Meet the “James and the Giant Peach Jr.” cast: Preston Dixon brings James to life in CTH’s new show

Preston Dixon is James in CTH's "James and the Giant Peach Jr."

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The Community Theatre of Howell’s production of “James and the Giant Peach Jr.” takes the stage at the Howell High School Freshman Campus March 9-11. All this week, leading up to opening night tonight, we’ve been introducing you to members of the cast.

Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, “James and the Giant Peach Jr.” is a brand new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty more.

In today’s story, we meet Preston Dixon, who plays the title role of James. Even though he’s only 11 years old, Preston is a CTH veteran, having appeared in several shows. This is the biggest role ever, though, for the sixth-grader at Farms Intermediate School in Hartland.

Which CTH shows or other shows have you been in previously?

“I’ve bee in “Into The Woods Jr.,” “Honk! Jr.,” “Phantom Tollbooth Jr.,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” all with the Community Theatre of Howell.”

What’s your favorite thing about being in this production of “James and the Giant Peach”? 

“My favorite thing about being in this production of “James and the Giant Peach” is the fact that I’ve got to meet so many incredible friends.”

What do you think the audience will enjoy the most when the see the show?

“I think the thing the audience will enjoy the most when the see the show is the amount of energy and fun we are having. There won’t be a moment when they’re not smiling.”

Tickets for “James and the Giant Peach Jr.” are $9, available by clicking here.

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