Noel Coward classic opens in February, 2015
The Stage Door theatre, located at 601 Oak Avenue in Yukon, is excited to announce auditions for one of Noel Coward’s funniest and most well-known plays, “Blithe Spirit.” Auditions are set for December 15 and 16 from 7-10 p.m. with call-backs on Wednesday, December 17th. Rehearsals will start the first full week in January with show dates set for February 13, 14, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and February 15 and 22 at 2:30 p.m.
This smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, remarried but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira. As the worldly and unworldly personalities clash, Charles is left trying to explain to his current wife to whom he is speaking when there is no one else in the room and why his behavior has gotten so erratic. This is a completely enjoyable comedy for every couple.
“Blithe Spirit” is a character-driven play consisting of 5 females, ages late 20’s through 60’s and 2 males, ages 40-60’s. Role descriptions are as follows:
Charles Condomine (40s), a novelist, bright, sophisticated, articulate, and debonair but somewhat at the mercy of his wives, past and present
Ruth Condomine (30s – 40s), Charles’s second wife. Like her husband, Ruth is witty and sophisticated, and she is quite the society matron. Ruth is a bit stuffy and a little predictable. She is convinced that Charles has lost his mind when Elvira (his previous wife) appears.
Elvira (early 30s), the ghost of Charles’s first wife. In life, Elvira was spirited, outgoing, wild, and carefree. In death, she is no different; she has cocktails with Genghis Khan. She does love Charles, if somewhat casually, and is jealous of Ruth. Her attempts to monopolize the attention and conversation of Charles after she reappears form the central tension of the play.
Madame Arcati (50s), the local spiritualist and medium. She’s an eccentric gypsy babushka, elderly but spry. Madame Arcati wears outlandish clothes and talks to an eight-year-old contact on the “other side.” Is she a fraud or is she in contact with the other world?
Edith, the maid (late 20s). Edith is always trying to please but misses the mark, she’s always in a hurry. On and off throughout the play, Edith holds the key to and turns out to be a central part of the play.
Dr. Bradman (50s – 60s) A friend of the Condomine’s, upper crust, stuffy.
Mrs. Bradman (50s – 60s) The good doctor’s wife, wants to be like the other girls, not as sophisticated and tries to keep up with the conversations.
The Stage Door welcomes new director George Adams to the helm of this show. Adams may be a new face at The Stage Door, but he certainly knows his way around the entertainment business with a resume full of directing credits, lighting and sound design, set design, producer, stage manager, special effects, publicity, and the list goes on. Besides knowing his theatre art, Mr. Adams has plenty of experience in the film industry, as well, and The Stage Door is very pleased to have his talents at work in Yukon’s own community theatre.
The director is looking for passionate actors who want to enjoy presenting Noel Coward’s farce. Sides from the play will be used for the auditions. Please bring a resume and headshot (or picture) to include with your audition form, as well as a list of your evening conflicts from January 5 through February 22.
If you have questions, you may contact the director through The Stage Door at 405/265-1590 or firstname.lastname@example.org.