Last updated June 7, 2017
Albany Civic Theater
Bell, Book and Candle
By: John Van Druten
Directed by: Colleen Franzoia
Auditions: May 7, 8 Callbacks: May 9
Performances: July 20, 21, 27, 28, 29(m) Aug 2 ,3, 4
Gillian Holroyd is one of the few modern people who can actually cast spells and perform feats of supernaturalism. She casts a spell over an unattached publisher, Shepherd Henderson, partly to keep him away from a rival and partly because she is attracted to him. He falls head over heels in love with her at once and wants to marry her. But witches, unfortunately, cannot fall in love, and this minute imperfection leads into a number of difficulties. Ultimately, the lady breaks off with her companions in witchery, preferring the normal and human love offered her by the attractive publisher. But before the happy conclusion of the romance, Gillian comes very near to losing him—but doesn't.
Cast of characters:
Gillian Holroyd- (25-35) Intelligent, sophisticated woman who is also a practicing witch. She is the landlord of a Murray Hill brownstone where she, her Aunt Queenie, and Shep Henderson live. Gillian experiences a major personality transformation during the play. Must be comfortable with on-stage kissing.
Shep Henderson- (28-40) A gentleman, a successful NY publisher, a hard-working man who is ready to get on with the next phase of a “successful” life…marriage. Despite being under a powerful love spell, Shep occasionally senses that something unorthodox is happening. Must be comfortable with on-stage kissing.
Aunt Queenie Holroyd- (50+) Gillian’s Aunt, also a witch, although not as powerful as Gillian. She is slightly eccentric and a bit mischievous. She loves her magic and has fun using it.
Nick Holroyd- (25-35) Gillian’s brother. Charming, bright, with an easy manner and always ready for a party or a prank. Condescending toward mortals, but enjoys their company.
Sidney Redlitch- (40+) Author of a book about witchcraft containing just enough truth that is clear he has some insights into this hidden world. He is an outsider and groupie, who thrives on being “in the know”. He is aware he will never be fully part of the witchy world and that lends him a slight air of desperation. He is always a little rumpled and often a little tipsy.
Colleen Franzoia joined ACT in 1987 as backstage crew. Since then she been involved in too many shows to count and has done almost everything both onstage and behind the scenes. Colleen made her directorial debut last with 100 Lunches, A Gourmet Comedy. She lives in North Albany with her husband Jeff and their mini-doxy, Captain Jack Sparrow.
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