Bishop Dwenger readies‘James and Giant Peach’



Christy Maloney directs rehearsal for “James and the Giant Peach” at Bishop Dwenger High School.

Rehearsals for the Bishop Dwenger High School spring musical “James and the Giant Peach” are in full swing, with shows set for April 27-29.

In this whimsical adventure based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl, the main character is a lonely orphan boy named James who lives with his two cruel aunts. A bit of magic suddenly falls into the boy’s hands and his boring, miserable life takes a dramatic turn toward adventure and friendship. James is given a mysterious pouch which he accidentally drops near an old peach tree. An enormous peach grows and James soon makes friends with the human-sized insects living inside.

Bishop Dwenger H.S. musicals are always larger than life productions. The talented cast made up of middle schoolers and high schoolers have been working together since February to memorize music and learn choreography for the performances. There are many characters in the musical so the cast is quite large. Some cast members are performing in their first musical and many are veterans who are available to help direct the newcomers. Crew is also working very hard on making the stage performance-worthy. They usually work a few hours after school a couple days a week on building stage props, painting sets and nailing pieces together.

Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m. is Kids and Family Night, when any child younger than 12 could win a pool and pizza party courtesy of Fort Wayne Holiday Inn and New Haven Pizza Hut. Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m. is B.D. Date Night, when two Bishop Dwenger students are admitted f0r the price of one. On Sunday, April 29, at 2 p.m. it’s Grandparents Day. All grandparents will be honored with a half-off ticket. General admission is $8, with children 5 and younger admitted free. Bishop Dwenger students pay $6. Reserved seating is $10 and must be arranged ahead of the performance. Contact Lynette Bakle at for reserved seating information. Bishop Dwenger H.S. is at 1300 E. Washington Center Road, Fort Wayne.

When you arrive, grab a peach-themed concession stand treat and snap a photo in the musical photo area.

Follow Bishop Dwenger Choir and Drama on Facebook for behind-the-scenes auditions, rehearsals, interviews, special activities and fun events.

Everyone continues to give their all to make this family-friendly musical production as exciting and hysterical as possible.

(The writer is a senior at Bishop Dwenger High School and a member of the marketing team for the school musical.)