peach Jr.! Auditions will be held on Wednesday, September 12th and Thursday, September 13th (Happy Birthday, Ronald Dahl!) after school in the auditorium.
The James and the Giant Peach Jr. soundtrack is incredibly powerful, rivaling the spirit and energy behind that of Lion King. Songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are also known for musicals such as The Greatest Showman, Dear Evan Hansen, Dreamwork’s Trolls, La La Land, and more!
Ronald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) presents us with the story of an orphan boy who goes to live with his aunts. Upon hearing the news that they would be taking custody of the boy, Spiker and Sponge celebrate, deciding they’ll make the boy their slave. They confine him to the boundaries of their house and garden. James is ordered to cut down an old fruit tree- but in the process, is stopped by a mysterious figure who gives James a potion that will “fix” his new life. After he trips and spills said potion, the tree sprouts a Giant Peach. The peach doesn’t stop growing, until one night James discovers a passage and enters the peach. This peach will introduce James to a whole new world, with insects and adventure. James and those inside the Giant Peach with him will have to face Gulliver’s Travel’s-esque problems, including sharks, hunger, and attack helicopters.
When asked what the students were most excited for about the show, responses varied. Eighth graders Devin Valentin, Ethan Ashley, Micah Edwards and Landon Witbeck are all looking forward most to the performances of the show. “I’ve always thought the actual nights were the most fun” said Devin, to their agreement. On the other hand, Emmalyn Buchannon is looking forward to being with her friends and having a good time.
However, Freshman Logan Mann, one of the highschool assistants, put it most simply: “Plump and Juicy.”
Kyra Powell is a senior at Blue Ridge, who will have been in 16 musicals by the time she graduates! Kyra enjoys singing, playing guitar, piano, ukulele, and going outside. After high school, Kyra plans on moving to Florida where she can spend more time outside with her family (where there’s never snow!)