Production Staff:


Robyn Paley is the Theatre Teacher at Loiederman Middle School and is Directing James and the Giant Peach, Jr.

Kevin Kearney is the Executive Director of The Highwood Theatre and is serving as Musical Director for this unique production. 

Imani Gaston is a Choreographer and a Teaching Artist at The Highwood Theatre and is choreographing the musical numbers in the production.


Veronicka Lindsey is an English and Theatre Teacher at Loiederman Middle School and is Assistant Directing the production.

Shannon Cole is the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator and a Teaching Artist at The Highwood Theatre. She is Assistant Directing the production as well as overseeing the student Publicity crew.

Sarah Scott is the Director of Marketing and Communications and a Teaching Artist at The Highwood Theatre. She is overseeing the student Costume and Make-up crews for the production.

Toly Yarup is the Director of Operations and a Teaching Artist at The Highwood Theatre. He is overseeing the student Light and Sound crew as well as designing the lights and sound effects for the production.

Orion Stekoll is the Technical Coordinator and a Teaching Artist at The Highwood Theatre. He is overseeing the student Props and Set Design crews as well as constructing the set for the production.

Shannon Terry is a Special Ed Paraeducator at Loiederman Middle School and is overseeing the student Education team that will teach the theatre workshops to elementary students.

A Fresh Retelling of a Beloved Story

The Highwood Theatre is incredibly proud to present James and The Giant Peach, Jr. in collaboration with A. Mario Loiederman School for the Creative and Performing Arts, as our 2016-2017 Open Source Theatre Project. Re-imagined by the award-wining musical theatre composing team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, this new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved children's novel is an offbeat, hilarious and touching story for all ages. James and the Giant Peach, Jr. follows the misadventures of James, a young orphan who, after being sent off to live with his troublesome aunts, stumbles upon a magical concoction that sprouts an enormous peach, bringing him adventure, friendship and the family he had been dreaming of.  

Students Creating Theatre

This unique production is the first of its kind in The Highwood Theatre’s 14 year history. The cast of James and the Giant Peach, Jr. is made up of nearly 40 talented Loiederman students, while the technical crews consist of 60 more dedicated students. Eight theatre professionals from Highwood’s staff have been working alongside teachers at Loiederman Middle School since September to guide teams of students as they learn to do it all: acting, singing, dancing, stage management, set and costume design, lighting, audio, and marketing support. Funded in part by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County through the Wheaton Cultural Arts Grant, this project is dedicated to serving Wheaton area students and their families by giving them access to theatre and the extraordinary experience of interacting through the arts as a community.

Bringing Art to the Community
During November 16th - 18th, 1,600 students from eight Wheaton elementary schools will be transported by bus to Loiederman to watch free daytime performances of the show, while their families will be able see public performances at Loiederman November 18th - 19th at a discounted rate. Following the production, teams of Loiederman students will travel to Wheaton elementary schools to lead hands-on theatre workshops to share some of what they learned with 1,800 more young students. This incredible project is truly making an impact in our community, and making the arts accessible to thousands of local students and their families. 

James and the Giant Peach, Jr.

Loiederman Middle School's Production of
Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach
Words and Music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; Book by Timothy Allen McDonald

Based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach JR. Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.  www.MTIShows.com