‘Magic’ comes to Selwyn

by Mike Isle

The musical version of the multi-award-winning movie The Witches of Eastwick comes to Selwyn next month, performed by Kirwee Players.

The movie, which earned Academy of Science Fiction best actor awards for its stars Jack Nicholson and Susan Sarandon, was a worldwide smash that drew critical approval for all its stars, including Cher, and its soundtrack by John Williams. Now the stage musical version gets an airing in Kirwee under the deft direction of director Phil Dean, musical director Darren Weber and choreographer Anna Randall.

Kirwee Players’ publicity officer, Courtney Hyde, says the 50-strong cast, most of whom live in Selwyn, has worked hard to bring the sparkling comedy to the Kirwee Community Hall Stage. “Technically there were a lot of challenges due to the magic element,” she said. “But, it has been a lot of fun coming up with creative and new concepts for set design, lighting and technical wizardry to accommodate the ‘magical’ elements.”

The Witches of Eastwick, a wicked comedy, is set in a typical small town where gossip is rife about three single women. The play offers a witty, irreverent and pointed glimpse of small-town people and values, but with a twist. The three main characters are witches, and amid local gossip, scandal and sorcery they seek the perfect relationship by any means, conjuring up the perfect man ‘Darryl’…or is he…?

Kirwee Players are staging the production in the Kirwee Community Hall from August 3 to August 11.

Tickets are available at Eventfinda or from Darfield Pharmacy. A bar will operate prior to the show, during the interval and for a short period after the show when the audience is invited to meet cast and crew.