Enjoy a witchy musical treat this Halloween

October 15, 2013 Heather Chin
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Annabelle Broom might be a fashion-loving, witch-loving girl’s best friend.

That is because the titular character in Eleanor and Ray Harder’s children’s musical, “Annabelle Broom: The Unhappy Witch,” wears pink instead of black, prefers sweet ice cream over sour milk, and enjoys helping rather than scaring—much to the horror and outrage of her fellow witches.

Annabelle’s journey out of unhappiness, however, makes for wonderful songs and a charming story, both of which will be featured on Saturday, October 19 at 1 p.m. the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central/Grand Army Plaza branch, and on Sunday, October 20 at 3 and 6 p.m. at the Master Theater in Brighton Beach.

“Children can relate to it and can see that everything doesn’t always have to be the same—that there’s always going to be someone who marches to a different drummer; that you can still be a witch and be nice,” explained T. C. Weiss, production manager at Plaza Theatrical Productions, which is bringing the musical to families around the city this season.

The musical will also appeal to young boys, as well as young girls, said Weiss, because one of the main supporting characters is a boy named Peter, who, along with his sister Judy, befriends Annabelle after she decides to help them instead of scare them. The three’s friendship teach them—and the audience—about the power of doing good deeds.

There is also power in fun songs to sing along and dance to, such as “Pink Is My Color,” “We’ll Boil Her in Oil,” “Think One Happy Thought” and “Witch Chant.”

The interactivity between characters and audience doesn’t stop there, though, as children—and adults—are encouraged to attend dressed in costumes!

Entry is free to the Central Library/Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, performance at 1 p.m.. Arrive early for a better chance at good seating.

Tickets to the 3 and 6 p.m. shows at Brighton Beach’s Master Theater, 1029 Brighton Beach Avenue, of “Annabelle Broom: The Unhappy Witch” can be purchased for $25/$35/$45 at www.MasterTheater.com or by phone at 718-732-3838.


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