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James and the Giant Peach at the Circuit Playhouse

February 28, 2018 - articles -

James and the Giant Peach

Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Based on the Book, “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl

The Circuit Playhouse
March 16 – April 8, 2018

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach which launches him on a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family to survive the adventure of a lifetime.

Sharing the title role of James are 11-year-old Nathan Morton (Billy Elliot) and 14-year-old Lucy Nassif (Peter Pan). They are joined by Resident Company Members Courtney Oliver (Hairspray; Hot L. Baltimore) and Brooke Papritz (Heathers: the Musical; Peter Pan) as Aunts Sponge and Spiker. Playing James’ magical bug companions are Associate Company Member Heather Zurowski (Heathers: the Musical; Perfect Arrangement) as Ladybug, Allison Fortin (Peter Pan; Rock of Ages), Stuart Rial (Lord of the Flies; Peter Pan) as Earthworm, Jason Blank (Peter Pan) as Centipede, and Mickey Nixon making his Playhouse on the Square debut as Grasshopper. James and the Giant Peach is directed by Dennis Whitehead Darling.

James and the Giant Peach runs March 16 – April 8 at The Circuit Playhouse.  James and the Giant Peach is sponsored by An Anonymous Company. The Circuit Playhouse Inc. Super Sponsor is Dr. Thomas Ratliff. The Pay-What-You-Can Performance is Thursday, March 22nd at 7pm and is sponsored by ArtsFirst/First Tennessee Foundation and Southland Park Gaming and Racing. The Circuit Playhouse is located at 51 S. Cooper St.  For more information or to make reservations, please call 901-726-4656 or purchase tickets online at playhouseonthesquare.org.


James – Nathan Morton, Lucy Nassif

Ladahlord – Nathan McHenry

Spiker – Brooke Papritz

Sponge – Courtney Oliver

Grasshopper – Mickey Nixon

Ladybug – Heather Zurowski

Earthworm – Stuart Rial

Centipede – Jason Blank

Spider – Allison Fortin

Ensemble – Hayden Brown, Claire Clauson, Jari Head, Lizzy Hinton


Directed by Dennis Whitehead Darling

Choreographer – Daniel Stuart Nelson

Music Director – Nathan McHenry

Production Stage Manager – Phillip Hughen

Stage Manager – Morgan Corlew

Scenic Designer – Mary Atchley

Costume Designer – Lindsay Schmeling

Lighting Designer – Justin Gibson

Sound Designer – Carter McHann

Properties Designer – Aubanita Kirk

Technical Director – Phillip Hughen

Title: James and the Giant Peach
VenueMarch 16 – April 8, 2018
Times: Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, 2pm
Tickets: $25 Opening Weekend (March 16, 17, 18) / $35 – 40 Thursdays and Sundays, $35 – $40, Adults, $25 Senior Citizens, $22 Students/Military, $15 Children under 18
Box Office: 901-726-4656
Web: playhouseonthesquare.org

Circuit Playhouse Super Sponsor: Dr. Thomas Ratliff
Show Sponsor: An Anonymous Company