Longnor Players are looking for men, women and children aged between ten and 15 to take part in their next production, an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches.
This adaptation is by David Wood, who has adapted eight of Roald Dahl’s stories and been called the ‘national children’s dramatist’, and follows the original story faithfully. The Witches, which will be performed during February half term next year, tells how Boy and his Grandmother defeat the Grand High Witch and her followers, who are holding a conference in an English seaside hotel. During the struggle, Boy gets turned into a mouse.
Humour is provided by the vulgar Jenkins family, whose son, Bruno, also becomes a mouse. The play provides many opportunities for illusions and inventive puppetry, so staging it will certainly be a challenge for the amateur dramatic group.
Longnor Players were established in 1999 and have performed a wide variety of plays, musicals and pantomimes. The last production was two short comedy plays in April: The Fat Lady Sings in Little Grimley and A Jolly Sinister Jape. Auditions will take place at Warslow Village Hall from 2pm on Sunday September 15 and Saturday September 21. The full cast list and synopsis can be found on the group’s website www.longnorplayers.org.uk. They also need back stage and front of house assistance to help with the production, lighting, sound, video, costumes, scenery and advertising. Anyone interested should attend one of the auditions or make contact via the website.