The Bell Witch

by Jacobson and La Puma

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THE BELL WITCH
A Supernatural Musical
Book by Tom Jacobson
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Lyrics by Tom Jacobson and Deborah Wicks La Puma
Commissioned by The Theatre @Boston Court, Pasadena, CA

Synopsis:

Act One: When Betsy hears mysterious noises in her room at night, her father John tries to comfort her, but the noises materialize as a spirit they can’t see, a Witch who torments Betsy. John forces Betsy, her mother Lucy, and her brother John Jr to keep the frightening manifestations secret. Betsy seeks help from a young man, Joshua, but the Witch gets stronger, and she develops a voice, condemning Betsy and the family at secret meeting of the abolitionist society. The family tries to pray the spirit away, but the Witch gathers four new spirits poised to attack the other family members.

Act Two: The invisible spirits take over the household, now tormenting John for hurting Betsy. Betsy tries to thwart the Witch by running away with Joshua, and Lucy gets a witch ball from a neighbor, Kate, but nothing stops the spirits from torturing John. Finally Betsy tells the family that the spirits came because John’s nighttime games in her bedroom had gone too far, and the spirits kill John. Betsy both loved and hated her father—and is shocked to learn that she is the Witch. At her father’s funeral, Betsy gains control over the Witch by forgiving herself, and the Witch disappears.

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released October 28, 2012

Featuring:
Melody Butiu ("Witch/Kate"), Sydney Endicott (“Betsy”), Gina D’Acciaro (“Lucy”), Deborah Wicks La Puma (“Olive/Cypocryphy"), Scott Graff ("John/Blackdog"), Derek Manson ("John Jr/Mathematics"), Alex Miller ("Joshua/Jerusalem")

Kaelan Decman, String Bass
Joe Diresta, Guitar
Bryan Dobbs, Banjo/Mandolin
Keila Huss, Violin

Recorded at Crunchynotes Studio, Palos Verdes, CA

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Deborah Wicks La Puma is a composer, music director, and orchestrator. Honors include the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, an NEA New American Works Grant, 2 Parents’ Choice Awards, an iParenting Media Award, an LA Ovation nomination, and 2 Helen Hayes nominations for Outstanding New Play. A proud Mexican-American and member of TYA/USA, ASCAP, and The Dramatist Guild, she lives in LA, CA ... more

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