Lady bug visit foreshadows casting

This summer, just days before Kaylee Harwood was approached about taking on a role in the Carousel Theatre for Young People’s production of James and the Giant Peach, she was sitting on her deck in Niagara, watching a few ladybugs dancing amid her sunflowers.

“It turned out to be a bit of a talisman that those ladybugs appeared on my porch just as I got the offer for the role as Lady Bug,” she said.

Harwood took it as a positive sign, and said her experience – from intense rehearsals through the month of November to to the first few productions of James in the past week – as a Lady Bug has been “tremendous.”

James made its Vancouver premiere on Saturday at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island, telling the whimsical story of James Trotter, who is swept away on an extraordinary journey with an unlikely contingent of insect friends.

Tickets to see Harwood and the rest of the James and the Giant Peach cast are available at 604-685-6217 or at

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