SANTA CRUZ SHOESTRING PLAYERS
Contact: Judy Libby: (520) 207-6035 For: Santa Cruz Shoestring Players
Berdette Robison (520)-399-1750 Susan Vorhees (520) 625-7242
Jerry Schultz (520) 399-3205
SHOESTRING PLAYERS’ SÉANCE PROMISES LOTS OF LAUGHS
WITH PRODUCTION OF NOEL COWARD COMEDY BLITHE SPIRIT
GREEN VALLEY – When socialite novelist Charles Condomine brings an eccentric medium into his home for a séance as research for his next book, the one thing he never dreamed would happen happens. The ghost of his deceased wife materializes, determined to get him to join her in the spirit world.
Charles is the only one who can see the ghost who takes sassy delight in disrupting the writer’s relationship with his new wife, who often thinks he’s talking to her when he’s trying to make the ghost, who makes a habit of rearranging furniture and propelling objects off walls, behave.
The hilarious adventure of how Charles deals with the two women, the seemingly deranged medium and a nervous maid with a mysterious secret is summed up in Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit,” a three-act comedy kicking off Shoestring Players’ 2010 theatrical season.
Directed by Shoestring founder Susan Vorhees and Don Wycoff, the play opens on the main stage at Green Valley’s Community Performing Arts Center with a 2 p.m. matinee Thursday, Jan. 28, followed by 7 p.m. performances Jan. 29 and 30. A second matinee is scheduled at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, followed by 7 p.m. performances Feb. 5 and 6.
The cast includes Tom Bushee, Neysa Dickey, Roberta Konen, Jessica Pomeroy, Hal Streib, Karen Cuthbert and Brianna Catlin. The producer is Judy Libby and Mary Lynn is the stage manager.
Coward wrote the play in six days in 1941 London to lift the spirits of his fellow Britons who were being relentlessly pounded by German bombs at the start of World War II. The play lasted longer than the Nazi blitz, setting a record for a non-musical with nearly 2,000 performances. The story has been made into a motion picture and a stage musical, as well as performed in television productions.
Tickets for “Blithe Spirit” are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. They can be purchased at Community Performing Arts Center, 1250 W. Continental Road and Green Valley-Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce, 270 W. continental Rd., Suite 100. They can also be purchased on line at www.santacruzshoestringplayers.com or through CPAC at www.performingartscenter.org.
The Santa Cruz Shoestring Players has cast "Blithe Spirit," Noel Coward's comedy about a seance gone awry when a writer's deceased wife returns to bedevil the writer and his new wife. The players, from left are Brianna Catlin, Karen Cuthbert, Roberta Konen (a seemingly deranged medium), Hal Streib, Neysa Dickey, Tom Bushee (a perplexed novelist haunted by the ghost of his deceased wife) and Jessica Pomeroy (the spirit).
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