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(From left to right) Mandy Petry (Nanny) Erin Carico (Granny) and Carrie Kirk (Magrat) star in “Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters,” a medieval fantasy comedy, this weekend at The Alban Arts Center.

The play isn’t an accident, but the reason why the Alban Arts Center is doing “Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters” almost is.

Director Jim-Bob Williams opens the show at the Alban Arts Center Friday night.

“A bunch of us were in ‘The Scottish Play’ [Macbeth] and it turned out that a lot of use were fans of Terry Pratchett,” Williams said.

He said they presented the idea to the Alban and, somehow, the theater said yes.

“And then I was stuck directing,” Williams joked.

“Wyrd Sisters” is a comic fantasy from the mind of best-selling fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, best known for his many “Discworld” books, which mix a magic and medieval setting with comedic mayhem and a little social commentary.

In “Wyrd Sisters,” a coven of witches try to save a baby, find justice for a ghost and restore the rightful ruler of their oddball country.

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“The main reason we’re doing this is America needs a comedy,” Williams said. “We aim to lighten the mood in every way.”

Also, he said the show was a good alternative to scary stories and gore. Not everybody wants to see another slasher movie. This show is just for laughs.

Shows for “Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters” are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Oct. 22 and 23, and 2 p.m. Oct. 24.

Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Streaming options are also available.

The show is considered PG because of a little adult-oriented material, stage fights and puns.

Tickets available at

Bill Lynch covers entertainment. He can be reached at 304-348-5195 or Follow @lostHwys on Twitter and @billiscap on Instagram.

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