Comedy and drama come together in the Witches of Eastwick

Ian McCready plays the lead role of Darryl Van Horne in the Witches of Eastwick and is surrounded by his three witches Amelia Kingston (left), Maree Croft (right) and Kellie Bywater and the cast.  
 Picture: PETER PICKERING

Ian McCready plays the lead role of Darryl Van Horne in the Witches of Eastwick and is surrounded by his three witches Amelia Kingston (left), Maree Croft (right) and Kellie Bywater and the cast. Picture: PETER PICKERING

ARARAT - Comedy, drama and 'tongue in cheek' horror all come together in Ararat Musical Comedy Society's production of The Witches of Eastwick.

With just a few weeks until opening night, rehearsals are stepping up and the cast, crew and band are putting in the hard yards to ensure that yet another polished performance will be presented in the Ararat Performing Arts Centre in June.

The show is being directed by newcomer Sue O'Neill and musically directed by Wally Pope with vocal coaching by Leanne McCready. A full live band will again complement the production.

A talented cast has been assembled and includes Ian McCready as the devilish Darryl Van Horne, while the three witches will be played by Amelia Kingston as Alexandra, Maree Croft as Jane and Kellie Bywater as Sukie.

Doug Koschel features as Clyde and Mary Reid as Felicia while the remaining lead roles include Eliza Seres as Jennifer and Riley Mason as Michael.

Smaller roles will be played by Sheena Braddick as Brenda, Jodie Holwell as Greta, Peta Chaplin as Mavis, Deb Slorach as Franny, Britney Studd as Mabel, Daryl Chaplin as Ed, James Hartwich as Fidel, Tamsin O'Neill as Eudora, Carl Forshaw as Raymond, Richard Draper as Joe, Libby Johnston as Gina, Logan Bartlett as Marcy, Dianne Steele as Rebecca, Leanne McCready as Marge, Andrew Evans as Henry, Hamish Hartwich and Rachel McCready as the 'Little girl'.

The story is set in the sleepy New England town of Eastwick, where the three (not-so-wicked) witches Alexandra Spofford, Sukie Rougemont and Jane Smart are divorcees feeling trapped in their everyday humdrum lives. One stormy night, high on martinis and brownies, they make a crazy wish - for a man to make their own. But their wish has consequences they could never have dreamed...

A few days later, the mysterious and charismatic Darryl Van Horne arrives in Eastwick with a bang, taking over the local historical mansion to the horror of town doyen and president of the Eastwick Preservation Society, Felicia Gabriel. The stranger from New York wastes no time in seducing the three women, and setting them free to plan their revenge on the conservative town. Darryl encourages them to find the magic within themselves, and they finally 'fly' across the New England night.

But too much of a good thing can't last forever...soon Alex, Jane and Sukie must face the consequences of their newfound passion for Darryl and the magic he can teach them.

Felicia Gabriel and her Husband Clyde are the unfortunate victims of their power and when Darryl is deserted by his 'three little ladies', he turns his attentions to Clyde and Felicia's daughter, Jennifer and soon a wedding is announced.

Shocked, the three women must harness their power and face down the devil in disguise...

The Witches of Eastwick will be staged at the Ararat Performing Arts Centre on June 20, 21, 22, 27 and 28. Tickets will go on sale soon.

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