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Benton Harbor, MI (February 29, 2016) – Kids On Stage will present “James and the Giant Peach Jr.” at the Kids On Stage theatre at The Orchards Mall.  The show will be performed Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 at 7:00pm, Sunday, March 13 at 3:00pm, Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 at 7:00pm and Sunday, March 20 at 3:00pm.  All tickets are $8.00 in advance and $10 at the door.  All seating is reserved with limited tickets available at the box office.  Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 269 313-2796.  The production is directed by Doug Fordyce, owner and director of Kids On Stage.  A National Youth Arts award winning children’s theatre company, Kids On Stage is dedicated to the development of life skills in children through the performing arts.  Kids On Stage is an opportunity for school-age children to grow in self-confidence and communication skills by preparing and performing high quality musical productions. 


2016 marks the 100th birthday of Roald Dahl. To celebrate, Kids On Stage is performing the brand new musical “James and the Giant Peach Jr.” The musical is based on the popular book by the same name. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way.


This “masterpeach” of a musical also features hilarious performances by Breanne Blackwell (Bridgman High School) and Eva Schley (Lake Michigan Catholic) as James’ evil aunties Spiker and Sponge.


Other characters include James played by Alana Voglewede (EP Clarke Elementary), Ladahlord played by Alyssa Hyska (Watervliet Middle School), Ladybug played by Anna Miesse (Upton Middle School), Grasshopper played by Joshua Dixon (St. Joseph High School), Spider played by Karen Smith (Lakeshore High School), Earthworm played by Kiana Bartloff (Grace Lutheran) and Centipede played by Mya Dixon (Upton Middle School).  


For more information, call 269 313-2795, email or go online to






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