Two Planks Theater Company is excited to announce auditions for its 2016-17 fall comedy: Blithe Spirit.
The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this classic from Noel Coward offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati. As the (worldly and un-) personalities clash, Charles’ current wife Ruth is accidentally killed, “passes over,” joins Elvira, and the two “blithe spirits” haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity. — Samuel French
“[Keeps] an audience in a state of tickled contentment.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times, 2009
“A world-class comedy!” – TheatreMania.com, 2009
Times: Friday, September 9, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, September 10, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Monroe Dance Academy, 838 Main Street, Monroe, CT
Callbacks: Sunday, September 11, 2:00 p.m.
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All roles are open. Actors should be familiar with the script. Actors should be able to present a British accent.
Sides will be posted over Labor Day Weekend. Return here for downloads after then.
Performance Dates/Location Scheduled dates Oct. 21 – 30. Friday / Saturday performances at 8:00 p.m. Sunday matinees at 5:00 p.m. All performances are held at The United Methodist Church, 515 Cutlers Farm Road, Monroe.
TBD based on casting (typically 4 week nights and Sunday afternoons)
Charles Condomine: A novelist in his forties. Charles is bright, sophisticated, articulate, and debonair but somewhat at the mercy of his wives, past and present. His interest in spiritualism as a subject for a novel leads Charles to ask Madame Arcati to dinner and a séance. He is skeptical but becomes a believer when the ghost of his first wife appears—and stays. From then on, poor Charles is a shuttlecock between the women battling for his affections: Ruth, his living wife, and Elvira, his dead one. Charles prefers Elvira.
Ruth Condomine: Charles’s second wife. Like her husband, Ruth is witty and sophisticated, and she is quite the society matron. Ruth is a bit stuffy and a little predictable. She is convinced that Charles has lost his mind when Elvira appears, because at first she can neither see nor hear Elvira. Throughout much of the play, Ruth acts as a concerned wife, trying to restore Charles to normalcy.
Elvira: The ghost of Charles’s first wife. Elvira is gray from head to toe, and only Charles can see or hear her. In life, Elvira was spirited, outgoing, wild, and carefree. In death, she is no different; she has cocktails with Genghis Khan. She does love Charles, if somewhat casually, and is jealous of Ruth. Her attempts to monopolize the attention and conversation of Charles after she reappears form the central tension of the play.
Madame Arcati: The local spiritualist and medium. Elderly but spry, Madame Arcati bicycles into the play wearing slightly outlandish clothes and talking to an eight-year-old contact on the other side. As everyone soon finds out, Madame Arcati is no fraud. She truly is in contact with the other world and inadvertently is the “medium” through which Elvira is called back to this one. The problem is that Madame Arcati cannot figure out how to return Elvira to the other side.
Edith: Edith, the maid. Edith plays a tiny part in the bulk of the play but turns out to be a central character. Edith, not Charles, has the extrasensory powers that called Elvira back from the dead, and only Edith can make Elvira return.
Dr. Bradman: A good friend of the Condomines who is invited to dinner and the séance. He is entirely skeptical of anything to do with the occult but tries his utmost to go along with the proceedings for the sake of Charles’ research.
Mrs. Bradman: Dr. Bradman’s wife. Simple and naïve, she is quite excited about being in the presence of the medium, whom she finds fascinating.
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