Carol Korty, Professor Emerita at Emerson College and a guest artist at UMaine, is author and director of the folktale recommended for children 8 and older. Its themes are about getting along with others, intuition, imagination and courage. Two main characters are Baba Yaga, a wise, feared witch, and Maryushka, a young girl who feels like she doesn’t fit in. Baba Yaga is a Russian folktale character. She brews magic potions, is rumored to eat misbehaving children and lives in a five-sided talking hut that walks on giant chicken legs. She flies through the deep forest in a giant mortar that she steers with a pestle. Maryushka, who both loves nature and is scared of it, has gotten into trouble and is determined to find a way out.
A local performance is scheduled for Thursday, March 6 at the Leonard Middle School in Old Town at 9 a.m. In addition, UMaine students will perform the play at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, at Al Cyrus Pavilion Theatre on campus. Tickets are available at the door. Cost is $5 per person; free with a student MaineCard.