Nine O’Clock Players present kid-friendly ‘James and the Giant Peach’ through Sun., Apr. 7 in Hollywood

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If you have kids, take them to see James and the Giant Peach presented by the Nine O’Clock Players. If you don’t have kids, borrow some. This magical production is worth the trip.

James, an orphan, is sent to live with his only living relatives, his aunties, Striker and Sponge—two deliciously wicked sisters who are constantly scheming to make an easy buck. When they tell James to cut down their garden pest-infested peach tree, he stumbles upon a magic potion that produces a humongous peach.

The story is cute and the children were mesmerized

The sisters see this as “fruitful” for their wallets, and James finds some new friends, the aforementioned pests, now people size. The story is cute and silly and the children were mesmerized. The icing on the cake is that after the show they can meet the cast (all women) and get autographs.

James and the Giant Peach is based on a book by Roald Dahl, and adapted for stage by Timothy Allen McDonald. The music and lyrics are written by the Oscar and Tony-winning team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

The Nine O’Clock Players are celebrating their 90th season this year. Formed by the Assistance League of Los Angeles, this troupe is as good as it gets. Their musicals are professional and polished and youngsters as well as adults love them. The costumes and sets are elaborate and colorful and put together by these selfless volunteers. Many of the actors are trained singers and dancers and the performances are flawless.

“James and the Giant Peach” plays Sundays at 2pm through April 7. For information on field trips or large groups call (323) 545-6153 or visit NineOClockPlayers.com. The Assistance League of Los Angeles Theatre for Children is located at 1367 N. St. Andrews Pl. in Hollywood.  

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Laura Voeth has worked for some of L.A.’s most prestigious restaurants. In 2002, she began reviewing restaurants for Beverly Hills-based “Women On Top” magazine. She is also a freelance writer.

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