Being a Witch

“Real witches dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary women.”

And this is true of the witches in David Wood’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story. Although the witches have mostly no individual lines, they form something akin to a chorus; chanting, reacting and cheering at their AGM and acting with general witchyness! Each witch can have her own character and mannerisms and costume, but they all wear gloves, and have bald heads under their wigs! We hope to get a makeup specialist in to teach us all how to do bald heads!

The Witches is a fantastic play and, as is typical of Roald Dahl, it is full of pathos and wicked humour. There are illusions, special effects and puppetry as we tell the story of a young boy and his battle to defeat the Grand High Witch after she turns him into a mouse. And in the final scene, the witches are all themselves turned into mice during their annual dinner!

We have a strong principal cast, but we need more witches! The witches can rehearse as a group and will not be needed at all rehearsals until the last few weeks. Before then, we expect those rehearsals to be on a Thursday.

This is a great opportunity to join a really fun show, which has had lots of interest from potential audiences already.

Please contact Ben Forrest ben@fhods.org.uk for more details.

Fancy being a Mouse Maker?

Preparations for this year’s production of The Witches are well under way and one of the most exciting features will be how we bring the mice in this amazing story to life.

Can you help?  Do you have the secret formula to help design and/or make some original puppets for the show?

Please contact me – ben@fhods.org.uk – if you do!

The Witches Audition Notice

Get togethers/ read throughs

Auditions will be held at The Tower Theatre, Folkestone, at 14:00 on Sunday 23rd August.

Please contact me directly – ben@fhods.org.uk – for more information.

N.B. Read throughs were held on Wednesday 12th & 19th August 19:00 – 21:00.

Production dates

25th – 29th November 2015 with matinees on 28th and 29th.  There may be an opportunity to do an additional schools matinee on the 26th or 27th.

Characters

The following list is taken directly from the script including recommended doubling up:

Boy

Grandmother

Display Witch/ Witch One/ Voice of Maid

Lawyer/ Hotel Doorman/ Head Waiter

Sailor/ Doctor/ Mr Jenkins/ Head Chef

Tree-House Witch/ Mrs Jenkins/ Witch Two

Bruno Jenkins/ Frog/ Second Chef

Grand High Witch

Nurse/ Waitress

Waiter

Witches (no individual lines)

Production notes

The production involves plenty of make-up, puppetry and illusion, with some interesting scenery challenges, so will be lots of fun!

I intend for the two boys, Boy (age 7) and Bruno (similarly aged), to be played by adults (male or female), though this is not set in stone – they could be played by teenagers.  Both roles are quite physical, involving comedy and puppetry.

Although the witches are mainly without individual lines, they feature prominently in the two major scenes and are vital to the character of the whole show!

Also!

We are running a poster competition to get local primary schools involved and to spread the word!

Poster Competition

In November, the Folkestone & Hythe Operatic and Dramatic Society (FHODS) are putting on Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ at The Tower Theatre in Folkestone.

You could win family tickets to see the show, plus up to £25 in book tokens by entering our fabulous poster competition!

If you would like to enter, please follow the guidelines below:

  • Design your poster on plain A4 paper.
  • Your design must relate to scenes or characters from ‘The Witches’.
  • Don’t include text on your design, but leave space so we can add text to the final poster!  There are some templates below to help you plan your layout.

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The shaded areas show where you might leave some space for text.  But don’t worry too much – we’ll do our best to fit your design!

  • Write your name, school and school year on the back of your entry using pencil to ensure your writing does not go through to the other side and spoil your poster!
  • Good luck – we can’t wait to see your designs!

Competition rules:

  1. There are 2 age categories:  Reception to Year 3 and Year 4 to Year 6
  2. We will choose a winning entry from each age category and the winning artists will win family tickets to see the show and up to £25 in book tokens.
  3. We will choose an overall winning entry, which we’ll adapt to create the final poster for the show.
  4. All entries will be on display in The Tower Theatre throughout the show: Wednesday 25th – Sunday 29th November 2015.
  5. You may enter more than once.
  6. Entries must be handed in to your school before the end of the school year.