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Purcellville Blog: Giant Peach Lands at Loudoun Valley

Loudoun Valley Theatre will present the “fantastical, whimsical show” “James and the Giant Peach the Musical” from April 20-23.

Based on one of Roald Dahl's most famous books, this musical is sure to bring out the fun-loving, adventure-seeking child within you, according to Aubrey Winger, a junior at Loudoun Valley High School.
The story is about a young boy named James, his two atrocious aunts, and tons of crazy creatures. At the beginning of the show, an orphaned James is forced to move in with his cruel, money-loving Aunt Sponge and her sister Aunt Spiker. Once James discovers a magic, gigantic Peach, he uses it to free himself from his bleak existence, befriending a group of singing, human-sized insects along the way. That is when the adventure really begins.

Directed by LVHS Drama director, Russ Staggs with musical direction by Dolly Stevens this is sure to be a top-notch production. The students and volunteers have been hard at work bringing James and the Giant Peach to the stage.

The lead players in the musical are Jack Powell as Centipede; Nick Tortora as Earthworm; Ian Carlson as Grasshopper; Hannah Nicholson as James; Claire Poirier as Spider; and Sophie Stapleton as Ladybug.
There will be 7 p.m. shows on April 20, 21, and 22, and 2 p.m. matinees on April 22 and April 23. Visit lvtheatre.org to purchase your tickets or buy them at the door. General admission is $12 and VIP admission is $18. Ticket proceeds fund LVHS Drama Boosters for future productions. Loudoun Valley High School is located at 340 Maple Ave. in Purcellville.

Woodgrove presents “Beauty and the Beast”

Woodgrove’s Black Box Productions will bring Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” to life on stage April 21 and 28 at 7 p.m. and April 22 and 29 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Directed by David Noland, the magical show will tell the story of Belle, who yearns for adventure, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under a spell. If the Beast can fall in love before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose, the spell will be broken and he will become a prince again.

A special “Tea with Belle” will be held April 22 at 12:30 p.m., prior to the 2 p.m. performance. The $15 ticket includes the matinee and admission to the tea, with an opportunity to visit Belle, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, Chip, creatures of the castle, have snacks and take photos before the show.

Woodgrove High School is located on Allder School Rd in Purcellville. Visit Woodgroveperformingarts.com for additional information.

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