Florence Little Theatre Blithe Spirit opens Friday
Blithe Spirit, Noel Coward‘s classic stage comedy, will open at the Florence Little Theatre on Friday. The show will run through Saturday, Nov. 9.
The production, directed by Meggie Baker, is underwritten by MUSC Health Florence Medical Center.
The cast features Lloyd Wilcox as Charles Condomine, Teresa Brown as Ruth Condomine, Scarlett Sims as Elvira, Ben Daniel as Dr. Bradman, Dawn Porter as Mrs. Bradman, Lisa Hawkins as Madame Arcati, and Katie Kelley as Edith.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $15 for students and children. The show is approximately two and a half hours long and is not recommended for children under the age of 12. All showings begin at 7:30 p.m., except for the Sunday matinee, which begins at 3 p.m.
Blithe Spirit playfully mocks the traditions of love and marriage. The play 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 séance 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 séance 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.
For information, contact the Florence Little Theatre at (843) 662-3731, or visit www. florencelittletheatre.org.