Stage Page – Kentwood Players presents Noel Coward’s hit comedy ‘Blithe Spirit’

The outcome of Madame Arcati’s séance comically challenges Ruth and Charles’ marriage. From left: Megan Blakeley, Joanna Churgin, Michael Hovance Photo credit: Shari Barrett

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Kentwood Players presents BLITHE SPIRIT, the smash hit comedy by Noel Coward, opening Friday, July 19 to Saturday, Aug. 24 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester.

The production is directed by Gail Bernardi and produced by Susan Goldman Weisbarth for Kentwood Players, with rights secured from Samuel French. The cast features Megan Blakeley, Joanna Churgin, Michael Hovance, George Kondreck, Jessica Plotin, Michele Selin and Kelsey Weinstein.

“Blythe Spirit” has continued to be a hit comedy since it first premiered on the London and Broadway stages in 1941, and then went on to win the Academy Award for Best Special Effects in director David Lean’s 1945 film, featuring Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings, Kay Hammond, and Margaret Rutherford.

This hilarious supernatural farce centers on fussy, cantankerous socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric “kooky medium” Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, who makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles’s marriage to Ruth, his second wife. Ruth, however, cannot see or hear the ghost during the séance or afterward. Boundless laughs and constant pandemonium ensue.

Reserved seat tickets are $22 with a $2 discount for seniors, students, and servicemen. To purchase individual or group tickets, please email the box office at boxoffice@kentwoodplayers.org or call (310) 645-5156, preferably during box office hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 4:00-7: 00 p.m. Please note all voicemail messages will be answered in the order received to confirm your ticket order. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase online at www.kentwoodplayers.org, where you can find more information about Kentwood Players, its current and upcoming productions, and open auditions for DIAL M FOR MURDER on July 20-21. Information on Kentwood Players can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

To find out more about Kentwood Players and how you can volunteer your talents with the 70-years and going strong community theater group, the public is invited to their free membership meetings at the Westchester Playhouse, located two blocks west of the San Diego Freeway and two blocks north of Manchester at 8301 Hindry Ave., in Westchester. The next meeting takes place on Wednesday, July 24 beginning at 7:30 p.m. with refreshments served afterward.

 

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