GALLIPOLIS — The French Art Colony’s Riverby Theatre Guild will present performances of “Witches, Britches, Rings & Things,” a collection of folk and fairy tales, this Saturday and Sunday in their new Pavilion.
The production, cast with local actors, mostly youth, invites the audience on a journey through the collection of colorful tales.
The script, by Dave Barton, is a patchwork of four tales: The Goats and the Troll, The Kettle of Brains, The Clever Daughter and The Three Sillies. The story theatre production is woven together by the narrator, Ethel Appleton, a retired witch and accompanied by her cat, Titus, making the production perfectly suited for Halloween weekend.
Public performances are 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students.
The group will also present a special autism-friendly performance of the show on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Many families with autistic children never experience the joy of live performances because, often, behavior of autistic children involves movement and noise which can be considered disruptive to audiences inexperienced in the challenges of autism. These behaviors are triggered by sensory stimulus. Thanks to a private donor, the autism-friendly performance will be presented free of charge.
“The French Art Colony and Riverby Theatre Guild wants to offer the arts to as many folks as possible, as we all know the wonderful, transformative power the arts experience can provide,” said Joseph Wright, French Art Colony executive director. “Many theatre groups and arts organizations around the country are taking steps to offer special performances for Autism families, encouraging participation in the arts, while at the same time, allowing the children to be themselves.”
“Witches, Britches, Rings, & Things” is directed by Chirstina Cogar and Wright. To make reservations, call the French Art Colony, 740-446-3834.