Hilarious. Beautiful. Spectacular.
Three words that summarize the plot of this year’s last spring theater production.
Set in West End, England, during World War II, Blithe Spirit is a comic play that will keep the audience on edge.
On April 13, the Missouri WesternDepartment of Theater, Cinema and Dance showed their first run of Blithe Spirit in the Potter Hall Theatre.
Originally first put on in 1941, Blithe Spirit is a comic play written by English playwright Sir Noël Coward. The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a seance in hopes of gathering material for his next book. The scheme then backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying first wife, Elvira. As the personalities clash, Charles’ current wife, Ruth, is accidently killed and joins Elvira. The two blithe spirits then haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.
Nathan Gonder, sophomore, plays Charles Condomine in the play. He explains why this play was chosen.
“Even though the play is not widely known by mainstream public, it is a beautifully written and hilarious farce,” Gonder said. “It is very entertaining because you see many subplots unfold in the span of three acts. Throughout the entirety of it, you can’t find yourself hating any of the characters, no matter how sarcastic or obvious they behave. It’s historical significance is great as it was written during the second World War, a time when the world relied on entertainment to try and brighten their lives. It’s still fantastic today.”
The cast was not expecting a great turnout for opening night because St. Joseph was under a heavy tornado watch. However, they were pleasantly surprised when more people showed up than they anticipated that evening.
“I worked in the box office for this show. We had 80 people come for opening night and because it was Thursday, I did not expect many people, but that turned around very quickly,” box office saleswoman Lindsay Mosher said.
The next showing of Blithe Spirit will be om April 19 to 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Potter Hall Theatre. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for Western’s faculty and staff members, $6 for students and free for current Missouri Western Students with a valid ID. Tickets are available at the door, by calling the Box office or online at mwsutix.com.