Mount Union Department of Theatre to Present "Blithe Spirit"

June 01, 2010

On Nov. 20-22, Mount Union Theatre Department will present an adaptation of Noel Coward's sophisticated British comedy, Blithe Spirit. The play is under the direction of Rudy Roggenkamp, professor of theatre and department chair at Mount Union College.


To cater to a more contemporary audience, Roggenkamp has updated the play, transforming the original setting of a ritzy small town outside of London during World War II into the upper-class Hamptons in Long Island. Some of the language, especially British slang, had to be altered to relate better to both the setting and audience.

"The theatre department tries to balance the shows each season," said Roggenkamp. "This show is lighter and more comical compared with Glass Menagerie performed earlier this fall."


The play focuses on three main characters: Charles, played by junior Matthew Antonini; his current wife, Ruth, played by sophomore Britta Nugent and the ghost of his former wife, Elvira, played by junior Angela Dallas.

The show also features Madame Arcati, played by sophomore Shley Snider; Dr. and Mrs. Bradman, played by junior Sheldon Cotten and freshman Brittany Behringer; and the maid, Edith, played by freshman Margo Bell.

Charles, a writer, decides to hold a s'ance in his home as research for his next novel about a murderer posing as a psychic. Madame Arcati performs the s'ance. To Charles's astonishment, the s'ance works and brings back the ghost of Elvira. Throughout the rest of the play, Charles, Elvira and Ruth are involved in a supernatural triangle that stirs up many twists and turns in the plot.

All performances will be at 8 p.m. and are open to the public and free to all Mount Union students. For more information or to reserve seats, contact the box office in Rodman Playhouse at (330) 821-2565.

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