James and the Giant Peach featuring local kids

MEREDITH — The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's Youth Ensemble, made up of local performers ages 8-12, will have their first opportunity to perform on the Playhouse's new stage when they present James and the Giant Peach on December 6-8. Adapted by Richard R. George from the popular children's book by Roald Dahl, this is an imaginative adaption appropriate for all ages.

When James Henry Trotter accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it's as big as a house. James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit, and when he crawls inside, he meets a bunch of marvelous oversized friends – Old Green Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, Miss Spider, and more. After years of feeling like an outsider in the house of his despicable aunts, James has finally found a place where he belongs. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the exciting adventure begins.

Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $14 for the orchestra and $10 in the balcony and are available online at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.orgor by calling 603-279-0333. The Playhouse is located at 50 Reservoir Road in Meredith. Audience members are encouraged to bring canned peaches (or any canned food) which will be donated to the Meredith Emergency Food Pantry. Anyone who brings a can will be entered into a drawing to win a $20 gift certificate to Innisfree Bookshop.