2006 – Witches of Eastwick

21st February 2006 – 25th February 2006

Kings Theatre, Glasgow

THREE MODERN DAY WITCHES, ONE LUCKY DEVIL – PMOS were delighted to be one of only several leading amateur societies in the country picked to perform this limited release.  Set in the New England town of Eastwick, the three exuberant heroines innocently plot and conjure over a heady brew of weak Martini’s and peanut butter brownies. When their longings and desires are made flesh in the form of Darryl Van Horne, All hell breaks loose – Quite literally.  Full of beautiful, funny, glittery, joyfully, stagey stuff that musical comedy dreams are made of!

NODA Review: PMOS was one of the societies granted a licence to stage “The Witches of Eastwick” and the venue for the Scottish amateur premiere of the show was the Theatre Royal, Glasgow.  The play is set in Eastwick, New England, which calls for American accents and it was clear that all principals had worked hard on these as I heard no lapses during the show.  The three Witches, namely Alexandra Spofford, Jane Smart and Sukie Rougemont (played by Sam McClelland, Jocelyn Nelson and Kirsty Ross) are all divorcees and distinctly odd and the catalyst for what follows is the handsome seducer Darryl van Horne (played by Andrew Roger), a stranger to the town from New York.  

Elaine Wilkie as Felicia Gabriel (“the bitch of Eastwick) is the town gossip and Norman MacMillan took the role of Clyde, her patient husband.  Lorna McAtasney played the impressionable Jennifer opposite the talented Martyn Agnew as Michael.  The libretto is slick and fast and with the accents one has to concentrate intently to follow the story.  Indeed, I am sure I missed quite a bit of the humour and attendance at another performance would have been rewarding.  Our National President Eric accompanied Joan and I to the show and he had the advantage of having already seen it at York and Sheffield.  One of the technical highlights is when the witches rise from their settee and fly apparently effortlessly around the stage.  The show was enjoyable and certainly an experience for the audiences and players alike.

 Comparatively few societies could tackle a show of this nature as it is so demanding on the principal cast and stage crew.  Definetly one for the brave, but I am proud to have one society in my Region capable of grasping the opportunity to add the show to its repertoire.”  Ian Gray, NODA News Scotland, May 2006

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