Haunting comedy draws critical praise

September 29, 2016 1:44 P.M.

A ghost long rumoured to haunt the fly loft at Sagebrush Theatre has been served notice: Séances will be held nightly for the duration of Noël Coward’s comedy Blithe Spirit, Oct. 6-15.

The first of three co-productions WCT has with Thousand Islands Playhouse this season, Blithe Spirit is fresh from a run in Ontario, where it received sparkling reviews from audiences and critics alike.

This, after all, is Coward’s smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, in which the celebrated playwright wrote such quotable lines as: “It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”

When Charles invites eccentric Madame Arcati to perform a séance for his wife, Ruth, and friends Dr. and Mrs. Bradman as research for his book, Charles’ marriage is suddenly in jeopardy as the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, returns to haunt him. While Charles tries to get rid of the ghost, Elvira works hard to get rid of his new wife, played against a mixture of farce and impending tragedy.

While the the cast earned praised for “stellar performances” (Kingston Whig-Standard) in Ontario, local audiences will be particularly impressed with the depth of the local talent in the cast.

From Anita Wittenberg’s lauded performance in the pivotal role as Madame Arcadi to Christopher Weddell and Janet Michael as Dr. and Mrs. Bradman and Kelsey Gilker as the uptight servant, Edith, our Kamloops actors were applauded. 

Kamloops audiences will be pleased to welcome back Krista Colosimo (Ruth) and Shannon Currie (Elvira), who have both performed in popular plays at WCT before. Colosimo performed in both Don’t Dress for Dinner and Boeing Boeing, and Currie played Catherine in Waiting for the Parade. Stephen Gartner, new to the WCT stage, plays the haunted Charles.

WCT also welcomes back Ashlie Corcoran, director (Don’t Dress For Dinner, Waiting for the Parade, Driving Miss Daisy, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Dana Osborne, set and costume designer (Boeing Boeing) and Oz Weaver, lighting designer (Don’t Dress For Dinner).Christopher Stanton is composer and sound designer for the show.

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