Local youth to present ‘The Witches’ at opera house

Posted Oct. 22, 2013, at 9:40 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Penobscot Theatre Dramatic Academy will present its youth production of “The Witches at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31; and 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2, at the Bangor Opera House.

Audience members are encouraged to come in their Halloween costumes for the 60-minute performance to make sure they are ready to trick or treat after the show.

“I love this project,” said theater Director of Education Jasmine Ireland, “’The Witches’ was absolutely one of my favorite books as a child. It is tremendously exciting to get to share Roald Dahl’s work with a new generation and help them bring it to life.”

“The Witches” is the first of three plays Dramatic Academy will produce this year.

Dramatic Academy’s production of “The Witches” feature students ages 4 to 12 from throughout the greater Bangor region. The students rehearse twice a week beginning in September and participate in a process that mirrors the professional process including casting, read-throughs, rehearsals and a series of technical rehearsals. Productions for Dramatic Academy also feature young professionals aspiring to careers in theatre.

“The Witches” production team includes stage manager Alyssa Stubbs, Bangor High School; sound designer Justin Chamberlain, New England School of Communications; production manager-properties designer Tricia Hobbs, University of Maine recent graduate; and lighting designer Scout Hough, University of North Carolina School of the Arts graduate.

Local student actors are:

• Tiny Thespians:  Walker Bayless, Charlotte Hautala, Sophie Baker, Sophia Merchan,  all of Bangor; and Evander Preston, Newburgh.

• Youth Troupe:  Kate Griffin, Tala Bayless, Sophia Mullins, Elisabeth Budd, all of Bangor; Jonah Roberts, Asa Roberts, Newburgh; Thea Bowden, Hampden; Gracie Farrar, LillyAnne Keeley, Winterport; Lana Sabbagh, Brewer; Emma  Cowing, Caroline Cowing, Orono; and Sarah Hartford, Veazie.

For information on Dramatic Academy or to register for upcoming classes, contact Director of Education Jasmine Ireland or visit the education page on theater’s website.

Tickets are $12, $8 children. To make a reservation, call the box office at 207-942-3333 or visit penobscottheatre.org.

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