‘James and the Giant Peach’ comes to Wellsboro stage next week

PHOTO PROVIDED Shown here is a scene from Hamilton-Gibson’s production of “James and the Giant Peach.”

WELLSBORO — Hamilton-Gibson Productions is bringing “James and the Giant Peach” to its stage in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center, 104 Main Street.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on July 27- 28 and August 3-4. There will also be a 2:30 p.m. showing on July 29.

The story is about a young boy who is living with his two abusive aunts after an accident at the zoo claims the life of both of his parents. He escapes in a magical peach. Along the way, he makes new friends and discovers the joy of freedom and friendship, previously alien ideas to him.

James is played by two 10-year-olds, Jude Cuneo of Wellsboro and Garrett Brion of Liberty.

James’ five insect friends include the lovely aristocratic Ladybug played by Samantha Coolidge, of Blossburg; the wise-cracking but motherly Spider by Tessa Heck, a student at Wellsboro High School; the gentlemanly Grasshopper by Tim Wilbourne, of Mansfield; the fearful Earthworm by Matt Huels, of Lawrenceville; and the sour-puss Centipede by Aidan Locke, a senior at Galeton Area High School.

Herb Johnson, Taylor Nickerson and Justin Gordon play all other characters in the show.