Marigold Youth Spotlight Theatre to stage James and the Giant Peach Jr

Published on July 17, 2017

A few of the young actors taking part in James and the Giant Peach Jr. are, front, from left, Brooklynn Oliver, Will Maynard, Marly MacEachern; second row: Erin MacDonald, Kilah MacCoul, Maria Matheson and Cailean Clements.

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TRURO, N.S. - Nasty aunts, talking bugs and worms, and a giant peach are just some of the characters who will be part of the show when James and the Giant Peach Jr. is staged at the Marigold Cultural Centre.

Youth taking part in the Marigold Youth Spotlight Theatre will be performing July 20-22 and they’re excited.

“This is my first main role,” said 12-year-old Will Maynard, who plays James. “What I really like about theatre is the way something beautiful can be put together and a lot of people can enjoy it.”

It’s his fourth year participating in the camp and he said if it wasn’t going on he would probably be at home, bored.

Erin MacDonald, 13, who is playing Spiker, one of the nasty aunts, said she enjoys being part of a team effort.

“I end up playing a type of villain in most shows,” she said with a laugh. “It’s fun playing those parts though.”

She attended both Spotlight and Hubtown Youth camps last year.

Cailean Clements, 14, has been involved with theatre for about six years and is filling the role of what he calls the “magical and weird” narrator. Last month he was the youngest performer in Rock of Ages, at the Alumni Theatre.

“I felt really empowered to be part of that,” he said. “Theatre is a passion for me. I love the way a cast comes together. I’m not sure what my career will be but theatre will always be a passion.”


Spotlight alumni Emily Robertson is back in Truro for the summer and is directing and choreographing the show.