Bell, Book & Candle Cast & Crew


Mark Peckham


Gillian – Valerie Westgate
Shep – David Nando Rodgers
Miss Holroyd – Isabel O’Donnell
Nicky – Charles Lafond
Redlich – Susan Bowen Powers

Production Staff

Costume Design – Ron Cesario
Scenic Design – Jillian Eddy
Lighting Design – Max Ponticelli
Production Stage Manager – Rachel Nadeau

Cast Bios

Jillian Eddy

Jillian holds her BFA in Theatre from the University of Rhode Island, concentrating in theatre design technology. She is 2nd Story’s resident production artist, filling her days with painting, building, hanging, and generally anything else required to get a production up and running – a Jill of all trades, you might say. Jillian has worked regionally with Wilbury Theatre Co., The Barker Playhouse, and the University of Rhode Island.

David Nando Rodgers

Bell, Book & Candle is David Nando Rodgers’ second 2nd Story production, after debuting in The Best of Everything. He is an Out Loud Theatre Ensemble Member, appearing this season in Marat/Sade as Cucurucu, and King Lear as Edmund. David previously appeared as St. John/Brocklehurst in Jane Eyre, and co-adapted of Out Loud’s production of Dracula. Other favorite roles include Sweet Revenge at the Minnesota Centennial Showboat, and Ned Blunt in The Rover. David  co-adapted A Summer Rose in Winter from the original German script, and is currently writing a musical with Andrew James Hall. His BFA is from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. His work can be found at

Susan Bowen Powers

Susie joined the 2nd Story family in 1979 in Newport. She has acted with them in the various homes from the original theater over Harry’s Harbor Front Restaurant to School One and here in Warren. Over the years she has acted mostly with 2nd Story but also TRIST and TIFOBET. Her favorite roles were Rita in Uncommon Women and Others, Maude in A Couple of White Chicks Sittin’ Around Talkin’, Maggie in Hobson’s Choice, Susan in The Murder Room, Mrs Prentice in What The Butler Saw , and foul mouthed Pauline in Bright New Boise.

Mark Peckham

Mark Peckham’s is a Rhode Island based director, whose recent 2nd Story Theatre credits include: Educating Rita, I Hate Hamlet, And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little, Collected Stories, Eleemosynary, Becky’s New Car, Dancing at Lughnasa and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Valerie Westgate

Valerie Westgate has worked with 2nd Story Theatre for the past six years. Notable roles include Joan of Arc (Saint Joan), Constanze Mozart (Amadeus), and Edith Sussman (Die Mommie Die!). Valerie graduated from Rhode Island College with a degree in Theatre Performance and is a proud founding member of the Providence based Burbage Theatre Company.

Ron Cesario

Ron Cesario (Costume Designer) has designed over 80 productions in 13 years as 2nd Story’s Resident Costume Designer.  Ron currently manages the Brown University Costume Shop.  He spent 14 years at Trinity Rep, the last 10 as Costume Director.  Other credits include designs for the Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center, Cape Cod Playhouse, Theater IV Virginia, Perishable Theater, Trinity Rep Conservatory, Rhode Island College and Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep. He was Costume Designer for Boozical: The Musical and was an original cast member. He designs stagewear for The Khris Francis Show and gowns for the fabulous Miss Ladiva Jonz.  Ron has collaborated with Kym Moore on several Brown TAPS department shows including: Pippin, The Cook, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and Hype Hero; as well as her off-Broadway production of Jomama Jones Radiate.

Charles Lafond

After attending Rhode Island College, studying theatre performance, Charles worked as Associate Artistic Director and Teaching Artist at Traveling Theatre, and as Office Manager at Bravo Brasserie before making his way to the East Bay and 2nd Story. When he’s not diligently working at his desk in the back office, you may find him at the bar (bartender/manager) or on stage (I Hate Hamlet, Harold & Maude, Ladies Man, Prelude to a Kiss).

Max Ponticelli

Max Ponticelli serves as 2nd Story Theatre’s Producing Director and has been on staff since 2009. He holds a BFA in Dramatic Arts from URI and is a part-time faculty member at Clark University. Recently, Max been adding more “designer” credits to his resume: lighting for Prelude to a Kiss, Freud’s Last Session and Trip to Bountiful; sound for Enron (Motif Award, Best Sound Design), scenic design for Seascape and Murder at the Howard Johnson’s; and production design for Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Tuesdays with Morrie, and Love, Loss & What I Wore. He occasionally works regionally with, most recently, Bridgewater State University, The Wilbury Theatre Group, and Trinity Rep.

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