Jean Tafler as Margaret Hamilton in “My Witch: The Margaret Hamilton Stories.” Submitted photo by John Ahlin

“My Witch: The Margaret Hamilton Stories,” the amazing tale of the brains, heart, and courage it took for a gentle kindergarten teacher from Cleveland, Ohio to become The Wicked Witch of The West as well as one of the most famous character actresses of her time, will be performed beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov 10, at The Public Theatre in Lewiston.

If there is one movie we all share, it’s “The Wizard of Oz,” and this delightful show takes a loving look at the woman behind the cackle and green makeup. Set in the cottage where she lived on a small island in Maine, playwright John Ahlin’s script offers the audience entertaining anecdotes of Margaret Hamilton’s life along with insightful tidbits about Hollywood and the making of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Actress Jean Tafler casts a spell on the audience with her mesmerizing portrayal of Margaret Hamilton, whose Wicked Witch of the West scared the living daylights out of every one of us. Unknown to many, Margaret Hamilton appeared in hundreds of movies, plays and musicals, enjoying a long and rich acting career spanning six decades on stage and screen. “My Witch: The Margaret Hamilton Stories” is a fascinating show, especially for fans of classic Hollywood movies.

Performances are set for 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10; 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12. Tickets are $30. For tickets, call 207-782-3200 or visit The Public Theatre is located at 31 Maple St., Lewiston.

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