N.J.- A hilariously spooky revival makes its way to Mercer
County Community College's Kelsey Theatre in June. Pierrot
Productions presents Noel Cowards' "Blithe Spirit"
Friday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, June 11 and 18 at
2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, June 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. Kelsey
Theatre is located on the college's West
Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with
the cast and crew follows the opening performance on June
world is awakened when novelist Charles Condomine hires an
eccentric clairvoyant to perform a séance at his house
party. His goal is simply to gather new material for an exposé
he is writing. The psychic turns out to be far more effective
than Charles could have predicted, summoning the spirit of
his first wife, the clever, insistent Elvira. Elvira is bent
on renewing her claim on her former husband. Supernatural
manifestations abound as Elvira, unseen and unheard, makes
continual attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second
performed in London's West End in 1941, the play set a record
for longest-running non-musicals, with 1,997 performances.
It also was well received on Broadway later that year. Coward
adapted the play for a film version in 1945 that starred Rex
Harrison, and directed a musical adaptation, "High Spirits,"
on Broadway in 1964. Enjoying several West End revivals in
the 1970s, 1980s, and, most recently, in 2004, it returned
to Broadway in 2009, featuring Angela Lansbury as Madame Arcati,
a role that earned Lansbury her fifth Tony Award.
"Blithe Spirit" cast features Virginia Barrie of
Ewing as Madame Arcati; Walter Rosenfeld of Pennington as
Charles; Lauren Makrancy of Florence as Ruth; Michelle Kallman
of Plainsboro as Elvira; Gary Gilbert of New Hope as Dr. Bradman;
Peggy Waldron of Hamilton as Mrs. Bradman; and Susan Hoffman
of Hamilton as Edith. The production is directed by Ruth Markoe
are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students
and children. Tickets may be purchased online
or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey
Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Free parking is available
next to the theater.
members include, front row from left, Lauren Makrancy as Ruth
and Peggy Waldron as Mrs. Bradman; back row, from left, Walter
Rosenfeld as Charles, Michelle Kallman as Elvira, Susan Hoffman
as Edith, and Gary Gilbert as Dr. Bradman.