As Witch City Gears Up For Halloween, The Young Witches of Salem Première

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No where do they love Halloween more than Salem, Ma. The Witch City, and this year, The Young Witches of Salem are creating a stir. All around Salem, The Young Witches are filming a reality show about their lives and exploits in the Halloween capital of the world, during Salem’s busiest season.

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“In every High School, there is a secret circle; you just have to find it. Sometimes you may be the one who starts it, but it is always there.” - Lexi Renee

As the cool winds of fall begin to blow, America’s attention turns to Halloween, seeking out fun and entertainment. Starting last Saturday Night, October 1st, the world will be able to visit the Halloween Capital of the World, Salem, Massachusetts, aka The Witch City by using the Internet to follow the exploits of real live Witches during the Haunted Happenings Season. The Young Witches of Salem will begin broadcasting their own web series and sharing their lives as part of the season. The series will follow The Young Witches Lexi Renee, Caitlin Rose, Peter Murphy and Danielle Young as they learn their craft from Salem leaders and Witch Elders, while dealing with the daily reality of their jobs, school, and personal lives. They are inviting the world to become part of the celebration known as Haunted Happenings, as seen through their eyes.

The cast members are not actors, but real members of the Witch community, a community that extends far beyond Salem itself, and they each have a different way of looking at the world. The web series will allow each of the Young Witches to have their individual voice and will allow the audience to have a voice as well with the inclusion of interactive video.

According to Lexi Renee, the youngest member of the cast, “In every High School, there is a secret circle; you just have to find it. Sometimes you may be the one who starts it, but it is always there.” Just 18 years old, and a recent high school graduate, she moved from her home in South Carolina to come to Salem. Now she finds herself learning and working at her dream job after years of wishing and hoping for such an opportunity. During her high school years, she led a Wiccan group called the Order of the White Vixen, and she hopes to start a similar group in Salem as an inspiration to other teens.

Reflecting on the Witch culture of her home town, lifelong resident Danielle Young offers these insights: “Salem can be a very lonely place for a Young Witch. The Elders of Salem take on very few students, groups are extremely private, and there are few public rituals performed. It requires knowing somebody who knows somebody who knows the High Priestess to get an invitation.” Danielle, age 24, is the full-time maiden priestess of Temple Tituba in the Salem Chapel at the World of Witches Museum. For over a year, she has been leading the effort to offer full public rituals and study groups to interested members of the community.

This series not only features Young Witches in front of the camera, but behind the camera as well. Director Foxglove, age 22, explains, “When people want to learn something, they want more than just facts; they want the story behind the facts. With The Young Witches project, I have been challenged to do more than simply report about them, I need to tell their story in terms that the audience will enjoy. This is reality-based programming, but it is also a dream come true for The Young Witches. They will be living a real-life fairytale that concludes with a costume ball: the Official Salem Witches Ball. This is a story about transformation; one that can happen at any time to anyone if they come to Salem.”

One of the most important distinctions about this independent production is the usage of Actionable, Taggable video powered by WireWax Technology. The magick of clickable links will be built right into the show. The Young Witches of Salem often say “Technology is Magickal too!”, and they utilize all the tools of social media including Facebook, Twitter, Google +, and Empire Avenue to reach out and interact with their audience. This show is more than a weekly broadcast. It is an adventure into the magickal and mystical side of Witch City and the Haunted Happenings celebration. You can see the series beginning October 1 at http://www.TheYoungWitches.com.

For more information, visit the site at TheYoungWitches.com, call 978-594-1569, or email us at Ed(at)witchschool(dot)com

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