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Filament Theatre Ensemble's 'James and the Giant Peach' Gets Ready to Roll

By Heather Cherone | January 13, 2015 5:35am
 Tickets go on sale Tuesday for the Filament Theatre Ensemble production of the Roald Dahl classic.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday for the Filament Theatre Ensemble production of the Roald Dahl classic.
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Filament Theatre Ensemble

PORTAGE PARK — Tickets for the Filament Theatre Ensemble's production of Roald Dahl's classic tale "James and the Giant Peach" will go on sale Tuesday, officials said.

"James and the Giant Peach" tells the tale of James Henry Trotter, who is orphaned in a rhinoceros accident and forced to live as a servant for his two evil aunts, Sponge and Spiker.

But just as it seems all is lost for James Henry, a mysterious man appears and the boy finds himself inside the pit of a giant peach with new insect friends on a fantastical adventure.

Directed by Kathryn Walsh, Filament's production will feature music, puppets and circus feats to make Dahl's whimsical classic come alive.

The production stars members of the Filament Acting Company Lindsey Dorcus, Nathan Drackett, Christian Libonati along with guest artists Sarah Hecht, Rasika Ranganathan and Ryan Westwood.

The production will start Feb. 7 and run through March 15, with performances at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Special performances will take place at 10 a.m. Feb. 21 and March 14.

Tickets are $14 for children and $20 for adults. However, the preview performances at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 and 3 p.m. Feb. 8 are free. In addition, a limited number of "pay-what-you-can" tickets are available for the 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 and March 7 performances.

The formerly itinerant ensemble moved to Portage Park in 2013 and transformed the former furniture warehouse at 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave. into a performance venue.

The group hopes the theater will become a community hub in the Six Corners Shopping District, a desire shared by Ald. John Arena (45th), who has been working to turn the long-struggling area around Milwaukee Avenue, Cicero Avenue and Irving Park Boulevard into an arts and entertainment district.

For more information, go to filamenttheatre.org or at 773-270-1660.

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