Riverside Children’s Theatre presents Roald Dahl’s award-winning children’s book, The Witches. Part of RCT’s 2016-2017 Student Series, The Witches performs on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 on the Anne Morton Stage.
One of Dahl’s lesser known books, The Witches still contains all the delicious dark humor for which he is known. First published in 1983, the story concerns a young boy and his grandmother, who stumble upon a convention of witches while they are on vacation. When the boy hears of their plan to turn all the children of England in to mice, he embarks on an adventure to defeat them.
“This is a great show for our students to tackle because there are many challenges to putting it on,” says Director Kevin Quillinan. “There will be a little puppetry and a lot of stage magic to help tell this story. Plus, the kids will also have the opportunity to play characters out of their comfort zone.”
British novelist Roald Dahl was a short story writer, poet and screenwriter. He has sold over 200 million books, but is probably best known for his children’s stories – James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The BFG, and others.
Born in Wales to Norwegian parents, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during the World War II becoming a flying ace and intelligence officer. He rose to prominence in the 1940s with works for both children and adults and became one of the world’s best-selling authors.
With a talented cast of local young actors, The Witches performs on Friday, October 14 at 7:30pm and Saturday, October 15 at 1:30pm & 4pm.
The cast includes: David Calahan, Michala Calahan, Caleb Cope, Sophia Marie Cope, Audrey Dowdell, Victoria Dowdell, Angelina DuBois, J. Wyatt Falardeau, Graham Frankenberger, Scarlett Garee, Daylan Haake, Remi Heyer, Harrison Hitt, Julia Lamothe, Jessah Moore, Zane Morrow, Alison Niederpruem, Cristina Pines, Mackenzie Ross, Chloe Stepanek, and Bailey Walker.
Tickets start at $6 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or online at www.riversidetheatre.com.