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The Balladeers channeled Mulan, Gloria Gaynor, and Beyoncé as they entertained Middle and Upper School students at their annual morning assembly.

Lower School Presents 'James and the Giant Peach JR'
James and his insect friends journey across the ocean,
with sharks nearby.

After months of rehearsals, show time arrived on Friday, when a large cast of students in Grades 3-5 performed James and the Giant Peach JR, a musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's novel.

Lower School drama teacher Mrs. Keara Gordon directed, with musical direction by Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Judy Previti and choreography by Ms. Cindy McArthur, Director of Summer and Auxiliary Programs. The Assistant Directors were Grade 3 teacher Mr. Aaron Kellner and Grade 4 teacher Ms. Pat Casey.

The story's central theme concerns James, an orphan who finds a loving family in the most unlikely of places. He and his insect friends share an amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. There were two performances: a matinée for students and an evening show for parents. At the conclusion of the matinée, the performers were showered with hugs and congratulations by their friends and classmates!

View photos from the Friday matinée at and click on "2017-2018."

Contact: Greg Waxberg '96, Communications Writer,