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St. Agatha's student thespians ended the spring term with a musical staging of 'James and the Giant Peach'

DAVID F. ASHTON - Just before their first live performance of this years St. Agatha Catholic School musical production of James and the Giant Peach, we visited a rehearsal; here, by magic, James and his insect friends have just changed size and are now INSIDE the peach! For their spring musical play production, the students at St. Agatha Catholic School in Sellwood presented "James and the Giant Peach" in the week of May 20 in the school's auditorium.

The plot of this children's novel, turned into a musical play in 2010, centers around a young orphan boy who enters a gigantic magical peach, and has a wild and surreal cross-world adventure with seven magically-altered garden bugs he meets on the journey.

"This musical is a wonderful selection, because of the engaging music styles and the story, and the roles that the young actors can embrace," commented the show's Director, and new St. Agatha drama teacher, Molly Williams-Stuckey. "It has choreography that captures the whimsy and energy of James' adventure with his insects."

Students auditioned for parts before Spring Break, and they started rehearsing March 28.

"This year, we have 33 actors and five crew members, including students from grades 3 through 8," she said. "By including the younger students, they learn what it takes to put on a production. And, it also allows older students, who have been in previous shows, to become leaders and teach the younger students.

"I am so excited to have brought this amazing show to St Agatha to showcase the wonderful talent and energy we have here at this school," Williams-Stuckey smiled. "This shows the growth and commitment that our St Agatha community has made to our drama and arts programs over the years."

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