James and the Giant Peach
by San Diego Junior Theatre
San Diego Junior Theatre’s Peach (Feb 28-Mar 16, 2014) was superb!! Set designer Tony Cucuzella’s pivotal rotating and gyrating center set piece was an engineering marvel creating a visual explosion to the senses. Not to be outdone, Costume Designer Mallory Devlin’s use of Black and White to enhance the show’s color juxtaposition was masterful, as the costumes literally grabbed attention like fireworks. Director Ira Bauer-Spector’s blocking was like a ballet with everyone moving on and off, up and down, and around, over and down, all in a lovely synchronicity. The pacing was perfectly brisk, and the cast’s energy was invigorating. Michael Barahura’s lighting was captivating, with not only precise and imaginative coverage and coloring, but pin-point timing on the cues. Francia Cohen’s wigs were stunning. But, being a sound person myself, I was most impressed with Robin Whitehouse’s crystal clear sound.
And all of that has nothing to do with the cast who were simply, without a doubt, phenomenal as an ensemble, and as individuals. Getting the show out of the box with a home run, Trystan Colburn, a male playing Aunt Spiker was simply hilarious!!! It was just a delight that Emily Morrison (Aunt Sponge) was up to the task of sharing the limelight with him. Together they were as simply perfect as their spot-on prosthetics. Their performances should be shown to future students as instruction material. They were so good, that it was hard for anyone else in the cast to rise to that level. But, Pierre Cozic did it! As James, he had the perfect look, accent and acting chops. He carried the show on his little shoulders, and made it a hit. The inhabitants of the Peach were each very good in their own way, but Nick Asaro, as the blind earth worm, picked up the comedy baton once James escaped from the Aunts. He had the audience eating out of his hands. Even the storytellers stood out, which is hard for narrators to do.
The only thing that I was terribly disappointed with was that it was so short. I loved it so much , I would have liked to see a 2-hour show, and this show was less than one hour.
Performed February 28 - March 16, 2014
Add Artist Page
Auditions | Workshops | Drama Instruction | Playwrights/Scripts | Vendors | Links | Advertising | About Us