Director appointed for Witches of Eastwick

ARARAT - Ararat Musical Comedy Society has appointed the director for its 2014 production of 'The Witches of Eastwick'.

Sue O'Neill, who has recently returned to Ararat with her family after a number of years living away from the area, has been appointed director this year and is looking forward to taking the group on the journey of putting a show together.

Ms O'Neill directed a number of one act plays and melodrama-type productions for the Ararat Theatre Company many years ago.

The Society will hold a familiarisation night for those interested in being involved in the production, whether that be on stage or behind the scenes, on Tuesday, February 4 at the Ararat Performing Arts Centre craft room (entrance adjacent to the Ararat Art Gallery).

At the familiarisation night information about the show and audition information will be provided. Auditions are expected to be held over the weekend of February 7-9.

Comedy and drama all come together in John Dempsy and Dana P Rowe's musical adaptation of The Witches of Eastwick.

In the sleepy New England town of Eastwick, 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 getting to know 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.

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 main characters include: Darryl Van Horne, Jane Smart, Sukie Rougemont, Alexandra Spofford, Felicia Gabrile, Clyde Gabriel, Michael Spofford, Jennifer Gabriel, Fidel (Darryl's sidekick) and a 'young girl', who appears sporadically throughout the show.

The songs are modern, upbeat and funny and anyone hoping to become involved is urged not to compare the musical production with the film on which it is based, as the stage show is much lighter, funnier and audience friendly.

"The Society welcomes anyone who would like to be part of the show, whether on stage or as one of our valuable behind-the-scenes crew members," president Grant Johnson said.

"We are an inclusive group that welcomes everyone, so if you're new to town and want to joint a group of like minded people who have fun while staging high quality productions, come along to the familiarisation night."

Director of The Witches of Eastwick Sue O’Neill. Picture: PETER PICKERING

Director of The Witches of Eastwick Sue O’Neill. Picture: PETER PICKERING


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