Thornapple Players presenting ‘Blithe Spirit’
Amber Miller, as Elvira Condomine, Charles Condomine’s first wife, brings trouble to Charles, played by Nicholas Smith.
The Thornapple Players are preparing for performances of Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” from Oct. 3-6.
The seven-person cast delivers the tale of a successful author who hosts a séance, hoping to learn more about the occult for an upcoming book. Instead, the author is haunted by his first wife, who sabotages his marriage to his second wife, leading to more séances, unsuccessful spells and comical encounters.
"A hauntingly funny comedy that is perfectly executed by an incredibly talented cast," is how Director Julian Kratochvil describes the show.
The cast includes Nicholas Smith as Charles Condomine, the author; Jordan Dimock as Ruth Condomine, the author's second wife; Ellen Bennett as Madame Arcati, the medium; Dan Braker as Dr. George Bradman, a friend; Jennifer Zech as Mrs. Violet Bradman, the doctor’s wife; Amber Miller as Elvira, the author’s first wife; and Amy Jo Parish as Edith, the housemaid with unusual abilities.
The production staff includes stage managers Doug Acker and Terri Schray, light techs Dee Lowell and Sam Pattok, and sound tech Rick Hemerling. Light and sound design is by Michael Moray. Tammy Johnson and Carol Satterly are in charge of costumes. Hair and make-up are by Lynette King. Julie Coon is the prompter. Set builders are Doug Acker and Dale Svihl. The house manager is Carol Svihl.
Performances from Thursday, Oct. 3, to Saturday, Oct. 5, will begin at 7 p.m. The final performance on Sunday, Oct. 6, will be a 2 p.m. matinee.
Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for students and seniors and may be purchased in advance at Progressive Graphics or the Thornapple Arts Council. Reduced tickets ($7) are available for a public dress rehearsal only at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2.
The show will be at the Dennison Performing Arts Center, 231 S. Broadway, Hastings.
"We are so excited to perform this long-running comic classic,” producer Norma Jean Acker said. “The cast and crew have worked hard to bring this witty, wry work to our local audiences. You will not be disappointed.”