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Bell, Book, and Candle: Witches and Mortals Collide at Aldersgate

By • Oct 30th, 2006 • Category: Reviews

Listen to our review of Aldersgate Church Community Theatre’s production of Bell, Book, and Candle [MP3 3:43 1.1MB].

Laura: This is Laura with ShowBizRadio.net. This afternoon I saw the Aldersgate Church Community Theatre‘s production of Bell, Book, and Candle in Alexandria, Virginia.

Bell, Book, and Candle is the story of Gillian Holroyd, a witch who casts a spell on a mortal and causes him to fall in love with her. As time goes on she realizes she really is in love with him. Therefore she loses her powers and realizes that being “ordinary” isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.

Rachel Hubbard as Gillian Holroyd, Elissa Hudson as Miss Queenie Holroyd, and Tim Pullen as Nicky Holroyd

I thought this was a really good play. It was just about two hours. A pretty good audience. Not a full house, but a pretty full house. The cast was really good.

Gillian Holroyd was played by Rachel Hubbard. She did a really good job. She was very flowey, but her performance looked real. When she realized she had lost her powers she truly looked upset.

Shepherd Henderson, the gentleman that Gillian cast a spell on so that he would fall in love with her, was played by James Senavitis. He did a really good job. He played the uptight just wanting to come in and be neighborly. She took a liking to him and used her magic on him so that Shepherd would fall in love with her and not the woman that he was actually engaged to at the time. He had a good role. He played the uptight upstairs neighbor until he fell head over heels for her.

Miss Queenie Holroyd was played by Elissa Hudson. She did a good job. She was the comic relief. She had a good time in that role I think. She came in with her flowing robes. Very happy, excited. Enjoyed very much being a witch. Didn’t see that there was anything wrong with it.

Then her son Nicky Holroyd, Gillian’s brother, was played by Tim Pullen. He did a good job. When he came in there was always a lot of smoke and fog that followed him in. He got to control the lights going on and off. He had a very lively look about him and a lively attitude.

And then Sidney Redlitch, the author who was out to prove that witches and sorcery really did exist, was played by Brett Bartosavage. He did a good job. Sidney liked to drink excessively. He came in drunk through most of his appearances. But he seemed to play that well. I’m not quite sure what that means, but he did a really good job with that part.

The set was really good. It was one set. When the curtain opened the audience actually applauded because it was really well done, really detailed.

The lights were good. The costuming was good. Gillian always seemed to wear black until she lost her powers and then she went to purples that I thought were really good. The other characters always seemed to be in black which, I think represented their witchiness so to speak.

Bell, Book, and Candle is playing through November 4th at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. I do recommend you go see this show. It is a lot of fun and you’ll have a good time with it.

And now, on with the show.

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started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.

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