Kids like ‘Witches’

The News Tribune doesn’t review children’s productions, but that didn’t stop Homecroft School third-graders from sending along a few thoughts about the Duluth Playhouse Children’s Theatre production of Roald Dahl’s “The Witches.”

The costumes scored big with the young theater crowd: “The grand high witch wore a really ugly mask. It was hard to not look at her. Her face looked like it was melting,” one student wrote.

The young critics also showed a bit of 1980s pop-culture cred: “The audience was surprised when the witches danced and liked the ‘Thriller’ scene.”

“The Witches” is the story of an evil witch who plans to turn children into mice and the young boy who, with the help of his grandmother, tries to stop her. It’s billed as quirky and slightly spooky.

The show runs at 1 and 4 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Duluth Playhouse.