We are so lucky to have not one, but TWO talented young actors playing James in our upcoming musical, James and the Giant Peach. Both actors will bring such unique and wonderful performances, it's worth seeing the show twice to catch them both in action! We wanted to ask them a few questions to get to know them better; check out the interview to see what we found out!


Theo Curl

Age: 9

Public performance dates: 5/7 (2pm), 5/8 (11am), 5/15, 5/21, 5/28

Favorite movie: "This is a tough question because I love A LOT of movies. But, I'd have to say my VERY favorite movie is Pitch Perfect 2."

Favorite food: "Ummmm. I love pizza. My favorite pizza is from Lovely's Fifty Fifty. If you know Sarah, the owner, she might make you a pizza in the shape of a cat or a snail. She once made me a pizza that spelled out my whole name T-H-E-O! Separate pizzas for each letter. Deluxe."

Favorite song: "Oh, god. Um, Oh, wait. No no no.  I love LOVE music. This is harder than the movie question. I love 'Never Ever Getting Rid of Me' from the new musical, Waitress

A non-musical song? Hmmmm. I know! I love 'Ship to Wreck' by Florence + the Machine. The first real concert I ever went to was Florence when she played at Edgefield. It was amazing."

Favorite show (besides James, of course) you've ever been in: You know what I really love? Shine Children's Chorus. This year we went on a tour and sang at elementary schools around town. It was very fun. It's not a show, but it IS a show.

My dream role in a show would be to play the King of England (King George) in Hamilton. I should be a little older though."

Favorite part of James and the Giant Peach: "I'm thinking. I love so much. The words! The story! The chase and the parts leading into 'Shake It Up' are my favorite though."

Anything else you would like to add? "You didn't ask about books, so I'll tell you anyways. I love reading and my favorite book that I've read so far in life is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by the same person who wrote James and the Giant Peach. I love the part about 'square candies looking round.' It's so so so funny. SO FUNNY." (laughing)

Theo Curl as James, Gerrin Mitchell as Ladahlord. 


Aida Valentine

Age: 11

Public performance dates: 5/7 (5pm), 5/8 (2pm), 5/14, 5/22, 5/29

Favorite movie: "Forest Gump."

Favorite food: "French fries."

Favorite song: "'My Shot' from Hamilton." 

Favorite show (besides James, of course) you've ever been in: "Sound of Music."

Favorite part of James and the Giant Peach: "Singing to Centipede and the opening number, 'Right Before your Eyes.'"

Anything else you would like to add? "I LOVE the cast, I love Theo,  and I would like someone to give me free tickets to Hamilton." 

Aida Valentine as James, Victoria Blake as Sponge, Stephanie Leppert as Spiker.


Watch the video to see Theo and Aida behind the scenes at our photo shoot!