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JAN 17-20, 2019
THU 7:30pm, FRI 7:30pm, SAT 2:00pm AND 7:30pm, SUN 2:00pm

Music & Lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Based on the book by Roald Dahl
Directed and Music Directed by Cassandra Pettigrew

Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach features a wickedly tuneful score by the Tony & Academy Award-winning team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land, The Greatest Showman, Dogfight and A Christmas Story: The Musical) and a curiously quirky book by Timothy Allen McDonald, critics rave: James and the Giant Peach is a "masterpeach!" When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach... and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements.



An Update on our Barn Junior Program for 2019...

Barn Junior…New Faculty! New Rehearsal Space! New Performance Venue!

New Faculty

Our 2019 Barn Junior production of Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach” will be directed and music directed by Cassandra Pettigrew. Cassandra is the current Music Teacher and Director at Cure’ of Ars Catholic School.

Cassandra received her BME at University of Central Missouri and Masters in Music Education from Central Methodist University.

She has taught for seven years and also gives private voice and piano lessons. Cassandra has Music Directed for the Theatre Department at Johnson County Community College and has helped prepare theater vocalists for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Cassandra will be assisted by Beate Pettigrew, the Chair for the Department of Music, Theatre, and Recording Arts and the Artistic Director for the theatre department at Johnson County Community College.

Beate has an MA in theatre from the University of Kansas and graduated magna cum laude with an MFA in Theatre Direction.

Nationally, Beate has been involved with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for over 30 years, serving as Region V’s Chair, National Chair of Chairs, National Selection Team, Student Dramaturg Coordinator, Directing Initiatives Coordinator, and the National Irene Ryan Acting Audition Coordinator. She is honored to have twice received the Kennedy Center Medallion of Excellence for her service.

Beate is proud to be the Immediate Past Artistic Director of the The Barn Players and is still on The Barn Players Advisory Board.

New Rehearsal Space

Rehearsals will be at Prairie Baptist Church at 7416 Roe Ave, Prairie Village, KS 66208.

New Performance Space

All five performances will be held at The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66212 on Thursday, January 17 and Friday, the 18th at 7:30 p.m., shows at 2:00 and 7:30 on the 19th and a 2:00 matinee on Sunday the 20th.

Students from grades 7-12 are eligible to be Barn Juniors. There is no tuition for this program.