The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a seance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when Madame Arcati inadvertently summons the ghost of Charles' first wife, Elvira. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear her.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRITE:
The time was World War II, the year was 1941. Before Russia and the U.S. joined forces with the allies, Great Britain was suffering severe casualties and facing German bombing attacks at home. After his London office and apartment had been destroyed by German bombs, playwrite Noel Coward felt the public would want something amusing and escapist during the dark days of the war. In between his covert operations as a member of the British Secret Service, Coward wrote "Blithe Spirit", a satirical comedy about ghosts. It is said that he wrote the play in less than a week.
The title, "Blithe Spirit", takes its title from Shelley's poem "To a Skylark" (Hail to thee, blithe Spirit!/Bird that never wert")
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Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward
Auditions will be held Sat. July 6 - 9am-noon and Mon. July 8 - 6pm-9pm
Carson Valley United Methodist Church, Centerville Lane, Gardnerville
Cast: 2 men, 5 women
For further info or to peruse a script, call Margaret Edson, 782-3670