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24 | November 9, 2017 | Malibu surfside news Life & Arts malibusurfsidenews.com Imaginative classic to come to life at MHS Special children’s matinee to include bug truck, more Lauren Coughlin, Editor “James and the Giant Peach” is a children’s show, but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy production. In fact, the cast members of Malibu High School’s upcoming musical, based on the Roald Dahl classic, have had their work cut out for them while rehearsing. They have taken lessons from a dialect coach, become acquainted with puppetry and undertaken choreography. Now — in an imaginative and larger-than-life fashion — they are ready to share their efforts with audiences on Nov. 16-19. The show will be performed at 7 p.m. Nov. 16, 17 and 18. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Nov. 19, and a special children’s matinee at 1 p.m. Nov. 18. Tickets for each show cost $25. The children’s matinee will feature highlights from the show, a meet and greet with the cast, refreshments and a visit from the Critter Squad bug truck. The cast will also be performing assemblies at Webster and Juan Cabrillo schools. “It’s a way for us, as high-schoolers, to give back to the community in a different way than just performing,” Malibu High School’s Theatre Arts Director Jodi Plaia said. Please see James, 27 Malibu High School students (left to right) Gina Marcellino, Ava Ray, Nina Gonzalez, William Hammond, Kira Smit and India Lee rehearse for “James and the Giant Peach.” Photo Submitted Showtimes 7 p.m. Nov. 16, 17 and 18 1 p.m. Nov. 18 (special children’s matinee) 2 p.m. Nov. 19 To purchase tickets, which cost $25, visit malibuhigh.org. ‘James and the Giant Peach’ cast list William Hammond as James Winona Weber as Aunt Spiker Claire Anneet as Aunt Sponge Kira Smit as Ladahlord Juliette Larsen as Spider Gina Marcellino as Ladybug Ava Ray as Grasshopper Nina Gonzalez as Centipede India Lee as Earthworm Ensemble members Elle Baker, Layne Jacobson, Davis Kerbeck, Bailey Mathews, Ava Newman and Caden Stockwell Crew members Grace Colburn, Renee Pacheco, Owen Pederson, Ian Rouse, Dunya Taylan and Natalie Welles Ride of the Week Seven days in a five-door Toyota Prius V Fireball Tim Lawrence Contributing Columnist Malibu resident There are practical cars and exciting cars, adventure cars and silly cars, custom-built cars, manufacturer cars and over-the-top cars. There’s a car for everyone, which is why it makes sense that the 2017 Toyota PriusV exists. We all like different cars for different reasons and I’m not one to pooh-pooh anything with four wheels, especially if a company wants to send me a car. I drive just about everything between a classic ’38 to an exotic Jaguar, but sometimes you just have to put your feet on the ground and hop into a Prius. Up until now, I wasn’t really into the Prius, as most people I see driving them either drive too fast or there are just too many of them. But get behind the wheel as we do on our show for about seven days, and your perspective begins to shift. Any car company that sets out to create a product to better the lives of human beings as a whole is to be commended. Sure, we can easily criticize just about anything, but as an evolutionary species, criticism doesn’t help us grow. Gratitude does. So when the folks at Toyota built the original Prius, it wasn’t perfect or necessarily good looking. But as the years have gone on, the ecofriendly model has come into its own, adopting new, more interesting styling and refining its ability to transport us with ease. Where the Prius excels is its ability to slowly adjust to our way of thinking without making us shift in monumental moves. Good thinking. Not everyone is ready for an electric car yet, but most are ready for some sort of transition. The Toyota Prius fills that with its $23K price tag, five-door wagon configuration and 43mpg. Just about anyone can afford to keep the planet clean along with picking up after yourself. But that requires a conscious awareness, which many still don’t have yet. This is why we still have gas guzzlers, trash on the beach and McDonald’s. But as we cruise into the 21st Century, many are experiencing a shift in their lives to expand and enhance their outlook. What can I do to make my life better? The Toyota PriusV is certainly an option. Can it be refined more? Sure. Does it need more upgrades? Of course. But where it stands now is pretty good. Need a conscious car that won’t necessarily break your bank, end up in a movie or wow your neighbors? The PriusV just may be it. But if you’re like me, then you may want a Mad Max Cadillac Monster Truck Limo also. But parking that at Ralphs will be a bit challenging. I commend Toyota for sticking to its guns and committing to creating products that serve humans best. Yes, they aren’t the only tool in the shed, but from a practicality viewpoint, it’s an efficient tool that gets the job done. And that’s what you want so you can go get a cup of coffee, relax and know it was a job done well. Sounds like a plan. Want to be featured in Ride of the Week? Send Fireball an email at askfireball@fireball tim.com.

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