BY SUZANNE SNOW –
Feeling the Halloween spirit and looking for some fun plans? Come check out the OLT’s production of Bell, Book and Candle. If you are a fan of the TV series Bewitched, you will love the quirky cast of characters in BB&C. The chemistry on stage is energetic and the characters are played by some familiar faces of Polk County. Amanda Stipe leads the stage as Gillian, a witch who wants a taste of normal human life. Pastors Lamar Austin and Scott O’Rear bring the comedy and plots twists in roles that contrast their real life personalities. Tim Hesse is back on the stage as the leading man whose life gets turned upside down when a spell is cast on him. We introduce Emily McCoy Butler as the silly witch Aunt Queenie.
Besides the amusing characters, there will be a very patient cat on stage as Gillian’s familiar, Pyewacket. The stage is a funky twist of Halloween and Christmas set in 1950s New York City. This romantic comedy is not to be missed if you like a bit of whimsical magic. Despite being witches, the characters in this story have flaws, develop as people, and are easy to relate to.
The play will open on Friday, 10/24 and there will be shows on 10/25 and 10/26 as well as on Halloween 10/31, 11/1, and 11/2. The Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 pm and the Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm. Ticket prices are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and seniors 60+. Season ticket holders may use their 2014 tickets for admission or purchase a new 2015 ticket at the box office, which opens one hour before showtime. Season tickets for 2015 went on sale Oct. 15 and are valid now through the end of next year. Anyone purchasing a 2015 ticket at the box office will receive one free admission for that performance.
Feel free to come in your Halloween costume or a festive outfit, hey we only get to dress up like this one time a year so have fun!