The Little Theater of Tuscarawas County will open its season with the famous classic “Blithe Spirit”, directed by Tamora Benson.
Written by British playwright Noel Coward, “Blithe Spirit” was first performed in the West End in 1941, where it lasted a record 1,997 performances before moving to Broadway later that year. The plot centers on the social novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the clairvoyant Madame Arcati to his home for a session. He hopes to use the experience to write his next book, but the plan backfires when Arcati manages to summon Charles’ late first wife, Elvira. Elvira attempts to disrupt his marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost. Exploring themes of deception, love, loyalty and the complex legacy of past relationships, “Blithe Spirit” is one of Coward’s most acclaimed plays and has been performed several times on Broadway. It was adapted for cinema in 1964.
The cast includes: Roxie Long as Edith; Kate Lynne Miller, Ruth; Michael Antonelli, Charles; Kenn Holmes, Dr Bradman; Amy Vance, Mrs. Bradman; Pat Potter, Madame Arcati and Kate Sweitzer, Elvira.
The assistants of the director, Benson within the artistic team are: Shannon Krocker, assistant director; Meghan Miller, producer; Kenn Holmes, stage manager; Dawn Furniss and Tamara Benson, stage crew; Jane Deitrick, accessories; George Benson, set designer / builder; Amy Vance, Kate Miller, Michael Antonelli, Tamara Benson, set painting; Jane Deitrick, Amy Vance, Tamara Benson, stage decorator; Joe Compton, designer, Mary Maxwell, technician for Lights; Meghan Miller design and technology for sound; Alex Allesandri-Bruce and Sarah Spies, Costumes; Kenn Holmes and George Benson, special effects and Naomi Benson (NB Photography-nbphotograpjylc.com, photos and video.
How to watch
The production dates will be October 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24, with mornings on October 10, 17 and 24. Evening performances open at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday mornings at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available now by calling the Kent State University Performing Arts Box Office at 330-308-6400, or online at www.TheLittleTheatreOnline, org,