Adam Catlin
Wellington Daily News
     The Enchanted Bookshop, written by Todd Wallinger,  is the newest production being mounted by Wellington Community Theatre.  Casting is now complete with the full synopsis as follows:  During the day, A Likely Story may look like any other used bookstore.  But at night, it’s a place where magic happens.  That’s when the characters inside the books come alive.  Six of those characters — Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer — long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store.  But they’re not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes.  So when a pair of smugglers come looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters are torn.  Should they warn Margie and risk disappearing forever?  Or can they find a way to defeat the crooks without being seen?  Featuring additional appearances by such beloved literary characters as the Queen of Hearts, Long John Silver, and Doctor Dolittle, this charming comedy celebrates the joy of reading in a fresh, fun-filled way.
     Wallinger commented that , “I was always a big reader growing up. Especially the classics. Mark Twain, Jack London--I loved them all. The Enchanted Bookshop is my way to share that love with a new generation, to help kids discover a joy of reading and the power of books.”
     The complete cast list is as follows:  Margie – Rachel Lee; Bombalurina – Sabrina; Nelson; Mom – Lanie Dillon; Tammy – Rosie Davis; Robin Hood – Megan Wylie; Tom Sawyer – Maddox Wylie; Sherlock Holmes – Sam Page; Toto – Aleera Niss; Dorothy – Jade Brown; Heidi – Abigail Gill; Pollyanna – River Douglas; Book Fairy – Lizzie Harriger; Lady in Red – Kelsey Wiens; Fagin – Quinn McCue; Long John Silver; Makenna Wylie; Office Ketchum – Cameron Carter, Fingers – Aurora Young; Eddie – Alex Zani; Dr. Doolittle – Quinn McCue; Queen of Hearts – KayCee Pennington (Fri/Sun); - Kelsey Wiens (Sat); Frankenstein – Michael Nelson ; Wicked Witch of the West – Camryn Bannister; Hopalong Cassidy – Quinn McCue
     Kimberly Harriger says, “The play should be a lot of fun, the students (6-12 grade) are extremely excited about it and rehearsals start on Monday.  Some of the kids in this play are first time players for the community theater, but a lot of veteran actors are participating.  Many of the actors from The Day Before Christmas and The Little Mermaid are returning to put on this show.
     The play will hopefully spark an interest in some classic literature for those that participate and attend.  There was discussion at the board meeting that someone might reach out to our local library to see if they would like to participate during snow days, though nothing has been set that I know of.
Wellington Community Theater is a group of volunteers that love theater and want to share that love with citizens of Wellington and the surrounding communities.  We especially love being able to introduce kids to theater.
The WCT has been around for many years with some of our founding members still coming to enjoy our shows.  Connie Bales always attends our shows and is still so supportive of our efforts.  This just goes to show how remarkable a love of theater truly is; something amazing happens when you get on stage.  
     We are so proud of the youngsters that commit to these shows.  Each show usually is a 40+ hour commitment just in rehearsal time, let alone set building and line learning.  In our last show, there were over 50 kids and 7 adults involved in a cumulative effort of over 3,000 hours between costumes, sets, and rehearsals.  To say the least, we work hard to put on quite a show for anyone that comes out.
     We hope that the community will continue to come and enjoy the shows we put on, audition for future shows, volunteer to assist with productions, and most of all, keep the spirit of theater alive in our fabulous town.  We are planning to put on three more shows this year, two adult productions, and one more children’s theater production.  Titles have not been chosen yet.”