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.
About the UNC Greensboro School of Theatre
The UNC Greensboro School of Theatre educates and trains students as professional artists in a wide range of theatrical specialties. Our programs include technical production, design, theatre education, performance, theatre for youth and directing. Our rigorous BA, BFA and MFA programs produce exemplary theatre artists with the applicable knowledge, skills, and vision to work professionally in the performing arts. With the help of the National Theatre Honors Fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega, students are furthering their experiences for service inside and outside our community. The School of Theatre is committed to creating and nurturing a diverse, engaged and artistically well-balanced body of future professionals, performers, and teachers. Our mission is to strengthen our students’ goals, enhance their talents, lead them towards success and help them to turn passion into purpose on and off the stage.
About UNC Greensboro
UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is one of fifty doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC system institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students and 2,800+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, in addition to 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in visual and performing arts, health and wellness, nursing, education and more. For additional information, please visit uncg.edu and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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