As young readers, many of us learned to love macabre tales by exploring the works of Roald Dahl. In his fantasy worlds, children were often whisked away from dark realities by magic—like a flying piece of fruit. Watch as Sacramento State University Theatre transforms into the enchanted setting of James and the Giant Peach. Master puppeteer Richard Bay directs Richard R. George’s adaptation of the children’s book. 8 p.m. April 5-8 and April 14-15; 6:30 p.m. April 12-13; and 2 p.m. April 9 and 16; $5-$8. Sacramento State University Theatre in Shasta Hall, 6000 J Street; (916) 278-4323; www.csus.edu/al/festival.