Aydan Bahe of Ayer, Katie Rains of Groton and T.J. Kane of Westford in  James and the Giant Peach.
Aydan Bahe of Ayer, Katie Rains of Groton and T.J. Kane of Westford in James and the Giant Peach.

Littleton's Cannon Theatre feels just peachy with the New Year well underway. That's because it's proud to present "James and the Giant Peach," a fun family musical for all ages. Performances are Jan. 19, 26 and 27, and Feb. 2 and 3, at 7 p.m., and Jan. 20 and 27, at 1 p.m., at the theater, 410 Great Road, Littleton.

The show, featuring a cast of more than 30 kids and teens from Acton, Ayer, Chelmsford, Billerica, Groton, Sudbury and Westford, has music by Benj and Justin Paul and a book by Timothy Allen MacDonald. Tara Earl directs, and Sadie Rains is musical director.

The plot revolves around young James Henry Trotter, a lad who finds life tough. His conniving aunts send him to chop down their old fruit tree in the yard, a task that leads James to find some magic crystals. Incredible things happen when James accidentally spills the magic crystals onto the ground near an old peach tree. This sets James off on an amazing journey inside a giant peach. Along with his fantastical new friends, Old Green Grasshopper, Ladybug, Centipede, Miss Spider and Earthworm, James crosses the ocean in search of happiness.

It's a tasty tale of friendship, bravery and triumph, and a magical adventure for all. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $10 for kids 10 and under. Visit www.thecannontheatre.org or print out a ticket form from the website and mail it, with a check, to Cannon Theatre, 410 Great Road, Littleton, 01460.


Nancye Tuttle's email address is nancyedt@verizon.net.

On the marquee

CAMBODIAN PLAY AT MRT: Family is often the toughest language to learn. That's what Guy learns in the play "Knyum," opening this weekend at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell. It is written and performed by Vichet Chum in his acting and playwriting debut, and directed by KJ Sanchez. The play involves Guy, who works the night shift at a New York hotel and goes to class by day trying to learn Khmer, the language of his family's home, Cambodia. As he stumbles awkwardly toward fluency, he will embarrass himself and his parents. And he will awaken to parts of his heritage, both beautiful and excruciating, that shine through only in his dreams. Chum has been working on the play since he was a graduate student at Brown University/Trinity Rep (Class of 2011). He is excited to see it evolve into a fully realized play and equally excited to share it with the Lowell audience since the city has the second-largest Cambodian population in the country. MRT Artistic Director Sean Daniels is equally pleased to present a Cambodian-written play at MRT, noting that it has been one of his missions since coming here in 2015. Performances are Jan. 10-Feb. 4. Tickets are $26-$73 and on sale at www.mrt.org or call 978-654-4678.

DERRAH REMEMBRANCE: A memorial celebration for Tommy Derrah, one of Boston's most well-loved and talented actors, takes place Monday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m., at the Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St., in Boston's South End. Organized by Speakeasy Stage, it will honor Derrah, who passed away in October. He worked at theaters across the region, most notably at the ART in Cambridge and more recently at Speakeasy and Stoneham. Visit Speakeasy's Facebook page for information and to reserve a seat. Admission is free, but reservations are required.

IN THE WINGS: Tickets are on sale now for two upcoming shows in the Broadway in Boston 2018 season. The shows, all playing at the Boston Opera House, include "Love Never Dies," playing Jan. 30-Feb. 11; "Waitress," playing Feb. 20-March 4; and "The Book of Mormon," playing Aug. 14-26. Visit www.BroadwayInBoston.com for information.