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All the world’s a stage And Prince Charles Park is about to become one, too By Dale Bass STAFF REPORTER dale@kamloopsthisweek.com

For her first professional gig directing a play, Melissa Thomas has some unique challenges. She has to make a giant peach roll. She needs to make sure the ants get squished and the earthworm’s tail moves. She’s got to stage an underwater scene and have seagulls flying by. All this in Prince Charles Park. “Things are coming together,” the longtime member of Project X Theatre of rehearsals for James and the Giant Peach, one of two plays being performed this year during X Fest. The other is Romeo and Juliet. “It’s been interesting,” Thomas said of coming up with creative ways of ensuring some of the more fanciful scenes occur without destroying the illusion of theatre for the audience — but she’s confident the magic will be there when the play opens o Wednesday, July 18. The two plays alternate nights to Saturday, Aug. 11. There’s also a matinee performance of James at 1 p.m. that day. The production reflects Project X’s decision to offer family theatre at its annual event, in addition to the traditional Shakespeare. XSee CREATING A19

Curtis Tweedie, as James, contemplates the behaviour of Aunt Sponge (Natscha Girgis) during rehearsal for James and the Giant Peach, one of two plays at X Fest this year. The annual festival starts Wednesday, July 18. Dave Eagles/KTW

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July 17, 2012 edition of the Kamloops This Week