Waters End Academy will celebrate Walpurgis Night with an outdoor movie event on Friday April 30. The movie will be The Little Witch (Die Kleine Hexe). It is the story of a young witch who learns everything there is to know about magic in order to be accepted by older witches and earn an invitation to the annual Walpurgis Night festival.
WHAT IS WALPURGIS NIGHT?
Walpurgis Night is a holiday for Witches and Wizards. Walpurgis Night originated in Germany, where folklore says that Witches from all over the land gather for a great sabbath on top of the Brocken, the highest peak of the Harz mountain range. During the festivities, bonfires are lit and Witches, Warlocks, and Demons come from all over to dance and celebrate on a plateau called the Hexentanzplatz (Witches’ Dance Floor). The famous alchemist Faust attended the Walpurgis Night festival with the demon, Mephistopheles, to whom he sold his soul in the 16th century.
The event will take place in the backyard of the Headmaster in Waters End. The movie will be digitally projected in HD on a 120 inch screen. The movie is 1 hour 43 minutes long. It is rated G and is suitable for children of all ages.
The movie will start at sundown, approximately 7:30 PM. Students should arrive at the Headmaster’s residence at least 15 minutes before the starting time and enter via the side gate. Students should bring blankets to keep warm.
- Students will enjoy a movie, The Little Witch.
- Students will learn about the witch festival known as Walpurgis Night.
- A large rug will be placed in front of the screen to allow students to spread out.
- Limited seating in patio chairs will be available behind the rug area.
- Popcorn will be served after students are seated.
- Faculty members will escort students home after the movie ends.
This event is possible thanks to the faculty being vaccinated against Covid-19. Hosting the event outdoors reduces the risk of transmission between students and to adults, but does not eliminate it. Therefore, all students should wear face masks to the event and practice social distancing. Once everyone is seated in a socially distanced manner and everyone has settled down, masks may be removed to allow students to enjoy popcorn.