MONTICELLO -- The Monticello Theatre Association is currently rehearsing the comedy “Blithe Spirit” for performances in mid-November. Written by Noel Coward, the play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine who invites the eccentric medium Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance so he can gather material for his next book. The séance backfires when Madame Arcati unknowingly produces the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, who subsequently attempts to disrupt Charles’s marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost. Critics refer to the play as an “indisputable comic masterpiece.” The cast includes Steve Wadleigh (Charles), Kelly Barbour-Conerty (Ruth), Stephanie McLeese (Elvira), Carrie Brocksmith (Madame Arcati), Amanda Orwick (Mrs. Bradman), Carl Sebens (Dr. Bradman), and Gennie Applebee (Edith). The play is directed by Angela Schneider. “Blithe Spirit” will be presented at the MTA Theatre, 1406 N. Market Street in Monticello, at 7:30 p.m. on November 12, 18, and 19. Sunday matinee performances will be at 2:30 p.m. on November 13 and 20. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.monticellotheatre.org or by phone (217) 762-2679 (ask for Lana). Tickets may be purchased at the door, if still available.
The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright, Noël Coward, offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) 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, the "blithe spirit" haunts the hapless Charles into perpetuity. Auditions for Blithe Spirit will be Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11 from 2 to 4 pm. Prior auditions can be arranged if not available on these dates. Casting Attributes: Ensemble Cast & Strong Roles for Leading Women & Men EDITH - a maid RUTH - Charles' current wife CHARLES - husband to Ruth and, before her passing, to Elvira DR. BRADMAN - Charles' friend MRS. BRADMAN MADAME ARCATI - a medium ELVIRA - Charles' late wife Performances are scheduled for November 12, 13, 18, 19, 20. Blithe Spirit will be directed by Angela Schneider. Questions can be directed to Director@bahhumbug.biz Auditions, rehearsals and performances will be at the Monticello Theatre Association Theater, 1406 N Market Street, Monticello, IL 61856