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Blithe Spirit

Noel Coward; Directed by Deb Topka

In this classic Noel Coward comedy, skeptical novelist Charles Condomine invites medium Madame Arcati to his home to perform a séance as a way to gather research for his next novel. He certainly never expected a hapless psychic to summon the ghost of his late wife, Elvira! His life is turned upside down as the mischievous Elvira torments him and clashes with his new bride Ruth.

Auditions

  • Sunday, June 5, 2022 at 7:00 PM
  • Monday, June 6, 2022 at 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 7:00 PM - By invitation only

You only need to attend one of the above audition sessions in order to be considered. No appointments are necessary. You should plan to spend about 2 hours at the theater for auditions (perhaps a little more or less, depending on turnout).
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Headshot and resume are not required.

If you have any questions about auditions, you may e-mail the director, Deb Topka, at zdtopka@gmail.com.

Cast requirements:
Number of Women: 5 ages 20 - 80
Number of Men: 2 ages 40 - 70

Character Descriptions:

Charles Condomine - Male - early 40s-early 50s - Intelligent English novelist. Husband of Ruth and deceased first wife, Elvira. Skeptical of Madame Arcati but becomes a believer when the ghost of Elvira appears

Ruth Condomine - Female - late 30s-early 50s - Wife of Charles, a society wife but a bit stuffy. Concerned about Charles and tries to restore him to a state of normalcy.

Elvira - Female - late 20s - 30s - Charles Condomine's deceased first wife. Outgoing and carefree. Loves Charles in her way and is jealous of Ruth. Makes Charles's and Ruth's lives very complicated. 7 to 10 yrs younger than Charles

Madame Arcati - Female - 50s-80s - Local spiritualist and medium. Spry, eccentric, and boisterous. Is truly in contact with the other world in a somewhat haphazard manner.

Edith - Female - flexible - The Condomine's maid, Edith is always in a hurry.

Dr. George Bradman - Male - 40s-60s - Friend of the Condomines. Also skeptical of the medium but goes along

Mrs. Violet Bradman - Female - 40s-60s - The wife of Dr. Bradman. Excited about the séance.

Please Note: The action of the play takes place in Kent county in southeastern England. British accents will be encouraged at auditions; however, the director may decide to eliminate accents from the production if they prove to be challenging or distract from the plot.

Rehearsals for Blithe Spirit will be on Sunday at 7pm through 7/17 then afternoons at 2pm, and Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7pm. Tech rehearsals will be held on Sunday September 4th (12pm), and 5, 6, & 7 (6pm). All actors will be expected to assist with aspects of set build and strike. Please bring a list of any conflicts you may have to auditions.

Performances

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Tickets have not yet gone on-sale for this show.

Staff

Director
 
Deb Topka
Co-Producer
 
Rhonda Bastarache, Lisa Rossana
Stage Manager
 
Robin Werkema
Set Design /Master Builder
 
Zak Topka
Costume Design
 
Elise Dervinis
Tech Design
 
TBD
Tech Crew
 
Abigail Morgan

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