The UNC Greensboro School of Theatre’s North Carolina Theatre for Young People will present The Witches: A Frightful, Quirky, and Fun Adaptation
The UNC Greensboro School of Theatre’s North Carolina Theatre for Young People will present The Witches, playing at 2:00 p.m. on Nov. 16, 17 and 23 in the Taylor Theatre. This faithful adaptation of Dahl’s book by the same name will delight children and adults with inventive puppetry, illusion, magic, original compositions by UNCG student James Stryska, and fantastic special effects.
Roald Dahl is known for his sly humor, unexpected endings, and villainous adult characters who complicate the lives of the children in his stories. Despite the challenges faced by the youth, his tales often champion the kindhearted and feature an underlying warm sentiment. Dahl’s other works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The BFG. The Witches conveys the story of Boy and his Grandmother’s fight against the Grand High Witch and her followers who are holding a conference in an English seaside hotel. During this struggle, Boy is turned into a mouse, but he learns that being loved matters more than physical appearance.
MFA Theatre for Youth student Chad Parsons is leading the creative team for this production. Parsons believes that frightening things can be exciting and fun. He states that “The Witches is a cautionary tale that spins us into a fantastical and magical world. It is a reality that is strangely not too unlike our own: We will never be without fear or evil, but we must learn to overcome this fact in order to move forward in a healthy way. The Witches is known to be one of Dahl’s greatest love stories. It reminds us that we need to find and embrace love despite terrifying and challenging circumstances.”
Tickets are available online at www.uncgtheatre.com, by phone (336.334.4392), or in person at the UNCG Theatre Box Office located at 406 Tate St., Greensboro, NC 27412. The hours of operation for the UNCG Theatre Box Office are Monday-Friday 1:00-5:00 pm. For group tickets to student matinees, please call 336-334-4015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.