Bell, Book & Candle

by John Van Druten / directed by Joseph Russo

December 4,5 10,11,12,13 18,19,20 31 January 2 8,9 2016

Gillian Holroyd is a sensual, free spirited gal, restless in life and unlucky in love. She also happens to be a witch. When she learns that her handsome neighbor, Shep Henderson, is engaged to her old college rival, she uses every trick in the book to stop the wedding. But when, in the midst of her magical maneuvering, she finds herself falling for him, she's left with a difficult choice: you see, witches who fall in love lose their powers. But perhaps love still has a trick or two up its own sleeve in this delectable and delightful romantic romp. BELL, BOOK & CANDLE was the inspiration for classic film of the same name starring James Stewart, Kim Novak, and Jack Lemmon. [read more]

Photos ©Ghostlight Photography


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Bawdy, risqué evening of laugh out loud comedy. – By Mary Hembree, Citizen News

Theater Review: A Vortex Of Action At TheatreWorks New Milford – By Elizabeth Young, Newtown Bee


Auditions for Theresa Rebeck's Seminar, will take place on Saturday, December 5 from 3-4:30 & Sunday, December 6 from 7-8:30. [read more]

The Eight: Reindeer Monologues Are you looking for something different for Christmas this year? Stage Reading on Dec. 23rd at 8:00. [read more]

Ringing in 2016 at TheatreWorks is an entertainment experience like no other. Join us on Thursday, December 31 starting at 7:00. [read more]



Theatreworks New Milford updated their cover photo.

Theatreworks New Milford proudly announces our 2016 Mainstage Season:
1. "Seminar" a comedy by Theresa Rebeck, Directed by Alicia Dempster
2. "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife," an outrageous comedy by Charles Busch and directed by Debbie Levin.
3. Tennessee Williams' masterful "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore," directed by Joe Russo.
4. The epic western-drama, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," by Jetrho Compton. Directed by Richard Pettibone.
5. Noel Coward's classic comedy, "Private Lives," directed by Frank Arcaro.

For more info and to buy Season Subscriptions and individual tickets, go to!
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Theatreworks New Milford updated their cover photo.

(l to r): Matt Austin as Nicky, Jenny Schuck as Gillian, and Jody Cohen Bayer as Aunt Queenie in "Bell Book & Candle," running from December 4th to January 9th.
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM THEATREWORKS! Just in time for the season, check out the article below by Joanne Rochman of the Waterbury Republican-American regarding paranormal activity at TheatreWorks New Milford and other local theaters.



It's that time of year, when theaters make sure their ghost lights are standing center stage and well lit.

Although it doesn't take a hallowed eve to bring out theater visitors, spirits and hauntings seem to be on people's minds. One of the favorite places to haunt seems to be the theater. Maybe it's just because thespians don't want to make that final curtain call, or maybe it's those who held the theater so dear that they just can't let it go. No matter the reason, it's hard to find a theater that doesn't have a ghost light and a good ghost story to go with it.

By now theatergoers who attend the Thomaston Opera House know to stay away from one particular seat in the second row of the balcony where Butch, the ghost, prefers to sit. I've spoken to Jeff Dunn about this on several occasions. One time, Jeff confided to me that when he was alone in the theater working late, he heard someone walking toward his office. The footsteps drew so near and so loud that he expected someone was about to enter his office.

The problem was that it was after 2 a.m. Then, the doorknob actually started to turn, so Jeff went to it and opened it. He was stunned to find absolutely no one there. Considering the theater was built on top of a graveyard from the 1800s, it's not surprising that one particular spirit decided to hang around. Apparently, Butch has his favorite seat in the second row. Jeff told me some time ago that people who sat in that seat would complain of cold air rushing about them. Now that seat is usually set reserved for Butch.

Since others in the theater said they were certain they saw Butch in the house, it's apparent this is one ghost not only unwilling to give up his seat, but gets a kick out of roaming the theater long after showtime.

TheatreWorks in New Milford caused a stir with people who worked nights on sets and props complaining about pieces of wood falling and platters suddenly crashing to the floor. There was enough talk that Richard Pettibone, the former president of the board, called in the paranormal experts.

They set up all kinds of equipment and actually heard EVPs, electronic voice phenomena, that is recorded of strange and mysterious voices supposedly from the dead and departed from this world. They heard a voice say "Cross yourself." To this day, the paranormal experts believe that either a minister or dedicated parishioner haunts the theater.

"No one works very late anymore," said Rich, who personally doesn't put much stock in all this. However, the theater was a Black Adventist Church in 1901 and the paranormal experts believe the original reverend is sticking around to look over the place. This is despite the fact that the voice seemed most irritated at his recording sessions.

Sherman Playhouse has many stories of strange and mysterious happenings. Kevin Sosbe of New Milford, who not only directs there but has been involved in building sets, said while he was working late one night down in the basement, he and another worker heard a chair being dragged above their heads.

"You know, back in the day I would spend the entire night there by myself. One night I was in the balcony working on my pet project, sound effects, when out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw someone walking onto the stage. When I looked up there was no one there. It happened twice, but I know that late at night the mind can play tricks," said Kevin.

Of course, then he added that one night he and a worker heard a choir singing. The Sherman Playhouse was also a church at one time.

Even our glorious Palace Theater in Waterbury has had stories of a ghost named George. Sheree Marcucci told me that between 2007 and 2008, people working at the theater heard strange sounds and knocks or saw a mysterious shadow. The theater called in the ghost hunters (paranormal investigators) to get to the bottom of it.

The investigators said they discovered a gentleman named George (the ghost) who was the general manager in the 1950s.

"You know," she said, "Anyone's imagination can conjure up anything. Apparently George is in the upper orchestra watching over the theater."

When I asked Sheree if she would ever spend the night there alone, she didn't hesitate to respond. "Absolutely not. I'm not the bravest soul," she said with a laugh.
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