In the small town of Eastwick, Rhode Island, everyone knows everyone else’s business, particularly Felicia Gabriel, the town’s resident busybody and know-it-all. She has the whole town on a tight leash; nobody dares to cross her! As Chair of the Preservation Society, she is launching a fund-raising bid to buy a local mansion, The Lennox House. Alas the event is curtailed by a sudden squall on an otherwise beautiful day.
Alex, Jane, and Sukie, three local friends who don’t fit into Felicia’s regimented world, are amused that the event was so impressively rained off. They’d all been wishing for something to happen. Little realising the power their innocent wishes actually conjured up! Over a few Martinis they discuss their lives and what each is lacking… a man. Preferably as handsome as the very Devil himself. This time they really do need to be careful what they wish for!
Felicia tries again with a fund-raising concert at the local church, but just before the event she receives news that the Lennox House has been snapped up by a mysterious cash buyer from New York, one Darryl Van Horne.
Darryl appears at the concert and Felicia wastes no time in trying to turn everyone against him. However, he seems to have a strange charm that unleashes the normally straight-laced townsfolk, much to Felicia’s horror.
Alex, Jane and Sukie quickly fall for Darryl’s charms, little realising that he is seeing and seducing them all at the same time. The penny drops however when he invites them all over for tennis and a chance to meet his ‘friends’.
To share any more of the plot would spoil the fun…
The Witches of Eastwick by CODS April 7th 2016 By Graham Liverton NODA Rep.
Director: Heather Barlow. MD : Ian Crew. : Choreographer: Rachel Worsley.
It never ceases to amaze me how CODS always creates the atmosphere required for their shows by decorating the foyer with pointers to the show they are performing, thus creating an atmosphere from the moment you enter the building, and this, in a school hall, which has to be totally transformed in a short space of time. Witches of Eastwick was no exception. Egrets were the order of the day.
The School hall was completely disguised by a wonderful set that hid the orchestra behind a clever picket fence on the side of the stepped stage.
Kelly Vallance took the role of Alex Spofford, the least feminine and most feisty of the “witch” trio. Gillian McKenzie was Jane Smart in the more mature characterisation and Perdita Wright was the shy Sukie Rougemont, lacking in confidence. All played these challenging roles with great skill and great stage presence, that gave all three the individual characterisations required, but when coming together gave just the right balance that blended so well.
Their “flying” scene was well done and technically very well managed.
Darryl Van Horne – Mike Felstead was extremely convincing. He performed with such style and sexual energy that any woman would have been mesmerised in his presence.
Cathie Poole (Felicia Gabriel) together with Barry Stimson as the long suffering Clyde gave excellent performances sparking off each other with great aplomb, the scenes where Felicia was producing all kinds of foreign bodies from her mouth was skilfully performed.
Ben Edgecombe as Michael Spofford did well, loved his walk that gave him his character and his gyrations in the dancing was really very funny and well performed! He captured the pathos of this role as he struggled to cope with his first love
Steph Johnson as Jennifer Gabriel did well and, with Michael Spofford, made a great couple.
All the songs were well put over with superb choreography that one has grown to expect from Rachel Worsley.
The chorus did well and the groupings were cleverly arranged.
CODS never disappoint, this is not an easy show to perform and it has difficult music that does not come easily. The singing both in solos and chorus was done particularly well and my congratulations to Ian Crew MD. He must have been shattered every night after putting his all into it, along with his skilled orchestra.
Heather Barlow should be well pleased with this production of Witches of Eastwick, it was a night to remember for all the right reasons!
Graham Liverton. NODA Rep.