The auditorium was bursting with talent when students of Delia School of Canada took to the stage for the annual school play. The production of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach involved 70 students from Grades Four to Six in the school's first musical at Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre. It is about a young boy, James Trotter, who is forced to live with his evil aunts in a ramshackle house at the top of a hill. James meets a magical old man who gives him the ability to change his world. Through this magic he comes in contact with six larger than life insects: a centipede, a grasshopper, a spider, an earthworm, a ladybird and a glow worm. The insects become his new family. Together they embark on a perilous journey across the world. As a result of the experience, James becomes more of a man and finds love and trust once again in his life - with the help and guidance of these wonderful and wacky insects. Yukie Sai, 11, and Maciek Pawlak, 12, played the spider and the grasshopper. 'I enjoyed the role. It gave me an opportunity to dress in beautiful costumes. Singing and acting on stage was fun too,' Yukie said. 'It is the biggest show I have ever done. We have to dance, sing and act. To get it right on the night, we spent hours rehearing,' Maciek said. Shan Singh, who played James, said the role was a great acting challenge. The 10-year-old said his cheerful and outgoing personality might have helped him win the part. 'His [James'] character quite fits me . . . I like acting and singing and my teacher thought my facial expressions suited the part,' he explained. Director Gord Brodie said he was impressed by the students' performance and the quality of the costumes. 'I was delighted. The students were wonderful and took direction very well,' Mr Brodie said. He hoped the audience enjoyed the show and understood the message behind the play - trust yourself and the people around you to make your dreams come true.