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2011-03-10 / General Stories

MCT names director, sets auditions for ‘Blithe Spirit’

The next play Milam Community Theater will produce is Noel Coward’s highlyacclaimed, improbable farce “Blithe Spirit,” which will open on the Williams Civic Center stage Saturday May 14.

“This is a drawing room farce,” said Richard Stone, who was tapped by the MCT board to direct the show. “Even though it is set in post-war England, it holds up very well for today’s audiences. The characters are fully realized, the dialogue is sharp and witty and the pace is rapid.”

Stone noted that “Blithe Spirit” is one of Coward’s most enduring works. It ran for nearly 2,000 performances in London’s West End and that Angela Landsbury starred in the very successful 2009 Broadway revival. “That’s how good this script is,” he said.

The play concerns socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when the séance calls the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, following the séance. Elvira makes continued attempts to disrupt Charles’s marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.

“Then, as they say, hilarity ensued,” said Stone.

Auditions for the show are 7 p.m. Monday March 21 at the civic center with rehearsals beginning later that week.

The script calls for a company of two men and five women. Stone said that the age ranges of the actors is immaterial as long as the three main characters are of a similar age.

“All of the roles in this show are good, juicy parts,” said Stone. “Even some of the smaller parts have the potential to steal the show.”

In general, he said rehearsals will be Monday through Thursday, begin at about 7 p.m. and held at the Civic Center.

For more information about auditions, please contact Stone via email at richard.2456@gmail.com or at 512-760-5748.

Stone’s previous directing credits at MCT include “Faith County,” “On Golden Pond,” “Plaza Suite,” “The Odd Couple” and “An Evening of Culture.”

The play will be on stage May 14, 15, 21 and 22. Show times for the Saturday performances will be 8 p.m. The Sunday matinees will be at 2 p.m.

Opening night of this run is MCT’s popular dinner theater. Seating for this show is limited and reservations will be required. Watch for reservation information near the end of April. Dinner theater tickets for MCT members will be $25*, non-members $40. There are no student discounts for the dinner theater.

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