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Children’s show on stage this weekend

James and the Giant Peach, a play for the whole family, will be held in the Robinson Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 27, at 2:00 p.m. Performed by the freshman and sophomore Providence Players, this delightful children’s show is an offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure about a boy, his insect friends, and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. Tickets are $5 for adults and students (K-12) and can be purchased at the door. Free admission for children under 5 and for Deanery teachers.

Sophomores Katelyn Phillips and Katie Riggs are members of the cast and looking forward to the show. Katelyn plays Ladybug, and Katie is Spider. Both girls were in the show last year in minor roles so are pleased to have named roles. They said they liked the chance to play different characters than they have before.

“It’s really interesting to be the ladybug because out of all the characters in this play, I didn’t really see myself being a ladybug,” Katelyn said. “So it’s somewhat challenging, but a lot of fun to do.”

They said they feel more prepared to be on stage this time, having been in the cast for last year’s show.

“The show last year prepared me because this year I knew what to expect, and I now know just how we’re supposed to act for the younger kids coming to see it,” Katelyn said.

Katie agrees.

“It helped me work on being loud and dramatic,” Katie said.

Freshman Aidan Singleton plays the Old Green Grasshopper in his first children’s show, and he is grateful for the opportunity to have a named role his first year.

“I love playing the part of a musical person,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting to show all the work we’ve done for the past months.”

Sophomore Sarah Boehm plays the lead role of James and said she is “looking forward to performing for the little kids.”

Katelyn and Katie said they are excited about the opening performance on Saturday. Katelyn said she is looking forward seeing “the expressions on people’s faces and seeing how much they laugh at what we’ve worked hard” to produce while Katie said she likes the excitement of opening night.

“The adrenaline rush is one of my favorite parts,” Katie said.

Katelyn is a member of Drawing Club and Providence Singers, and Katie is in Drawing Club and Quick Recall, and plays Girls Tennis. Sarah is on the Track, Cross Country, and Swim teams and is a member of Providence Singers and Pinterest Club. Aidan is in Quick Recall, Pinterest Club, and Pro-Life Club.

In related news, tickets to the fall musical, Little Shop of Horrors, are on sale on the school website. The show is Nov. 14-17. More information will be in the next eVision.

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