Children's theater show live on stage featuring The Everett Theatre's own giant peach -- two stories high!

If one were to hear of a young boy, who magically caused a peach to grow and made fast friends with the insects inside, they would simply dismiss it as impossible. No real person could enter a gigantic peach and go on adventures with human-sized insects that can talk! And certainly no one could be friends with ladybugs, grasshoppers, centipedes, spiders, or earthworms!

However, this week at The Everett Theatre in Middletown, see these very events unfold, right before your eyes, during the delightfully entertaining and funny production of "James and the Giant Peach!"

James, a young orphan boy, is forced to live with his whiny, self-centered, and bossy aunts after his parents perish in a tragic rhinoceros accident. That is, until one day he finds himself in possession of a bit of magic: a potion that results in a peach growing as large as a house!

When James travels inside this peach, he meets a crew of colorful, intriguing, and chatty insects. James and his new friends accidentally embark on an exciting and perilous journey, and James begins again to find some of what he lost with his parents’ demise: friendships, trust, self-confidence and hope.

Viewers will soon realize that this is a story that both entertains and encourages. As newfound friendships bloom, the sweetness of the peach and the thrill of adventure erase the bitterness of a broken heart. A kind and caring Ladybug, a Grasshopper who seeks to musically soothe the soul, and a hilariously frightened Earthworm are sure to leave smiles on the faces of audience members, young and old.

And all these events occur on The Everett’s own giant peach -- two stories high!

Stephanie Bailey, who plays the Ladybug, tells us that "the music is very upbeat and catchy, and audiences are sure to go home singing it."

Kim Taylor (Aunt Spiker) adds, "The music really brings the story that everyone knows from the book to life."

But all seem to agree that, despite James being the title character, it’s one certain earthworm—plump and juicy as he is—that steals the show!

Ninamarie Taylor (James) puts it this way: "He is probably my favorite character in the show because he’s just ridiculous and hilarious. His song is the best one."

So grab the kids and prepare for excitement, because during these shows at The Everett, wonderful and impossible things will unfold, right before your eyes!

IF YOU GO

WHAT "James and the Giant Peach" stage play

WHERE The Everett Theatre, 47 W. Main St., Middletown

WHEN March 12 at 2 p.m., March 18 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., March 19 at 2 p.m. Also available for school day shows. Email info@everetttheatre.com for more information.

TICKETS $8, all seats

INFO For more information or to purchase tickets go to: http://everetttheatre.com/james-and-the-giant-peach-tya/