Monday, April 10, 2017

‘Bell, Book and Candle’ next at Chatham Playhouse

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The Chatham Community Players continues its successful 95th Season with John Van Druten’s “Bell, Book and Candle”, a play that is at once a charming and magical romantic comedy, and a commentary on power as a corrupting force. This productionwill run from May 5 through 20. Elizabeth Rogers from West Orange directs.

Set in the late 1950’s NYC, Bell Book and Candle centers around Gillian Holroyd, a modern-day witch. She casts a spell over an unattached publisher, Shepherd Henderson, partly to keep him away from a rival, partly because she is bored, and partly because she is attracted to him. He immediately falls head over heels in love with her and soon wants to marry her. But, witches, unfortunately, cannot fall in love. If they do, they lose their powers. This tiny complication leads to a number of difficulties. As truths are told and tempers flare, Gillian is surprised to discover that she has fallen in love, but is it too late?

bell castThe talented and diverse group of actors making up the “Bell, Book and Candle” cast is Christine Talarico from Denville as Gillian Holroyd, Pierce V. Lo from Middleville as Shep Henderson, Anthony Bentrovato from Morris Plains as Nick Holroyd, Lisa Barnett from South Orange as Aunt Queenie Holroyd and John A.C. Kennedy from Springfield as Sidney Redlitch. Director Rogers describes her production as one that is filled with “magic, mortals, love spells, and hidden agendas swirling around a New York City brownstone in 1959, where a powerful witch casts a love spell on her unsuspecting tenant. What happens when the tables turn and she finds herself falling for a mortal? You’ll have to come find out!”

Rounding out Rogers’ talented production team, the Producer is Steffi Denmark, Production Coordinator is Andrea Sickler, Scenic Designers are Bob Lukasik, Stage Manager is Geroge Seylaz, Scenic Painting by Andrea Sickler, Costume Designer is Fran Harrison, Lighting Designer is Nicholas Marmo and original music is composed and performed by the Sound Designer, Joe DeVico.

Box Office Information – Online Ticketing

Performance dates are May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 8pm and May 14 at 3pm. All performances are at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for youth/senior.

Tickets can be purchased at our Box Office or Online. To access the theater’s new online ticketing service, where you can now reserve your particular seat, simply go to The service is available 24 hours a day, and tickets can be purchased online up until three hours prior to curtain on the day of a performance. Chatham Playhouse’s box office will begin accepting phone reservations on April 25 at (973) 635-7363. For information regarding box office hours, please call the box office number listed above. Patrons with special needs requiring seating accommodations should contact the Playhouse at least 24 hours prior to the performance. Without prior notice, accommodations cannot be guaranteed. “Bell, Book and Candle” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French.

About the Chatham Playhouse

The Chatham Community Players has been entertaining residents of Morris County and the surrounding area since 1922. The organization’s mission is to produce high-quality theater for a diverse audience, while elevating its standard of excellence and providing a creative outlet with educational opportunities and outreach programs. For more information, including details of CCP’s 2017-2018 season, visit Funding has been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.


Photos by Howard Fischer

Top:  Christine Talarico as Gillian Holroyd   

Cast: (L-R) Pierce V. Lo as Shep Henderson, Anthony Bentrovatos as Nick Holroyd, Christine Talarico  as Gillian Holroyd and Lisa Barnett as Aunt Queenie Holroyd

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