SDSU MFA’s present Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach.” Photo courtesy SDSU.

SDSU School of Theatre, Television, and Film presents the musical Roald Dahl’s “James
and the Giant Peach,” running Friday, April 26 – Friday, May 3 in SDSU’s Don Powell Theatre.

Music and lyrics are by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book is by Roald Dahl, and director is Stephen Brotebeck.

“James and the Giant Peach” is a musical production based on the 1961 novel by children’s author Roald Dahl. Dahl’s other well known works include “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Matilda,” and “The BFG.”

To create a magical and fantastical theatre experience, the MFA design team for this production, combines projections, shadow puppetry, lights, and costumes to bring the world of James and his peach to life. “James and the Giant Peach” begins in dreary, two-dimensional, 1959 England, and slowly transforms into an imaginary, three-dimensional world full of life and color.

“Everything that we do as designers is to reinforce this journey, so I think that a lot of our creativity stems from James as the protagonist and his personal journey,” said Scenic Designer Victoria Vitola.

Projections designer, Scott Boynton, has created all original projects for the project. They will be animated upon various surfaces incorporated into the scenic design.

“This really hammers home the vision of the SDSU design program, which is to keep students on the cutting edge of what the technology is and what we’re doing,” said Director Brotebeck.

“James and the Giant Peach” runs Friday, April 26 – Friday, May 3, 2019 in the Don Powell Theatre at San Diego State University. Tickets are $20 General, $17 Students/Seniors, $10 Children, and can be purchased online at

— College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, San Diego State University