Blythe Spirit

By Noel Coward

April 27 & 28, 2012

 Directed by Peter  Crooks
Produced by Liz Ross

Blithe Spirit is set at the house of writer, Charles Condomine, and his wife, Ruth. One evening, Charles invites local eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a seance at his house. He asks along his friends, Dr. and Mrs. Bradman, intending to gather character inspiration from Madame Arcati for his latest book. Despite initially thinking the seance has been a failure, it soon becomes clear that Madame Arcati has unwittingly brought back Charles’ first wife, Elvira, to haunt him. Once in his house, Elvira is unable to leave and, as she cannot be seen or heard by Ruth, she causes all kinds of mischievous trouble between the married couple. When Elvira unwittingly causes Ruth’s death in her attempts to bring Charles over to be with her, Charles becomes haunted by both of his now-deceased wives. Frustrated by their odd situation, the threesome call on Madame Arcati once more to send Elvira and Ruth back to the other side. Intensely funny and character-driven, Blithe Spirit combines farce, emotion, and wit to great effect.

Peter Crooks was nominated for Best Director at 2013 Gala of the FQTA (Fédération québécoise de théâtre amateur). Also nominated were Sandra McCallum for Best Actress and Tina Fidele Keating also for Best Actress.

The Cast
Frank White Charles Condomine
Tina Fedele Keating Ruth Condomine
Elaine Houle Elvira Condomine
Sandra McCallum Madame Arcati
Christopher Brookes Dr. George Bradman
Ginette Gubbe Mrs Bradman
Gigi Jackson Edith, a maid
Sarah Katherine McCallum Daphne, ghost child’s voice

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