Roald Dahl's fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends, and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit.

Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach is now a musical for the whole family to enjoy! Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by the Tony Award-winning (Dear Evan Hansen) and Academy Award-winning ("City of Stars" in La La Land) team of Pasek and Paul and a curiously quirky book by Timothy Allen McDonald (Roald Dahl's Willy WonkaThe Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley), critics rave: James and the Giant Peach is a "masterpeach!"

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 oversized 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.

Director: Kim Stephenson Smith
Music Director: Susan Tuten
Choreographer: Isaac Wesley Wilson

Dates / Times:

  • Friday, Feb 2nd @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Feb 3rd @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, Feb 3rd @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, Feb 4th @ 1:00pm
  • Friday, Feb 9th @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Feb 10th @ 2:00pm
  • Sunday, Feb 11th @ 2:00pm
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Ticket Prices:

Tickets will be on sale through the Mesa Arts Center starting at 10:00AM on 1/10/2018. All Ticket sales are final; no refunds or exchanges. Please contact CYT Box Office with questions.

Mesa Arts Center - Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse:

One East Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85201



A strange, magical storyteller. Often inserts himself into the story, in disguise, to help push the action forward.


A lonely young boy who lacks confidence. Having lost both his parents in a freak accident, he feels he belongs nowhere in the world. However, when given the right encouragement he becomes resourceful and innovative. A good friend.


James' mean aunt. A thief and a scoundrel. Shrewd and opportunistic. Very tall and thin.


James' other mean aunt. Also a thief and a scoundrel, but not nearly as bright as her sister. Very corpulent, she often has her mind on food.


A normal spider who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Her husband was killed and eaten by Spiker and Sponge. She is warm and friendly to James.


A wizened grasshopper who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. An excellent musician. Has his eye on Ladybug.


An ornery centipede who becomes human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Hates humans, in part because Spiker and Sponge fumigated his family. Prickly and rude, everyone thinks he is a pest.


A motherly ladybug who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Respectable and classy, she has a warm, caring heart. Has her eye on Grasshopper.


An earthworm who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. A bit of a scaredy-cat. He is neurotic and worried about everything, but is very friendly and brave when called upon.

Karla Kreatour

Billy Bobby-Cop

Bobby Bobby-Cop

Willy Wonka

Oompa Loompas

Mr. Trotter

Mrs. Trotter


Matron Nurse



Lucille Van Kooglestein

Bunny Mackenzie the Third

Bitsy Botana


Male Spider

Passing Woman 1

Passing Woman 2

Passing Woman 3

Farm Animals

Dancers (Seagulls/Sharks)

Ensemble - Crowd

Ensemble - Vagrants


Ladies Garden Guild

Hollywood Agents

Ensemble - New Yorkers

Cruise Ensemble

Ensemble - Garden Chorus