Blithe Spirit may be an unknown play to many students, but the storyline revolves around themes that everyone is familiar with: ghosts, stressful relationships and revenge. Written by English playwright Sir Noël Coward, this comedy play tells the story of an eccentric novelist, Charles Condomine, who invites a medium into his home in an attempt to gain new material for his next book. The plan backfires when Charles’ first wife, Elvira, is accidentally summoned. Chaos ensues as Elvira wrecks havoc on Charles’ current marriage to his second wife, Ruth. Through a series of unfortunate events, Ruth and Elvira end up pairing together to make the ultimate ghostly girl gang. The two continue to haunt their former husband throughout the play.
Nathan Gonder, sophomore, plays Charles in Western’s rendition of the play. “He [Charles] has helped me grow as an actor because seldom do I get comedic experience off of the stage and by playing a character so rapid as Charles, my improv skills have grown very well.” Charles urges students to come out and see the show despite its unfamiliar title. “It’s absolutely hilarious, as well as extremely beautiful and technically spectacular” Gonder said.
Western students and St. Joseph community members will have the chance to see the show on two different weekends this month. The first run of Blithe Spirit will be held April 13th and 14th at 7:30 p.m. and April 15th at 2:00 p.m. with a second run the following weekend. For more information on Blithe Spirit, including ticket price information, can be found by visiting the MWSU Department of Theater, Cinema and Dance website.