Going to the theater lets you take in dramatic scenes at a safe distance, much like listening to your neighbors argue about how to pronounce gnocchi. Hide behind the fourth wall with this GrouponLive deal to see James and the Giant Peach presented by Area Stage Company at the Riviera Theatre in Coral Gables. For $16, you get one ticket for general admission on Saturday, January 12, at 8 p.m. (up to a $33.05 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
A sack of tiny, glowing-green crocodile tongues, a jug of water, 10 hairs from a human head—these are the ingredients a mysterious old man tells lonely 5-year-old James Henry Trotter to combine for a magical potion that will bring him adventure. But on his way back home, James trips and accidentally spills the sack of crocodile tongues onto the peach tree in his yard. Although the tree had never borne fruit before, suddenly it produces a peach the size of a house, which James’ nasty aunts claim as their own. One night, while James is supposed to clean the rubbish left by those who’d come to witness the strange fruit, he wanders through a tunnel in the peach’s flesh, eventually stumbling upon the pit, where a group of giant insects waits. The centipede then bites through the peach’s stem, and thus begins a rolling adventure through the streets, the ocean, and the sky.
Based on David Wood's adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story, the Area Stage Company’s musical production of James and the Giant Peach begins after the dust has settled and James is living in the giant pit in New York. He and his group of insect friends retell their tale, faithfully bringing to life every magical moment with elaborate sets, colorful costumes, and professional consultation from a wizard.
Area Stage Company
Lauded by The Miami Herald’s Christine Dolen for their “high artistic standards,” Area Stage Company’s founder, John Rodaz, and its producer, Maria Rodaz, have been providing a spotlight for South Florida’s rising talent since 1989. In addition to staging Broadway hits, the group seeks out compelling scripts by Hispanic playwrights, presenting them in both Spanish and English. Now settled into the Riviera Theater, the company has expanded to include music and dance series, a professional theatre program, and an invisible supporting cast for one-man plays.