‘The Witches’ production, ‘perfect’ for Halloween

Flying into the Halloween spirit, Anoka Middle School for the Arts presents “The Witches,” a classic tale of good versus evil.

Brysen Rebischke, left, plays Boy and Tommy Pappas is Bruno in Anoka Middle School for the Arts’ production of “The Witches.” Photo courtesy of Jefferson Fietek

Brysen Rebischke, left, plays Boy and Tommy Pappas is Bruno in Anoka Middle School for the Arts’ production of “The Witches.” Photo courtesy of Jefferson Fietek

The fantasy opens Oct. 26 and runs for six performances.

Based on Roald Dahl’s book and adapted for stage by David Wood, the family friendly show features special effects, puppetry and a live snake.

“Dahl’s great writing is really showcased in the piece,” said director Jefferson Fietek. “Even in the midst of this crazy fight to stop these evil witches, the play’s message about the importance of family shines through.”

The plot centers on orphan Luke Eveshim who comes upon a convention, a gathering of witches. He soon learns about Witch Eva Ernst’s plan, instructing other witches on how to dispose of all children.

Fietek says the show, with a cast of 30 sixth- through eighth-graders and crew of 35 students, is perfect for the upcoming Halloween season. Adults and youth are encouraged to attend in costumes. Prizes awarded.

Roald also penned “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach” and “Matilda.”

Anoka Middle School for the Arts presents “The Witches.” Oct. 26 (ASL interpreted), Oct. 27, Nov. 2, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, 2 p.m. Adults $10, seniors and students $5. AMSA is located at 1523 Fifth Ave. S. Tickets available at door. 

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com


up arrow