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Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company to open 'Bell, Book and Candle' on Friday, Dec. 2

COURTESY PHOTO: NUTZ-N-BOLTZ THEATER CO.  - Sharon Biermann as Gillian and Justin Lazenby as Shep in 'Bell, Book and Candle,' opening Dec. 2. If you are a fan of the 1960s show "Bewitched," Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Co. is prepared to leave you spellbound with their holiday production of John Van Druten's "Bell, Book and Candle," coming to the Boring-Damascus Grange Hall stage on Friday, Dec. 2.

Druten's play actually inspired the witchy rom-com sitcom everybody knows and loves, though the signature nose twitch began with Elizabeth Montgomery. And, since "Bell, Book and Candle" starts out during Christmas, director and company co-founder Kelly Lazenby said it is very fitting for the season.

"It reminds me of those old-fashioned Hallmark movies that make you want to curl up in your jammies on the couch," Lazenby said. That said, she hopes people will ditch the TV for a night between Dec. 2-18 and choose to visit the theater.

"It's just a good romantic comedy," she added.

"Bell, Book and Candle" is the tale of the trials of a supernatural love between modern witch Gillian Holroyd and publisher Shepherd "Shep" Henderson, set in the late 1950s.

The five-member ensemble cast is led by Sharon Biermann, playing Gillian, and Justin Lazenby, playing Shep.

"It's a very small ensemble cast and they're all really good character actors," Kelly Lazenby said.

Two actors playing in the show are new to Nutz-n-Boltz, including Biermann. The production does include scenes involving kissing, and Lazenby classifies it as PG-13.

With this production, Nutz-n-Boltz will host a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Dec. 3, Sunday, Dec. 11, and Sunday, Dec. 18, as well as shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, Saturday, Dec. 3, Friday, Dec. 9, Saturday, Dec. 10, Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and children and $10 for law enforcement officers. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door.

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