The Enchanted Bookshop will be opening soon at Memorial Auditorium.
Starting Friday, April 20th at 7:00 p.m., the play, written by Todd Wallinger, is co-directed by Jeff Hunt and Dixie Pennington. The play will also be performed Saturday April 21st at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. A final performance will be on Sunday April 22nd at 2:00 p.m. Tickets will be $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for ages 5-12 years. Kids under five will be allowed in free.
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.”
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: Madalyn Nelson; 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: Kelsey Wiens; Frankenstein: Phil Hennig; Hopalong Cassidy: Quinn McCue; Wicked Witch of the West: Camryn Bannister.
Director: Jeff Hunt; Assistant Directors: Dixie Pennington and Jessica Coldwell.
For Director Jeff Hunt, he is now on his third production for the Wellington Community Theatre. He has worked on Elf and The Little Mermaid, and now with The Enchanted Bookshop, he says “it has been both challenging and rewarding. When you have new kids, it’s a bit challenging. But,” he adds, “when they see it and it starts to click, and they start having fun with it. Seeing the excitement on their faces makes the biggest reward. Working with these kids is just a lot of fun. Still, things happen when you work with kids. You just adapt and keep going on. This play is going to be a lot of fun.”
Hunt says the theater plans on two more productions this year. There will be an adults play later this year, with a combination of adults and kids production around Christmas.
Assistant Director Dixie Pennington says "that the love of working with younger and older kids is rewarding just like Jeff said. Seeing the kids learn drama and learning the theater lingo and watching their love for theater come alive... this isnt my first rodeo with the Wellington Community Theater. I have been involved for 6 years now. This is my second co-directing with Jeff Hunt."