Bell, Book and Candle – auditions

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West Coast Players will hold auditions for John Van Druten’s play, Bell, Book and Candle on Sunday and Monday, July 22 & 23 at 7:00 pm at West Coast Players theater, 21905 US 19 N, Clearwater. Production dates are October 5-21, 2018, with rehearsals to begin in early August.

Set in late 1950’s New York City, 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, unfortunately, witches 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?

Director Jessica Burchfield is seeking three men/two women to fill out the cast. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Character Breakdown

Gillian Holroyd (25-35) Intelligent, sophisticated woman who is also a practicing witch. She is the landlord of a Murray Hill brownstone where she, her Aunt Queenie, and Shep Henderson live. Gillian experiences a major personality transformation during the play. Must be comfortable with on-stage kissing.

Shep Henderson (28-40) A gentleman, a successful NY publisher, a hard-working man who is ready to get on with the next phase of a “successful” life…marriage. Despite being under a powerful love spell, Shep occasionally senses that something unorthodox is happening. Must be comfortable with on-stage kissing. 

Aunt Queenie Holroyd (50+) Gillian’s Aunt, also a witch, although not as powerful as Gillian. She is slightly eccentric and a bit mischievous. She loves her magic and has fun using it.

Nick Holroyd (25-35) Gillian’s brother. Charming, bright, with an easy manner and always ready for a party or a prank. Condescending toward mortals, but enjoys their company.

Sidney Redlitch (40+) Author of a book about witchcraft containing just enough truth that it is clear he has some insights into this hidden world. He is an outsider and groupie, who thrives on being “in the know.” He is aware he will never be fully part of the witchy world and that lends him a slight air of desperation. He is always a little rumpled and often a little tipsy. 


p class=”m_-7664145040889747088m_456294982348326978ydpf2492c69MsoNormal”>All roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition. No performers are paid.


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