BURLINGTON - James Henry Trotter is pretty much a normal boy whose life is turned upside down by a rather bizarre tragedy.

BURLINGTON - James Henry Trotter is pretty much a normal boy whose life is turned upside down by a rather bizarre tragedy.
His parents are killed in an accident involving a hungry rhino at the zoo, and he finds himself living with his only surviving relatives - two aunts who just happen to be pick-pocketing misers who hate children.
The aunts see the opportunity for free labor in their nephew, however, and put him to work.
One of the tasks he is given is to chop down a peach tree. Mix that task in with the discovery of a book of magic potions, the giant peach that grows as a result of one of those potions, and all the wonderful creatures that James discovers living within the gigantic fruit, and you have the beginning of the amazing story of “James and the Giant Peach.”
Originally a children’s book, the story has been adapted into a musical, which will be Apple Alley Players’ first presentation for Summer 2017 at the Larenim Park Amphitheater near Burlington.
What better place to embark on such a wonderful adventure than under the stars in the hills of West Virginia?
The children’s show is under the direction of Tommy Nester, who directed last summer’s “Godspell Jr.,” as well as all theatrical productions at Keyser Middle School.
Curtis Westfall and Skylar Spanburgh are returning as choreographers, and Chris McCabe is the musical director.
Jace Courrier will be starring in the production as James Henry Trotter, with his oldest brother Justice portraying his father and Brielle Windle as his mother.
The spinster aunts Spiker and Sponge will be portrayed by Jaiden Courrier and Hannah Yazdani.
The production features a wide variety of creatures, including spiders, grasshoppers, ladybugs, earthworms, centipedes and more who embark on a harrowing adventure on the high seas with James - using the peach for both transportation and food.
“James and the Giant Peach” will be presented Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 9-11 and 16-18 at 8 p.m. at the Larenim Park Amphitheater.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and will be available at the gate.
Tickets may also be reserved by visiting applealleyplayers.com and using paypal; the tickets can then be picked up at the gate.