Auditions for Bell, Book and Candle

The Orange Players will be holding open auditions for our spring production of Bell, Book and Candle, written by John Van Druten and to be directed by Kevin Miller. A synopsis of the play and character descriptions can be found below.

Auditions will be held January 23, 24 & 25 from 7:00pm - 9:30pm at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Rd, Orange, CT. Actors will be asked to perform cold readings from the play, scripts will be provided. Call backs will be held on January 26 if needed.

Performance dates are April 21, 22, 28, & 29. Tech Week, April 17 through April 20. Brush Up Rehearsal April 27. Performances will take place at High Plains Community Center.

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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.

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Gillian Holroyd, 25-40 years of age. “Gill” is a very powerful witch who seems to want to live a “normal” life. Her family doesn’t understand her, and her best friend is her cat Pyewacket, a “familiar.” Gill has to consider whether magic or love will be foremost her life. 

Shepherd Henderson, 25-45 years of age. “Shep” has a very social and modern life, and is engaged to a young socialite. When Gill, Shep’s landlady, finds out he’s engaged to an old rival of hers, she decides to break it up. 

Miss Holroyd. Gill’s Aunt, 40+ years of age. “Aunt Queenie” is an incorrigible, eccentric and charming witch who encourages magical mischief in Gill and Gill’s brother Nicky. But she’s come late to witchcraft and has to practice her spells at odd times and in odd places.

Nicky Holroyd. Gill’s brother. 25-40 years of age. A playboy socialite in the magic community, Nicky is flamboyant and young at heart, a jokester who enjoys playing tricks, gaining notoriety and surpassing his sister’s powers.

Sidney Redlitch: Any age, probably in 50s. This foremost scholar of modern magic – in his own mind, anyway -- wants to write about New York witches and reclaim his fame from an earlier book on magic in Mexico. He’s messy, drinks copiously, and is excitable and gullible, which makes him exploitable by Nicky.