Imaginations will soar with Upper Darby Summer Stage’s “James and the Giant Peach Jr.”


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Based on the classic by Roald Dahl, this show is a brand new take on his “masterpeach” of a tale.

July 14, 2016 – Drexel Hill, PA. Imaginations will soar as Upper Darby Summer Stage presents “James and the Giant Peach Jr.” Performances are July 27, 28 and 29 at 10:30 a.m. and on July 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.

(Left to right): Liz Ianacci of Morton as Eileen Evergreen, Chris Monaco of Wallingford as Cookie McGee, Wesley Hemmann of Red Lion as Jimmy Winter and Ali Caiazzo of Havertown as Billie Bendix prepare for their performances in "Nice Work If You Can Get It" July 29 – August 6 at UD Summer Stage. // Photo By: Cate R. Paxson
(Left to right): Caroline Roberts of Havertown as Sponge, Emma Speck of Drexel Hill as Spider, Caroline Borio of Plymouth Meeting as James and Abigail Lowry of Drexel Hill as Spiker prepare for their performances in “James and the Giant Peach Jr.” July 27-29 at UD Summer Stage. // Photo By: Cate R. Paxson

Tickets are affordably priced at $7-11 and can be purchased online at or by calling the box office: 610.622.1189. The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located in Drexel Hill at 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, minutes from the Main Line and Center City. The show is approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission. Parking is free. The show is ideal for ages four and up and free babysitting is offered for siblings who may be too young to sit through the entire show.

Based on the classic Roald Dahl story, this show is a brand new take on his “masterpeach” of a tale. When James (Caroline Borio of Plymouth Meeting) 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. Catchy new music completes the madcap adventures.

Stage Manager, Emily Moylan said, “This show is unlike any show you’ll see this summer.” “The music is unique and fun, the characters are quirky; we have puppets, magic, all kinds of animals and insects, and, of course, a giant peach. It’s a crazy twist on Dahl’s classic tale; you don’t want to miss it,” she added.

A Summer Stage show is a unique experience. Young audience members are invited to come early to performances to participate in fun pre-show activities and stay after the show to meet cast members.

For 41 seasons Upper Darby Summer Stage has been empowering young people and entertaining families throughout the Philadelphia region. A two-time consecutive winner of the Main Line Parent’s “Best Children Theatre” Love Award, the program is also a five-time consecutive MyFoxPhilly HotList winner in the “Best Theatre” category.

The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and Upper Darby Summer Stage are jointly sponsored by Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council and the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.


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  1. Winston Kelly says:

    James and the Giant Peach was a wonderful whimsical and extraordinary play that I would most definitely NEVER forget! It felt like my inner child went on a wild ride with James and his friends; Earthworm; once scared now brave was incredibly funny, Centipede was hilarious with his own style, Ladybug was well prepped for anything and was very compassionate to James, Grasshopper too… and He knows how to play one mean fiddle! Spider… need I say more: Beauty, Brilliance, Compassionate and skilled with her webs. Spiker and Sponge may be evil but the two brings out the funny in their unique way. The Ladahlord(Older James); mysterious, talented, funny and really good with disguises! Speaking of James, how could I forget the very main character of the story! James was funny, sweet, and one brave trooper. His parents raised such a proper person such as him. Of the musicals I have seen that I like(before seeing Mulan), this musical became my number 1 favorite. I thank the cast and will miss them, dearly for making such an amazing and magical story come to life. I REALLY hope they will make a return in 2017! 🙂

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