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Playwright Noël Coward tackles marriage, mortality, and much more in Blithe Spirit, the hilarious supernatural comedy being presented by the Red Dot Players on March 16, 17, and 18 at Okanagan College.
As the curtain rises on Blithe Spirit, Charles and Ruth Condomine are hosting a séance at their home. Charles, a novelist writing a book set in the world of the occult, has arranged for the eccentric Madame Arcati to perform a séance as part of his research. Much to his amazement, the séance is a success, and he inadvertently summons the spirit of his late first wife, Elvira. Things become even more alarming for Charles when he learns that his ghostly former spouse will do anything to be reunited with him—even kill him!
Although he wrote it in a mere five days, Blithe Spirit was one of Noël Coward’s most successful plays, enjoying lengthy runs in London and New York. In 1945, David Lean directed a film adaptation of Blithe Spirit starring Rex Harrison and Margaret Rutherford. Since then, the play has been revived on Broadway several times, most recently in a 2009 production featuring Rupert Everett and Angela Lansbury.
Jeremy Beaulne, the director of the Red Dot Players’ production of Blithe Spirit, says he was drawn to the play for a number of reasons. “Coward’s dialogue is very witty and urbane, and the play has some great visual gags,” says Beaulne. “But I also think Blithe Spirit has some really interesting things to say about marriage and how it changes over time.”
The Red Dot Players is a theatre troupe consisting of Okanagan College students and employees and community volunteers. The cast of their current production includes Chelsea Konechny, Jessie Greer, James Paley, Mike Boulter, Ann Marie Ruether, Dorothy Dalba, and Laura Savoie.
Performances of Blithe Spirit will take place on March 16 and 17 at 7:30 and on March 18 at 2 p.m. in the Okanagan College Theatre, located at 1000 KLO Road in Kelowna. Tickets can be purchased at Mosaic Books, the Okanagan College Bookstore, and the door.
For more information, visit www.kalwriters.com/rdp.