MUWILLUMBAH cast members Brodie Reilly playing Lady Bird, Logan Reilly as the old green Grasshopper, Koby L'Estrelle as lead James and Leah Coleman playing Centipede.
MUWILLUMBAH cast members Brodie Reilly playing Lady Bird, Logan Reilly as the old green Grasshopper, Koby L'Estrelle as lead James and Leah Coleman playing Centipede. Blainey Woodham/Tweed Daily News

Cast is peachy keen

REHEARSALS are under way for Murwillumbah Theatre Company's final production for the year.

James and the Giant Peach, adapted from the famous novel by Roald Dahl, will open this Friday, October 23 at the Murwillumbah Civic Centre.

The play tells the story of how James escapes from his miserable life with two nasty aunts by rolling away inside a giant peach and becomes a hero to his new insect family.

Murwillumbah school boy Koby L'Estrelle, 10, plays James, the hero of the play.

The young actor has performed in several productions for Murwillumbah Theatre Company. He played the role of Nick in last year's pantomime A Roomful of Magic and was an Elf in Rumpelstiltskin.

Koby's parents, Deb and Stuart, are also involved in the production - Stuart as the Glow worm and Deb as back stage assistant

The play is directed by Colin Elliott, who previously directed Dimboola and The World Bra Unclipping Championships at Garimba for the theatre company.

Publicity officer Rosemary Hume said patrons would recognise several of the insect characters.

“Logan Reilly stars as the wise old green Grasshopper, Leah Coleman as the boisterous but good natured centipede as well as Maddog Davison as the narrator,” Ms Hume said.

“Newcomers are Natalie Stephenson as the gentle long-legged spider, Claudia Allard as the blind and pessimistic earthworm and Brodie Riley as the motherly ladybird.

"The roles of the cruel aunts are played by Elaine Woodgate as thin as a stick Aunt Spiker and Carol Evans as dim-witted and obese Aunt Sponge.”

  • JAMES and the Giant Peach continues for two weekends. Tickets from Murwillumbah Music shop on (02) 6672 5404.


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