Arts & Entertainment

Bewitching play coming to Richland

If you're not quite ready for Halloween to be over, you won't want to miss the Richland Players production of Bell, Book and Candle, which opens Nov. 5 at The Players Theatre.

But this witch story won't be a spooky one because it's really a classic love story with a comedic twist.

The film version of Bell, Book and Candle starred Kim Novak as Gillian, a beautiful witch who falls for Shep, a mortal played by Jimmy Stewart.

Trouble brews when Gillian finds out Shep is engaged to another woman, so she casts a spell with the help of her magical cat Pyewacket to make Shep fall in love with her.

Gillian's wacky and eccentric brother Nicky (played by Jack Lemmon in the film) warns that she's playing with fire because she'll lose all her magical powers if she falls in love with a mortal.

But Gillian doesn't heed her brother's warning.

Veteran Tri-City actor/director Tom Powers will direct Bell, Book and Candle.

The movie version of Bell, Book and Candle also inspired the TV series Bewitched.

The Players production features Amy Lynne Darling as Gillian, Jerry Bush as Shep, and Matt Shanaberger as Nicky. The show also features Barb Wilson as Miss Holroyd and CB Lih as Sidney.

"My cast is outstanding," Powers said. "They have captured the essence of the characters and their acting skills are excellent."

Showtime is 8 p.m. Nov. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20. There also is at 2 p.m. performance Nov. 14. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available at The Players box office in The Parkway in Richland.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;