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FreshBaked Theatre Company Conjures Magic for Young Audiences with The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Tyler Palma is the sorcerer.

Student Tyler Palma plays the lead in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."

Widener University’s FreshBaked Theatre Company will present “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” on two consecutive Sundays, April 3 and April 10, at 2 p.m. Matinees for local schools and homeschooling families take place on Tuesday, April 5 at 10 a.m. and Wednesday, April 6 at 1 p.m., but reservations are required for these two performances. All performances take place in Alumni Auditorium, located on Widener’s Main Campus in Chester, Pennsylvania. The play is recommended for ages 5 to adult. Running time is 60 minutes.

Admission to all performances of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”is by free will cash donation, with all funds benefiting community aid organizations in Chester. The suggested donation is $2 per person. For reservations or more information, please e-mail director Lisa Eckley Cocchiarale at ljcocchiarale@widener.edu.

“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” tells the cautionary story of a lazy young apprentice who has enough knowledge to initiate mystical forces without the ability to stop them. Mary Hall Surface’s delightful adaptation offers a magical look at this timeless tale, based on a poem by the German poet Goethe and known to many through the classic Disney film “Fantasia.”

Inspired by a bewitching cat, a lazy youth named Klaus tries to use his master's magic for mundane chores like cleaning the workshop. Soon, however, he unlocks more magic than he imagined possible. Not only Klaus but also the Sorcerer himself must learn to use magical powers well and struggle with the good and evil at their command. Klaus’ youthful exuberance and good heart knocks up against the Sorcerer’s skill and disdain for the world around him. In this spirited escapade, three silent actors/dancers help create the magic of the production, including an overflowing cauldron, a scary mountain and a seafaring table. The play is presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.

“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is directed by Cocchiarale. The cast features Widener University students Ariel Diehl, Rebecca Gomezrueda, Nathan Mirando, Tyler Palma, Kirk Reichart and Erika Sprague. Technical assistance is provided by Daniel Castagna.

FreshBaked Theatre Company’smission is to present “inventive drama for young audiences . . . and the adults who nurture them.” Since 2003, the company has shared more than 20 productions with Chester schools and families, with 100 percent of cash donations benefiting local food banks and other aid organizations. Recent productions include “A Murder of Crows,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Odyssey.”

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del. are proud to be a tobacco-free. Visit the university website, www.widener.edu.