Spooky singing and sparkly costumes will be showcased these school holidays, as some of Newcastle’s most talented youth take to the stage.

Performers from Islington’s Hunter Drama were set to present Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ in April last year, but were forced to postpone due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Twelve months later, the play is looking sharper and more rehearsed than ever.

It is based on the well-known tale of a coven led by a 300-year-old Grand High Witch who detests little children and plans to turn them into mice.

The Witches has a cast of 26 actors, aged 10 to 18 and features siblings Shyla and Layla Schillert as two of the leading ladies.

Both are also students of Hunter School of Performing Arts.

The first performance will take place next Thursday, April 15, for a six show season at the Civic Playhouse.

In Hamilton, Young People’s Theatre has begun its season of the hit musical The Addams Family.

The show is a Newcastle favourite, having been performed by The Very Popular Theatre Company in 2018.

This time it’s being tackled by actors under 18, with two casts performing in alternating shows.

It’s a fascinating story of a mysterious and quirky family who live in an ancient, kooky house.

But when respectable ‘normal’ guests come to visit one night, drama lets loose and secrets are revealed.

From thrilling dance numbers to incredible costuming, it is one set to impress.

The show will run until April 24th and tickets can be purchased at


Photos: YPT (left) and Jo Roberts (right).