River's Edge Players bring the spirit of Halloween to Hudson with “Once Upon a Broomstick”

"Once Upon a Broomstick" will be performed Oct. 28 - 30 at Hudson Town Hall.

Hudson – The River's Edge Players invites everyone to their special Halloween weekend presentations of “Once Upon a Broomstick” by Sylvia Ashby. Performances will be held at Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m., in the wheel chair-accessible Hudson Town Hall auditorium, 78 Main St. The cast is composed of veterans of past River's Edge Players productions.

Once Upon a Broomstick is funny enough to entertain adults and just scary enough to delight little children without frightening them. Malvolia, as mean as witches ought to be, is played by Sarah Worrest of Hudson, who shows her soft heart when handsome young Tobias appears. But Tobias, played by Jullian Willard of Marlborough, falls for Belinda, the pretty young housemaid, portrayed by Ariella Greenspan of Northborough. It is Halloween and Malvolia is determined to get her revenge on Tobias and Belinda by casting a magic spell. The Professor, played by Matt Cogswell of Clinton, who once practiced white magic, could help the young lovers if he could only remember how to make incantations work.

Other members of the cast include Jodi Schoolcraft of Marlborough as Vinegar Viv the cat and Jana Johnsen of Boylston as the Caterpillar. Naomi Greenspan of Northborough portrays the Butterfly and Ruby Hatlevig of Stow portrays the Mouse, with Lily Harrington of Boylston, Anna McGovern of Shrewsbury and Naomi Greenspan portraying ballerinas. The director is Teresa Loftin Scarpato of Marlborough.

Come to a performance wearing a Halloween costume and you may be selected from the audience to be a part of the production. The planned entertainment includes a costume parade and an opportunity to meet and greet the cast.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and $6 for children under 10. Save $1 by purchasing tickets in advance. For more information or for tickets, visit www.upwitharts.org or call 1-978-562-1646. Tickets will also be available at the door.