Bell, Book, & Candle Cast

Jillann Gabrielle (Gillian Holroyd/Producer/Artistic Director) is very happy to be producing and starring again in Bell, Book, & Candle with this illustrious ensemble! Previous PP shows include: On Golden Pond, Into the Woods, Jerry’s Girls, Charlie Brown!, The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, The Secret Garden, Alice in Wonderland, Side by Side by Sondheim, and Two by Two. Recently in L.A. Jill won an acting award, created a sitcom set in a Chicago cabaret, and created a screenplay on Bach that an Academy Award winning director, Giuseppe Tornatore, is interested in. Currently she is writing a one woman musical on Hedda Hopper.

Bato Prostran (Shepherd Henderson) Bato is excited to be working with Paradise Playhouse. His previous roles include: Big Daddy (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Teach (American Buffalo), Gutman (Camino Real) and Rooney (Streamers). He also played Nunzio in Toni n Tina’s Wedding and most recently seen as Willy in Johnny’s Boys Graduation.

Dee Norman (Aunt Queenie Holroyd) has been acting for 40 years. Her roles include: Big Mama in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Grandma in Lost In Yonkers, Serafina in The Rose Tattoo, Jane Hudson in Whatever Happened to BB Jane?, Mother Superior in Agnes of God, Regina in The Little Foxes, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, Mother in Night Mother, Aunt Abby in Arsenic and Old Lace, and Miss McKay in The Prime of Miss Jean Brody. All of Dee’s shows are dedicated to Roger and Gina.

David Bontumasi (Nicky Holroyd) David Bontumasi is a veteran of the Chicago stage of many years, having performed with, among others, the Organic Theater, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, Chicago Dramatists Workshop, American Blues Theater, Edge Productions, Organic Greenhouse and under the direction of Peter Forster, Bernie Sahlins, Ed Blatchford and Tom Riccio. He also directed Laughing Wild at the Bailiwick Theatre for Season of Concern, which picked up an After Dark Award and a Joseph Jefferson Citation. Originally from Flint, Michigan, David has appeared in numerous commercials, training and industrial films and a few feature films.

Jim Leonard (Sidney Redlitch/Director) is a long-time veteran of Chicago area theater as both actor and director and has received seven Sam Awards. Theatres: Oak Park Theatre Guild, Village Players, Irish Theatre guild, Stage Right Dinner Playhouse, North Shore Theatre among others. Notable performances: A Streetcar Named Desire, Liliom, The Big Knife, The Fantasticks, Amadeus. Thanks to Sharon and Pootie for their continuous support.