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James and the Giant Peach Recommended

When: Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m., 2 & 5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 4 2015
Price: $18-$22

Killer rhinos and wholesome family theater

Between the parental cruelty of Matilda and the homicidal confectioner of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl is responsible for generations of whimsical nightmares. James and the Giant Peach, in which the hero's mummy and daddy are gobbled up by a crazed rhinoceros, is no different. Undeterred by rhino rampages, the Bay Area Children's Theatre has set James' struggles to a kicky musical score courtesy of Tony Award-nominated songsmiths Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The musical, directed by Nina Meehan, is tailored to budding young theatergoers with colorful costumes, comedy, and of course, giant bugs. The show is recommended for kids ages 4 and up — this is Dahl, after all.

— Giselle Velazquez


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