As Roald Dahl, author of James and the Giant Peach, wrote, "When you are writing fantasy, which is a very different thing from writing fiction, you must be able, the moment you pick up the pencil, to shut out all normal surroundings and go flying away into a magic world where everything is enchanting and fantastic." Erie Elementary Charter School wants to take audience members on the fantastic journey of James Henry Trotter as he enters the magical world of the Giant Peach and escapes the wretched living conditions forced upon him by the nasty Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker.
Our theatrical performance will include students in grades 4-8, and will be coached by various teachers who want to instill a love to the arts and theatre in our students. We will begin with our audition process in late October, where students will read lines from the script to the artistic staff. After, we will select our cast of about 20 students and begin our rehearsals, while the technical team then begins creating the sets, costumes, props and all of the technical parts to bring the magic to our stage. Rehearsals will happen twice a week for about 8 weeks after school. Throughout the rehearsal process students will be taught various parts of theatre from stage directions, line memorizing, and acting technique, while students on the technical team will learn about set design, costumes, props, lighting, and sound. At the end of the 8 weeks, we will begin to put the show together by incorporating all of the technical elements, the set, lights, costumes, and props. Finally, our performances will commence in early February, where the magic of James and the Giant Peach will come alive for the Erie Elementary Charter School Community.
Our goal through this project is to produce a high quality production with richer set pieces, more exciting costumes, microphones and lights, so that our students are able to share the magic of theatre with the Erie Elementary Community.
Risks and challenges
Since all of the artistic staff involved in this production are full-time teachers, time is always a challenge. Between teaching full loads and producing the play, time and money management is going to be of the utmost importance. BUT, our artistic staff is excited and motivated to produce an excellent show. While this will be a challenge, it is one that we gladly accept.
Our school and families also face a financial hardship that makes funding a high quality production difficult. Erie is located in a low income neighborhood in Chicago. Our school board and administration are committed to the arts and always put as many funds toward the theater department as possible, but it's not quite enough! In order to allow our students to participate in a high quality theater production WITHOUT asking for a participation fee, we need your help!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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