"James and the Giant Peach" the Musical
Background Information about the Musical:
James and the Giant Peach, the book, was written by Roald Dahl in 1961. A film version was made in 1996, and the musical version written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul premiered in 2010.
Poor little James’ parents die and he is sent to live with his two aunts who don’t love him one bit, but instead treat him as a slave. One day he meets a mysterious old man who gives James a potion to drink. The potion accidentally spills on a peach tree, and its magic causes a peach and some insect inhabitants to grow to an immense size. James ends up inside the peach with his new friends and goes on adventures across the ocean and through the air from England all the way to America.
- James Henry Trotter
- The Old Man/Narrator
- Aunt Spiker
- Aunt Sponge
- The Centipede
- The Earthworm
- The Old Green Grasshopper
- The Lady-bug
- Miss Spider
Listen to some of the songs:
"Shake it Up:
"Everywhere That You Are"
OPTIONAL EXTENSION IDEAS:
Listen to James and the Giant Peach, the Musical:
Download the James and the Giant Peach album for FREE here.
Read or Listen to the Book:
(See here for links to all books, DVDs, etc. listed in this lesson.)
Behind-the-Scenes Videos of the Musical (recording the album):
The full musical performed by an amateur Children’s Theater:
Watch the Movie:
(Caveat- I have not seen this movie.)
Do a Play:
- James and the Giant Peach lesson plans
- Discussion questions and activities.
- Ideas about researching insects, poetry, drawing a scene.
- Read a biography of Roald Dahl
- "Roald Dahl Day" Ideas (September 13)
Peach Recipes and Projects: