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Audition Call for Blithe Spirit

STAGE RIGHT of Texas, resident theatre company at the historic Crighton Theatre, announces auditions for the Noel Coward comedy BLITHE SPIRIT on July 17-18 at 7 pm. The show will be directed by Bonnie Hewett.

Blithe Spirit, arguably Noël Coward's biggest hit and most beloved comedy, centers on the wealthy and skeptical novelist Charles Condomine who invites self-proclaimed medium Madame Arcati to his home for a séance. He is hoping to gather material for a new book and to expose her as a fraud. To witness this event, Charles and his second wife, Ruth, invite the skeptical Dr. Bradman and his anxious-to-believe wife, Violet. When the hapless psychic accidentally summons the spirit of Condomine's late wife, Elvira, things quickly spiral out of control and his home and life are turned into a shambles as his wife's ghost torments both himself and his new bride, Ruth.

Auditions will be held at the Crighton Theatre at 234 N. Main St. in downtown Conroe on July 17 & 18 at 7 pm. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. All ages and ethnicities are welcome. Those auditioning should bring their calendars so any conflicts between July 19 and September 18 can be noted. A headshot and resume are helpful but not required. Contact the director at bonniehewett@sbcglobal.net for questions about the auditions, the show or to volunteer to help backstage.

Show dates are September 2 - 18 with Friday & Saturday performances at 8 pm and two Sunday matinees at 2 pm on September 11 and 18. Performances will be held at the historic Crighton Theatre at 234 N. Main in downtown Conroe. Tickets for BLITHE SPIRIT can be obtained by calling the Crighton Theatre box office at 936-441-SHOW (7469) or online at www.stage-right.org .

Characters:

Ages are flexible within the realm of plausibility and will be determined by who auditions.

Charles Condomine (M) Charles is a bright, sophisticated, articulate novelist 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.

Ruth Condomine (F) Charles’s second wife, Ruth is witty, sophisticated and quite the society lady. Ruth is a bit stuffy and a little predictable. She is convinced that Charles has lost his mind when Elvira appears as she is incapable of seeing or hearing her.

Elvira (F) In life the ghost of Charles’s first wife was spirited, outgoing, wild, and carefree. In death, she is no different; she socializes with Genghis Khan and indulges in all manner of mischief. She does love Charles, if somewhat casually, and is wildly jealous of Ruth.

Madame Arcati (F) Boisterous and eccentric Arcati is a spiritualist and medium. While appearing somewhat batty, she truly is in contact with the other world and inadvertently is the “medium” through which Elvira is called back to this one.

Dr. George Bradman (M) The doctor is 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 gamely tries his utmost to go along with the proceedings for the sake of Charles’ research.

Violet Bradman (F) Dr. Bradman’s wife is simple and naïve and quite excited about being in the presence of the medium, whom she finds fascinating.

Edith (F) The Condomine’s new maid is nervous and tears around at breakneck speed trying to do things right and make a good impression. Toward the end of the play it is revealed that she is the surprising and unexpected catalyst in the evenings events.