Monday, January 26, 2015

‘Bell, Book and Candle’ next at Bergen County Players


Celebrating 82 Years, The Bergen County Players (BCP) to present Bell, Book and Candle. In a nutshell: Girl meets Boy. Girl loses Boy. Girl gets Boy. Sure, that’s a classic plot device, but what’s so special about it? Well, how about because the girl is a witch and the boy is a mortal? Sound familiar? It
should, because this magical rom-com, which originally starred Rex
Harrison on Broadway and then Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak in the
popular film, eventually became the genesis of television’s memorable
comedy “Bewitched”. Seen for the first time on the BCP stage and sure
to fit in with the Valentine’s season, this “enchanting and charmingly funny
mid-century bewitching romantic comedy is sure to beguile!”

Bell, Book and Candle, written by John Van Druten (whose play I Am a
Camera eventually became the musical Cabaret) will be performed at the
Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell from Saturday, February 14th
through Saturday, March 7th. Friday and Saturday performances are at
8:00 PM and are priced at $21, while Sunday matinee performances begin
at 2:00 PM and feature a $17 price. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box
office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during regular box office

Bell, Book and Candle is directed by Jerry Pettinati, a Life member
and past President of BCP and a member of BCP’s Board of Governors. He
has directed more than 20 plays including A View From the Bridge, Of
Mice and Men, The Crucible, Sideman and Last of the Red Hot Lovers. He
has also appeared on stage in That Championship Season, How to Succeed
in Business Without Really Trying and Amadeus. He resides in Fair Lawn
with his wife, Marilyn, who is also a life member of the Players.

The talented cast of Bell, Book and Candle includes: Joanne Guarnaccia
(Gillian) of Englewood Cliffs, Penny Kaspar (Miss Holroyd) of
Ridgewood, Bill Porterfield (Shepherd Henderson) of Ridgewood, Matt
Rofofsky (Nicky Holroyd) of Fort Lee and Glenn Woertz (Sidney
Redlitch) of Warwick, NY.

The crew includes: Rhea Smith (Producer, Bios), Marisa Dolkart (Stage
Manager), Michael Smith (Set Design and Construction, Photography),
Gerard Bourcier (Lighting Designer), Neil Kahn (Sound Designer), Cliff
Dreispan (Sound Operation), Lori Milchman (Light Operation), Kathleen
Ruland (Assistant to the Director), Matt Rofofsky (Publicity), Michele
Roth (Costumes), Rosella DeVincenzo (Décor), Marilyn Pettinati
(Makeup), Barbra Murtha (Crew/Props) and Geri Berhain (Member-at-Large).

•        All performances take place at The Little Firehouse Theatre
at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home to the Bergen County Players
since 1949.  Performance times are Friday/Saturday at 8pm and Sunday
at 2pm.
•        Tickets for Bell, Book and Candle are $21 for Friday and
Saturday performances and $17 for Sunday performances. Tickets can be
purchased online at, by calling 201-261-4200 or by
visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during
regular box office hours.  Visa, Master Card, and American Express are
•        BCP’s popular Questions & Artists talkback session will be
held following the performance on Friday, March 13th. The session is
included in the cost of the ticket to that performance.
•        Those interested in Group Sales of 20 or more tickets can
call (201) 261-4200 x6 for further information and group pricing.
•        Discount tickets for students age 25 and under with proper ID
are available in advance for $14 by phone or walk-up only. Student
Rush tickets can be purchased for $5 at the window starting 30 minutes
before curtain, depending on availability. There is a limit of one
Student Rush ticket per person and only cash is accepted.
•        Parking is free at the Park Avenue municipal lot, across the
street, one-half block north of the theater.

The Bergen County Players has grown tremendously from its roots as a
small community theatre when it was founded in 1932; today, more than
300 volunteer members, working on and off stage, make possible the
nine productions presented each season.

Bergen County Players, Inc. is a non-equity, non-profit community theater
company dedicated to presenting quality productions for the enrichment of
the community.

Further information can be found at

Photo: (seated l-r) Bill Porterfield, Joanne Guarnaccia and Matt Rofofsky and
(standing l-r) Glenn Woertz and Penny Kaspar      Photo by Michael Smith


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