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The Barn Stage Company’s 2017/2018 Season launches with Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach! This new musical featuring a wickedly tuneful score by the Tony Award-winning team of Pasek and Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, Dogfight and A Christmas Story the Musical) and a curiously quirky book by Timothy Allen McDonald is a treat for the whole family.
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. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building.
James and the Giant Peach will make its West Coast Regional Premiere with The Barn Stage Company, playing August 17th-27th at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater.
SUSAN DeLEON (Director) is excited to return to The Barn Stage Company and Southern California after spending the last year teaching acting and musical theatre at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. As a guest director here at The Barn Stage, Susan has been with us since conception and directed and starred in Next To Normal along side her daughter Jordan in the summer of 2014 at The Merc and returned that following year to direct The Last Five Years. Susan has been teaching, directing, and occasionally performing in a variety of venues from Collegiate to Professional theatre here in Southern California and abroad. She is a member of Actors Equity, holds an M.F. A. in Musical Theater from S.D. S. U. , and is a member of Musical Theatre Educators Alliance. As an artist, teacher, director she believes in preserving the history and integrity while continuing to explore the form of Musical Theatre and to ignite that passion in future generations of Musical Theatre artists.
JOHN MARIO Di COSTANZO (Musical Director) joins the Barn Stage Company for his fourth collaboration after Carousel, Chess and Camelot on the piano as MD for James and the Giant Peach. Among Barn Stage’s numerous Inland Theater League awards for the 2016 production of Chess was a coveted Founder’s award for John Mario as Music Director. He has been noted for his electrifying virtuosity as a conductor of Symphonic, Operatic and Popular orchestral repertory and his affinity for accompaniment of singers thoughout the Classical and Pop world. His exciting 2012-2014 conducting schedule as the principal tour conductor for Jackie Evancho’s Songs of the Silver Screen Tour, included appearances with the Atlanta Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Stockton Symphony, Dallas Pops, Baltimore Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Tacoma Symphony and also notably his Avery Fisher Hall and his Chicago Symphony Center debut. John Mario is completing his third highly-acclaimed season as the Music Director & Conductor for Temecula’s own Temecula Valley Symphony and The Coachella Valley Symphony of Palm Desert California.
CHELSEA NICOLE LAPP (Choreographer) is so excited to return to The Barn Stage Company on such a fun show! BSC audiences most recently saw her work this past March with Camelot in Concert. Chelsea is an award-winning choreographer whose work has been seen all over Southern California as well as Illinois, Washington, Idaho and New York. She recently stepped into a new role as the Director of The Barn Stage Company Conservatory and is thrilled to bring professional learning opportunities to students in the Temecula area. Regional: Carousel in Concert, Peter and The Starcatcher (ITL Award), Urinetown, Spring Awakening (Associate). NYC: Click, Clack, Moo (Associate, Theatreworks USA), Seussical The Musical. Other theatre credits: Traditions of Christmas (with Broadway Producer, Laura Little), Peter Pan: A New Musical (World Premiere), Footloose (PAMTA Award), Jesus Christ Superstar (NYT Award), 13 The Musical (NYT & ITL Award). Special thanks to Susan and The Barn Stage team for bringing her onto this project, and to my family for all their love and support. www.chelseanicolelapp.com