Blithe Spirit

by

Noel Coward

November

2004

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SYNOPSIS

Blithe Spirit is set at the house of writer, Charles Condomine, and his wife, Ruth. One evening, Charles invites local eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a seance at his house. He asks along his friends, Dr. and Mrs. Bradman, intending to gather character inspiration from Madame Arcati for his latest book. Despite initially thinking the seance has been a failure, it soon becomes clear that Madame Arcati has unwittingly brought back Charles’ first wife, Elvira, to haunt him. Once in his house, Elvira is unable to leave and, as she cannot be seen or heard by Ruth, she causes all kinds of mischievous trouble between the married couple. When Elvira unwittingly causes Ruth’s death in her attempts to bring Charles over to be with her, Charles becomes haunted by both of his now-deceased wives. Frustrated by their odd situation, the threesome call on Madame Arcati once more to send Elvira and Ruth back to the other side. Intensely funny and character-driven, Blithe Spirit combines farce, emotion, and wit to great effect.

DIRECTOR

Ray Baer

CAST

Charles Candomine

Paul Day

Ruth Candomine

Sylvia Lyinch

Madame Arcarti

Valery Niggli

Elvira

Emma-Kate Potter

Mrs Bradman

Sheila von Arx

Edith

Karen Siber

Dr. Bradman

Paul Bilton

PRODUCTION PHOTOS

BEHIND THE SCENES

Stage Manager

Claudia Wicki

Co-Stage Manager

Martin Meier

Set Design

Christian Brandenburg

Sound

Terry Menard

Sound Crew

Mark Kempe, Alexander Saheb

Lighting

Sanjeev Premchandb, Megan Spence

Lighting Crew

Stephen Martin, Enel Miller, Karin Pletcher, Dustin Rees

Props

Janet Evard

Props Crew

Susi Bott, Michelle Holmes, Lynda Klomann, Sally Krauer, Hagar Schipper

Costumes

Noeleen Blaich Ann Grosfort

Make Up

Maureen Grimm, Sylvia Hintermeister

Prompters

Annabel Garneau, Dorothy Nauer

Front of House

Joan Bridgman, Corinne Curtis, Members of the Club

Box Office

Nicholas McCabe, Members of the Club

Publicity

Paul Bilton

Title Artwork

Janine Fuchs

Photography

Leslie von Arx

Programme Editor

David Roscoe

Programme Design

Peter Schietinger