‘Spookley the Square Pumpkin’ at Willingham Theater

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‘Spookley the Square Pumpkin’ coming to the Willingham Stage in Yadkinville.

The Willingham Theater and Willingham Performing Arts Academy is getting into the fall spirit by performing the musical “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” Oct. 21-24, in the Willingham Theater. This musical is family friendly and appropriate for all ages.

“I love this story about being kind to all those around you, even if they look different,” said Director Jessie Grant. “It’s a wonderful lesson for kiddos and a good reminder for adults.”

Based on the animated film Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano and Tom Hughes and the book The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Troiano, it tells the story of a square pumpkin living in a round pumpkin patch and his struggle to fit in. Encouraged by kindly Jack Scarecrow, Spookley tries his best, but he isn’t sure he has what it takes until a mighty storm threatens Holiday Hill Farm. Spookley realizes it is up to him and his square shape to save the day. As a result, all the pumpkins in the patch learn that the things that make you different make you special.

Willingham Performing Arts Academy students will bring the story to life on stage with colorful puppets, song and dance.

“Working again with Dreamlab Studios is a dream. They created our beautiful puppets,” said Grant.

“I’ve seen such wonderful teamwork as we get to bring this show to life — not to mention talent,” she added.

Performances are Oct. 21-23 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 24 at 3pm. Tickets are $22. Tickets for these shows can be purchased at www.yadkinarts.org or at the Box Office from 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday. The show will be in the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center’s Willingham Theater, 226 E. Main St., Yadkinville. COVID-19 safety protocols are in place with masks required to be worn at all times inside the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center – including the Willingham Theater, the Welborn Gallery, and the Lobby area.