Spotlights' Theater for Young Audiences Series

Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach – TYA

Written by
Timothy Allen McDonald

Music by
Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

Directed by
Tim Anderson

Stage Managed by
Clorise Busch

Costumed by
Katie Atkinson, Sharon Joyce, & Jill Kenderes

Projection Design by
Dan Hunsicker

Puppet Creation by
Tim Anderson, Ryan Bergeron,
Sharon Joyce, & Jenilee Taylor

Educational Programming by
Jill Holland Beiser

Produced by
Diane Frendak

March 17–25, 2018

Broadview Heights Spotlights Cultural Arts Building

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... and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally over-sized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James' quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building.


Ellie Ritterbusch, James
Ryan Bergeron*, Ladahlord
Stephanie Malfara, Spiker
Peggy Newton, Sponge
Adam Bowers, Grasshopper
Tara Corkery, Ladybug
Kevin Cline, Earthworm
Lexi Frendak, Spider
Nicholas Beiser, Centipede

What is Theater for Young Audiences (TYA)?

This is the Spotlights’ first production of a new series of shows that are appropriate for children and highly entertaining for the whole family.

Prior to the performance, interactive educational stations teach the children about accepted theater etiquette and  audience expectations.

Following the show, children have the opportunity to meet and greet the cast members.

The Broadview Heights Spotlights is located on the Broadview Center Property, behind City Hall, next to the police station.

This show is appropriate for ages 4 and up.

Join us on one of the following days for this unique experience for the whole family!

  • Saturday, March 17 at 2:00PM
  • Saturday, March 17 at 6:00PM
  • Sunday, March 18 at 2:00PM
  • Saturday, March 24 at 2:00PM
  • Saturday, March 24 at 6:00PM
  • Sunday, March 25 at 2:00PM



*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors
and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract

The Spotlights' 2018 Theater for Young Audience Series is supported
in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

James and the Giant Peach—TYA
is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI,
425 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Tel.: (212) 541-4684 Fax: (212) 397-4684