Oak Bay actor develops Earthworm sensibilities

Kaleidoscope Theatre brings James and the Giant Peach at McPherson Playhouse Nov. 12 and 13

Oak Bay actor Jarod Crockett performs with Kaleidoscope theatre in James and the Giant Peach Nov. 12 and 13.

Oak Bay actor Jarod Crockett performs with Kaleidoscope theatre in James and the Giant Peach Nov. 12 and 13.

Oak Bay actor Jarod Crockett is cultivating his movements and tone to become the earthworm in the coming production of James and the Giant Peach. It’s not easy to be Earthworm.

“I haven’t quite gotten the hang of it yet,” admits the Canadian College of Performing Arts graduate. “I’m still trying to work out the physicality and the voice.”

Kaleidoscope Theatre presents Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story, directed by Roderick Glanville, Nov. 12 and 13.

“(Earthworm is) kind of a downer. Life’s hard for this guy … but of course it’s children’s theatre so everything’s heightened,” Crockett says. “It’s a really energetic, upbeat – Earthworm notwithstanding – show about overcoming obstacles and finding confidence in yourself, and that the designer and the creative team have brought the classic story to life in a very unique and exciting way, and on an impressive scale.”

When James is sent to live with his aunts he longs for a real family and discovers a magical peach inhabited by fantastical creatures. With Grasshopper, Ladybug, Centipede, Spider and Earthworm, James embarks on an extraordinary adventure.

A talented cast of seasoned actors – professional Vancouver-based Valerie Sing Turner, Victoria’s own Ingrid Moore, Jane Gaudet, Andrew Lynch, Sarah Murphey, Crockett and Daniel Yaxley as James – weave the tale.

Crockett worked with Glanville, also Kaleidoscope’s artistic director, in last season’s CCPA production of Great Expectations. “I love how open he is to suggestions and happy accidents,” he said.

“He has a great sense of humour and cultivates a really fun, relaxed rehearsal environment, and I think personally that when you are having a good time in the process of putting together a show, the ease and joy of that comes through to the final product, and the show is more fun to watch.”

Kaleidoscope aims to create original, innovative and relevant theatre experiences that stimulate and inspire young people.

“The scope of this production is really impressive,” Crockett said, even as the gigantic peach was still under construction.

The show provides a range of creative possibilities for Kaleidoscope’s seasoned design team, including original music, mask, puppets, shadow play, large scale set.

See James and the Giant Peach at McPherson Playhouse Nov. 12 and 13. Buy tickets at www.rmts.bc.ca or in person at the McPherson box office.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

BC Coroners Service is currently investigating a death at Canoe Cove Marina and Boatyard in North Saanich. (Black Press Media File)
Drowning death in North Saanich likely first in B.C. for 2021

Investigation into suspected drowning Monday night continues

Located at 9750 West Saanich Rd., this North Saanich mansion is on the market for $10.25 million. (Realtor.ca photo)
Located at 9750 West Saanich Rd., this North Saanich mansion is on the market for $8.65 million. (Realtor.ca photo)
The five most expensive homes for sale in Greater Victoria

A roundup of luxury estates currently on the market

The Greater Victoria School District and two retired teachers are named as defendants in a lawsuit alleging that a student was sexually abused in the early 2000s. (Pixabay photo)
Former Saanich student files sexual abuse lawsuit against school district, retired teachers

Lawsuit claims student was groomed, abused by retired teacher

(Black Press Media file photo)
Mechanical issues blamed for Saanich car fire

‘Nothing untoward’ suspected, no injuries reported, firefighter says

Sidney's Beacon Wharf
Pontoon company piqued at prospect of public-private partnership around Sidney wharf

Seagate approached to submit proposeal for public-private partnership

Toronto Public Health nurse Lalaine Agarin sets up for mass vaccination clinic in Toronto, Jan. 17, 2021. B.C. is set to to begin its large-scale immunization program for the general public starting in April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
B.C.’s COVID-19 mass vaccinations expected to start in April

Clinics to immunize four million people by September

Terry Keogh, an RDN Transit driver, used his paramedic skills the morning of Jan. 22 after coming across an unconscious woman along his route in downtown Nanaimo. (RDN Transit photo)
Nanaimo transit driver stops his bus and helps get overdosing woman breathing again

Former EMT from Ireland performed CPR on a woman in downtown Nanaimo on Friday

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam speaks during a daily briefing in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
31 cases of COVID-19 variants detected in Canada: Health officials

Dr. Theresa Tam made announces 13 more variant COVID-19 cases in Canada

Daily COVID-19 cases reported to each B.C. health region, to Jan. 20, 2021. Island Health in blue, Northern Health green, Interior Health orange, Vancouver Coastal in red and Fraser Health in purple. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate stays stable with 508 cases Friday

Vaccine delivered to more than 110,000 high-risk people

Black Press file photo
Investigation at remote burned-out Vancouver Island cabin reveals human remains

Identity of victim not released, believed to be the owner of an SUV vehicle found parked nearby

Angela Waldick is the new team photographer for the Nanaimo NightOwls. (Nanaimo NightOwls photo)
Half-blind photographer will help new Island baseball team look picture-perfect

Nanaimo NightOwls say legally blind team photographer is making history

School District 57 headquarters in Prince George. (Mark Nielsen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter)
Prince George school district settles with sexual abuse victim

Terms were part of an out-of-court settlement reached with Michael Bruneau, nearly four years after he filed a lawsuit

Surrey provincial court. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
New COVID-19 protocols set for provincial courthouses

The new rules were issued on Jan. 21, and took effect immediately

Dog owners, from left, Marlyn Briggs with Nayla, Marjory Sutherland with Effie and Mick, and Christina Godbolt with Conon walk their pets frequently at the Chemainus Ball Park but are growing increasingly concerned about drugs being found discarded in the area. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Puppy rushed to emergency 3 times after ingesting drugs in Chemainus public spaces

Dog owners walking in Chemainus parks urged to take caution

Most Read