Enter stage left: “The Witches,” a frightfully fun, live theatre production by Young Actors Theatre (YAT). Adapted from the Roald Dahl book of the same name, “The Witches” tells the story of “Girl” and her grandmother who travel from Norway to England and find themselves in mixed up with the witches of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, although the group’s mission is anything but.
YAT will offer three performances of “The Witches,” each one free of charge. Show dates are:
- Wednesday, October 1 at 6:00pm at the Central Library
- Friday, October 3 at 8:00pm at the Murphy Arts Center in Fountain Square
- Saturday, October 4 at 2:00pm at the Central Library
The cast of the show includes 20 youth actors, who range in age from 12 to 17. Each actor auditioned for and earned his or her spot in the show.
The set for this traveling production is minimalist, made up completely of cardboard boxes, which allow the real stars of the show to shine — the paper wigs fashioned by costume designer Beck Jones, who happens to be a high school freshman and a member of YAT.
Jones will be offering a newspaper wig class one hour before the October 1 and October 4 shows. There is no charge for the class, but seating is limited and reservations must be made in advance by calling the Central Library at (317) 275-4222.
YAT is able to present “The Witches” free of charge thanks to the sponsorship of the Efroymson Family Fund and the Central Library. It is YAT’s mission to create theatrical opportunities that instill confidence, creativity and discipline in children and teens.