The Witches
by Roald Dahl
adapted for the stage by David Wood
directed by Mercy Vasquez
NICHOLAS STAGE
March 12, 2016 - March 20, 2016

The Witches

Witches! Not the evil ones with pointy hats. Everyone idolizes these witches—their leader is a pop icon. Who knows they’re cooking up a way to get rid of all the children in the world by turning them into mice? Only Grandma, who has a plan for Boy to stop them. But what if they turn him into a mouse? In this dark but compelling adaptation, there’ll be music and magic and chills and thrills, as Boy learns that love is the most powerful force on earth.

Set in modern England, The Witches is filled with characters—mice and frogs included—portrayed by the Junior Players, students (grades 5-8), chosen by audition after at least two years in SCR’s Theatre Conservatory, a year-round actor training program.

The Witches contains strobe and fog effects.

Roald Dahl (author) was one of the greatest storytellers of all time. He was born in Llanduff, South Wales, in 1916, and educated in English boarding schools. Then, in search of adventure, the young Dahl took a job with Shell Oil in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the RAF as a fighter pilot and received terrible injuries; he almost died in a plane crash in 1942. It was following this “monumental bash on the head” and a meeting with C. S. Forester (author of the famous Captain Horatio Hornblower stories) that Roald Dahl's writing career began, with articles for magazines such as The New Yorker. He wrote successful novellas and short stories for adults, such as “Tales of the Unexpected, ” before concentrating on his marvelous children's stories. The first of these, James and the Giant Peach, in 1960, was followed by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and an unbroken string of hugely successful, best-selling titles. Dahl worked from a tiny hut in the pale orchard of the Georgian-style house in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. He was always brimming with new ideas and his many books continue to bring enormous enjoyment to millions of children and their parents throughout the world. Dahl died on Nov. 23, 1990.

Since 1967, playwright David Wood has written approximately 60 plays for children. He says it is still a real joy and a real challenge and it never gets easier! His plays are usually written for professional adult actors to perform in theatres for audiences of children, both original plays and adaptations of popular books, like Roald Dahl’s  James and the Giant Peach. “My aims haven’t changed: I still want to use the magic of theatre—the lighting, the sound, the scenery, the costumes, the music, the movement—to provide a unique event. I want to trigger your imagination, to make you laugh (and sometimes cry) while involving you in a really good story.” He invites you to visit his website—www.davidwood.org.uk.

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