Past Production
Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit
by Noël Coward
Directed by Gail Bernardi
Produced by Susan Goldman Weisbarth
July 26 – August 24, 2019

BLITHE SPIRIT has continued to be a smash hit comedy since it first premiered on the London and Broadway stages in 1941. This hilarious supernatural farce centers on fussy, cantankerous socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric “kooky medium” Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, who makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost during the séance or afterwards. Boundless laughs and constant pandemonium ensue.

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Character

CAST

Played by
Charles Condomine ············ Michael Hovance
Ruth Condomine ············ Megan Blakeley
Elvira ············ Jessica Plotin
Madam Arcati ············ Joanna Churgin
Dr. Bradman ············ George Kondreck
Mrs. Bradman ············ Michele Selin
Edith ············ Kelsey Weinstein

CAST PICTURES

Blithe Spirit cast
Madam Arcati asks, “Is there anyone there?”
“Elvira is in this room, Ruth. Don’t you believe me?”
Elvira overhears Charles tell Ruth, “I love you, my love.”
“She frightens me, Charles.”
Not everyone believes in mediums
Charles wonders if he is hallucinating!
George asks his wife, “Should we leave now?”
Charles is about to get more than he bargained for during Madam Arcati’s séance.
Will Ruth or Elvira get to stay with Charles?
Madam Arcati is in a trance… or asleep!
Madam Arcati describes her ability to reach the spirit world.
Madam Arcati prepares to summon spirits.
How will Charles ever convince Ruth that Elvira is really there?
Ruth is distraught when Elvira admits she has no idea how long she will be staying.
Madam Arcati passes out as Elvira re-materializes!
Charles’ wives agree they did everything for him and “we’re sick of being messed about!”
Charles realizes the truth about Edith but wonders, “does she know?”
Photos by Shari Barrett

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