Summer Stage Steps Into Roald Dahl’s Magical World With James & The Giant Peach, Jr.

Cast members of James & The Giant Peach, Jr. include, clockwise from left: Mekhi Postell, Josiah Marker, Alana Gangadeen, and Olivia McGowan. Photo credited to Master Jones, Sarah Mackus, and Maria DiPietro.

Upper Darby Summer Stage welcomes audiences to float along with James & The Giant Peach, Jr! With performances on August 3rd, 4th, & 5th at 10:30am and August 4th at 7:00pm, the show follows a young boy as he and his insect friends embark on an exhilarating journey across the ocean inside a giant peach.

James & The Giant Peach, Jr. is part of this year’s series of family-friendly, hour-long shows presented by Upper Darby Summer Stage’s Children’s Theatre program. Tickets range from $10-$14 and may be purchased online any time at or by calling the Box Office at 610.814.7270 during office hours on Monday–Thursday from 9am-4pm or 9:30am-4pm on show days. The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located at 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue in Drexel Hill, just minutes from the Main Line and Center City. Parking is free. Masks are suggested but not required.

In this Summer Stage classic based on Roald Dahl’s best selling book, James Henry Trotter (Olivia McGowan of Springfield) is off on an epic adventure to track down the peach from his old fruit tree. Along the way, he’ll meet friends like Spider (Nes Himdi of Upper Darby), Earthworm (Amirah Pooree of Upper Darby), Grasshopper (Mekhi Postell of St. David’s), Centipede (Matthew Niznan of Upper Darby), and Ladybug (Alana Gangadeen of Drexel Hill) who will help guide him on this exciting quest that puts courage to the test.

Rachel Medori, director of James & The Giant Peach, Jr., expresses the show’s theme of finding one’s own family and home as she says, “James teaches us that family doesn’t just have to mean blood relatives. It runs much deeper than that.” 

Cast member Oliver Boyles says, “I really love James & The Giant Peach…as a story, but the musical itself is wonderfully over-the-top in places where you wouldn’t expect it and I think that really gives us a chance to shine creatively and to appreciate the show.” With jazzy songs, adorable puppets, and lovable characters, Upper Darby Summer Stage’s production of James & The Giant Peach, Jr. brings this classic story to a new generation.

Upper Darby Summer Stage is incredibly grateful to partner with Game On State to sponsor James & The Giant Peach, Jr. Upper Darby Summer Stage would also like to thank its season sponsor, Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School, for their support. Summer Stage 2022 is also supported through sponsor and host, Upper Darby School District, as well as founding sponsor, Upper Darby Township. Upper Darby Summer Stage is now officially a program of the not-for-profit Upper Darby Arts & Education Foundation.  

About Upper Darby Summer Stage:

Upper Darby Summer Stage is a national leader in creating outstanding performances for the community while empowering young people and entertaining families.

Summer Stage offers programs for students as young as 10 and up to age 28. Upper Darby Summer Stage is not only a great place to see a spectacular show, but also a great place for students to grow as artists and as young people! Visit for more information.

Stephanie Latchford
Director of Marketing and Communications, Upper Darby Arts and Education Foundation
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