Cast members of the Little Grand Theatre Company’s production of “Willabella Witch’s Last Spell” prepare for this weekend’s performances at the Ohio Theatre. (Staff photo by Evan Shields/eshields@madisoncourier.com)
Cast members of the Little Grand Theatre Company’s production of “Willabella Witch’s Last Spell” prepare for this weekend’s performances at the Ohio Theatre. (Staff photo by Evan Shields/eshields@madisoncourier.com)
The Little Grand Theatre Company's season continues this weekend with a production of "Willabella Witch's Last Spell."

Productions will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at the Ohio Theatre and continue at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday. The final performance will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The story centers on Willabella Witch, who is celebrating her 400th birthday when she decides to retire from witchcraft, according to a release from the group. Her plans get interrupted when a cast of fairy tale characters including Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Snow White, the Frog Prince, Sleeping Beauty and others show up.

The characters all request the spells they were put under by Willabella be reversed, which leads to a "whimsical farce," according to the release.

Shonica Hartless returns as director, having previously directed "Percival the Performing Pig" for LGTC in January 2012. Tiffany Taylor is her assistant director. Laura Ratcliff is the stage manager and Anne Lostutter is in charge of set design.

The cast consists of Madison Consolidated High School students and local adults.

"There's probably been 20 people involved one way or another in the show," Ratcliff said.

The show is roughly an hour long. Tickets are available at the Ohio Theatre or online at www.lgtc.org. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for students K-12.

The cast includes Amy Basham as Willabella Witch, Candee Burns as Crow, Brett Eppley as Frog Prince, Lindsay Bullock as Rapunzel, Brandon Hedgepeth as Hansel, Veronica Hartless as Gretel, Chris Fisher as The Princes, Donna Perry as Sleeping Beauty and Shari Vaughn as Snow White.



The Little Grand Theatre Company also announced the cast for its next show, "Lend Me A Tenor," which will be performed May 24-26 at the Ohio Theatre.

Set in 1934, "Lend Me A Tenor" focuses on Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, who is primed to welcome world-famous, Tito Morelli - Il Stupendo - the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello, according to a news release.

The star arrives late and "through a hilarious series of mishaps," is given tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he's dead.

In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli's Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo, according to the release.

The show will be directed by Lindsay Bullock.

The cast includes Aaron Kelsey as Max, Katie Wood as Maggie, Gary Burdette as Tito, Bekah Clayton as Maria, Melanie Torline as Diana, Roy Miner as Saunders, Amy Basham as Julia and Brett Eppley as Bellhop.