Bell, Book and Candle
The Vermont Theatre Company is proud to announce the upcoming performance of the whimsical romantic comedy Bell, Book and Candle by John Van Druten, directed by Robert Wellington with producers Michelle Page and Jonathan Kinnersley. Set in New York in the 1950’s, Gillian, a witch seeking to sample human romance, enchants her neighbor, Shep, who falls head over heels in love with her. But - of course - all is not plain sailing.
Bridget McBride plays the role of Gillian, Jonathan Kinnersley is Shep, Veda Crewe is Gillian’s quirky aunt Queenie, Aaron Morse is Gillian’s brother Nicky, and Jim Bombicino is the rumpled author, Redlitch.
Performances will be held at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston, VT on November 1 - 3 and 8 - 10. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances begin at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $13 for students and seniors.
Bell, Book and Candle is a romantic comedy about a modern witch who casts a love spell on her upstairs neighbor and then has to deal with the consequences. First produced in 1950, with Rex Harrison and his then-wife Lilli Palmer, it was later made into a movie starring Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart. Written by John van Druten who, while best known for relationship-based comedies such as “I Remember Mama” and “Voice of the Turtle,” is also the author of “I am a Camera,” the basis for the musical “Cabaret.” The play is an American classic which has not been performed in this area for some time.
I have always had a fondness for plays that take place in the Twilight Zone. That being said, this one occupies a more benevolent corner of that realm than certain others I could mention, including one that I directed for VTC a few years ago. I first encountered it through the classic film version with Kim Novak and James Stewart. It was only later that I discovered that I like the stage version even better. In addition to the lead couple, it has three of the best comic characters in American Theatre. It’s not every time that when you announce you want to direct a show, you have people telling you they want to read for the supporting characters. My first directing project was a production of it for another local company many years ago. I made many beginner’s mistakes at that time and ever since I’ve been looking for a chance to get it right. I would like to thank both VTC and my cast for giving me the opportunity to do that.