WLOS Presents The Witches of Eastwick

Wexford Opera House, 22 – 27 April 2013

Wexford Light Opera Society present The Witches of Eastwick

This hilarious comedy musical will take place in Wexford Opera House from 22nd to 27th April, starring George Lawlor, former mayor of Wexford as the devil – Darryl Van Horne. The three leading ladies/witches are as follows: Siobhan Fawsitt, multiple AIMS awards winner as Alexandra, Wexford-born TV and West-End star Sharon Clancy as Jane, and former Eurovision contestant Naoimh Penston as Sukie. Other principal parts feature more tremendous talent and familiar faces with Catherine (Biddy) Walsh taking the role of Felicia alongside Pat Lawlor as Clyde, James McDermott as Michael, alongside Catriona Brady as Jennifer, and Maggs Jacob as “the Little Girl”. This fantastic cast are being skilfully directed by John Donnelly, musically directed by Fintan Cleary, and choreographed by Nicole McDonald. The show features a large chorus with big musical numbers throughout, led by Chorus Mistress Eithne Corrigan.

Tickets will be available from the Society’s box office at 38 High Street Wexford (tel.: 053 917 4808). The box office opens for Priority Bookings from Members and Friends on 8th April, with general bookings starting on 10th. Box office opening hours are 11am to 3pm Monday to Saturday. For more information you can email info@wlos.ie.

Ticket Prices

  • €20 Mon-Thurs
  • €25 Fri-Sat
  • €15 OAP/Students on Mon/Tues Night
  • Group Rate of €15 for 10+ tickets booked on Mon-Thurs (Save 25%)
  • Group Rate of €20 for 10+ tickets booked on Fri-Sat (Save 20%)

To become an associate member/Friend and to avail of the priority booking text 086 661 9258 with your name and email address and an application form will be emailed to you.

The Cast

  • Darryl: George Lawlor
  • Alexandra: Siobhan Fawsitt
  • Jane: Sharon Clancy
  • Sukie: Naoimh Penston
  • Felicia: Catherine (Biddy) Walsh
  • Clyde: Pat Lawlor
  • Michael: James McDermott
  • Jennifer: Catriona Brady
  • The Little Girl: Maggs Jacob
  • Gina (Joe’s Wife): Mairead Connaughton
  • Brenda Parsley (Ed’s Wife): Joanne Flood
  • Greta Neff (Raymond’s Wife): Majella Londra
  • Marge Perly (Homer’s Wife): Marian O’Leary
  • Joe Marino (Gina’s Husband): Eric Hayes
  • Raymond Neff (Greta’s Husband): Nicky Kehoe
  • Tony Bergman: Dylan Walsh
  • Ed Parsley (Brenda’s Husband): Brian Kelly

The Witches of Eastwick is a comedy musical that was released in 2000, based on the novel of the same name by John Updike. It was adapted by John Dempsey (lyrics and book) and Dana P. Rowe (music), directed by Eric Schaeffer, and produced by Cameron Mackintosh.
The story is based around three female protagonists, the ‘Witches’: Alexandra Spofford (Siobhan Fawsitt), Jane Smart (Sharon Clancy), and Sukie Rougemont (Naoimh Penston). Frustrated and bored by their mundane lives in the town of Eastwick, a shared longing and desire for “all manner of man in one man” comes to life in the form of a charismatic stranger, a devil-like character, Darryl Van Horne (George Lawlor). Seducing each of the women in turn Darryl teaches them how to further expand the powers locked within, though their new unorthodox lifestyle scandalizes the town. As these powers become more sinister and events spiral out of control, the women come to realise that Darryl’s influence is corrupting everyone he comes into contact with and resolve to use their new-found strength to exile him from their lives.

Further detail…
In the small New England town of Eastwick, Rhode Island, live three unhappy divorcees (our not-so-wicked witches) – Alexandra Spofford, Jane Smart and Sukie Rougemont – much to the chagrin of the town’s self-appointed first citizen, Felicia Gabriel. Failed sculptress Alexandra is concerned with her teenage son Michael and his romance with Felicia’s college-bound daughter Jennifer. Uptight music teacher Jane is grappling with her divorce from her purportedly gay husband. And Sukie is troubled over her tedious affair with Clyde, Felicia’s husband and editor of the paper where Sukie works.

One stormy night, over a heady brew of brownies and weak martinis, they wish for their perfect man. In no time at all, the town’s legendary Lenox House is bought and its grounds ecologically disfigured by a stranger from New York City – one Darryl Van Horne. Sweeping into town atop a wave of gossip, the charismatic newcomer makes a sardonic case for small-town living.

One night, not long after Van Horne whisks Alexandra away to his ocean-side manse, romancing repulsing and chiding her for failing to see the beauty in herself. As Jane practises her cello the next evening, Darryl comes to call, violin in hand. Playing a duet with her, he unleashes the passion both in her music and her soul.

Two down, one left… The following day, Van Horne intrudes upon Sukie’s home, questioning her seeming inability to finish a sentence. He remedies the problem. If the three women are initially jealous when they discover that Darryl has been dividing his attentions between them, magic and sensuality soon win the day – and the night.

Meanwhile, Eastwick is awash with rumours of Van Horne and his veritable harem. Rallying her troops, Felicia sends Jennifer off to college early, getting her safely away from Alexandra’s son Michael, and the carnal insanity that has gripped their little town.
On their way to the Lenox House, the three women reflect upon both their childhood dreams and their recent transformations. Darryl watching them, marvels at his handiwork. Once arrived, they use a charmed cookie jar, cursing Felicia with a variety of objects – tennis balls, bracelets, feathers – which fly out of her mouth. Enraptured and enamoured, the three witches are sent sailing into the New England skies.

Months have passed… And if Felicia and her cronies have only grown more single-minded in their pursuits, so has Alexandra. With the whole of the United States between them, Michael and Jennifer pledge their love for one another over the phone, doing their not-too impressive best to name what it is they share. Darryl wanders into the middle of Michael’s shift at Nemo’s Diner where he conjures up a preternatural lesson in the ways of the fairer sex for the lovelorn boy and the men of Eastwick.

The ladies and Darryl continue to plague Felicia, pouring drawing-pins, toenail clippings, spiders and cherry stones into the magic cookie jar and out of Felicia’s vile mouth. In her kitchen Felicia is stricken by the spell, even as she attempts to harangue her husband. Clyde ends it all with a well-timed frying pan, only to be extinguished himself in Felicia’s dying breath.
News of Clyde and Felicia’s mysterious deaths swiftly spread through the town and Jennifer comes home from college to clear out the house. A newly educated Michael is chasing after every girl in Eastwick. Alexandra, Jane and Sukie, filled with guilt, distance themselves from Darryl. And an abandoned Darryl is none too happy about it, vowing revenge upon his distaff coven. Coming across Jennifer at the docks a remorseful Sukie ruminates on the ever-present past. Van Horne moves in on the orphan girl, however, and under his considerable influence, Jennifer is seduced. The two quickly become engaged to be married – a fact rubbed firmly in the pretty faces of Alexandra, Jane and Sukie. The women make their plans, even as Van Horne prepares for his wedding, gloating all the while.

On the blessed day, Alexandra, Jane and Sukie gatecrash the proceedings at the church. Armed with an effigy and a hat pin, they cast Darryl out of Eastwick. Jennifer and Michael are reunited, if still linguistically impaired; and Alexandra, Jane and Sukie have all found peace within themselves and their lives, poised to live happily ever after. Darryl Van Horne is out of their lives forever… Perhaps…

One thought on “WLOS Presents The Witches of Eastwick

  1. Louise Cassidy says:

    Im looking to book 4 tickets for The witches of Eastwick on the Friday night. Can you please call me aft 3pm on fri 19.4.13. 0877676399
    Louise Cassidy

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