Wicked witch cast photo

"The Trial of the Wicked Witch" cast photo featuring the Wicked Witch herself, Prince Charming and other well-known characters.

MORAVIA — The Wicked Witch is on trial for her crimes against the people in the land of Once Upon a Time, but she maintains her innocence in Moravia High School’s production of “The Trial of the Wicked Witch.”

The cast is a mix of ages and experiences with students from seventh grade through 12th. Carson Underwood plays Prince Charming, and he said the difference in age hasn’t affected the play much because everybody works hard and puts in a lot of effort.

“Compared to other activities I have done, this has been a little stressful,” Underwood said. “But I am handling it well, and so are the other cast members.”

Underwood has been involved in other musicals with a similar setup, and the experience helped him with “The Trial of the Wicked Witch.” Being more prepared himself, he is able to help others with less experience.

“We started a little later than we have in past years,” said Underwood. “So, getting lines memorized was definitely a big part of the time crunch.”

Students learn some legal processes with the fairytale background. The process is fun for theater veterans and other types of performers to try something new.

“I love acting and singing, and I have been in several productions before this,” said Emily Johnson, who plays the Wicked Witch. “So, I joined because I love performing!”

Familiar characters like Fairy Godmother, Big Bad Wolf and many others make appearances. Their testimony makes the case more colorful and complicated than originally thought, while the audience makes the final say. The show brings lessons the actors can take on through everyday life.

“It definitely shows how it’s important to look at both sides of the story before forming your opinion,” said Johnson.

The Trial of the Wicked Witch is set to perform at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are on sale for a fee depending on adult or student. For more information, contact Yvonne Johnson at 641-777-8195 or the Moravia High School at 641-724-3241.

Aaryn Frazier can be reached at afrazier@ottumwacourier.com or on Twitter at CourierAaryn.

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