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Oct. 17-20 & 23-27: Comedy ‘Blithe Spirit’
Noel Coward’s play is second in Mainstage season.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 10-15-2013
Noel Coward’s comedy “Blithe Spirit” will take the stage at the Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance Oct. 17-27 in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-19 & 23-26, with 2 p.m. matinees Oct. 20, 26 & 27. It is sponsored by Blethen, Gage & Krause, PLLP.
A smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic is from the playwright of “Private Lives.” It offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira. She is called up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati. The play was first seen in the West End of London in 1941, creating a new long-run record for non-musical British plays of 1,997 performances. It also did well on Broadway later that year, running for 657 performances. Minnesota State Mankato presented “Blithe Spirit” in 1956 and summer of 1988.
The second show of the 2013-14 Mainstage season is directed by Department faculty member Heather E. Hamilton, who last year directed “And Then There Were None.” It features Carter Allen (senior BFA Acting candidate) as Charles Condomine, Amanda Forman (senior BFA Acting) as Elvira, and Kaelea Rovinsky (senior Theatre Generalist) as Madame Arcati.
Individual tickets for “Blithe Spirit” are $16 regular, $14 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, $11 for current Minnesota State students and are available online at MSUTheatre.com or by calling or stopping by the Theatre & Dance Box Office from 4-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Call 507-389-6661; please mention if you require special accommodations.