GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay theatre program will present Noel Coward’s comic play “Blithe Spirit,” later this month in the University Theatre.
Guest Director Gail Childs Daly leads a student cast in this escapist comedy that Coward wrote during the grim days of World War II, when England was under siege from Nazi aircraft. The play borrows its title from “To a Skylark,” a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
It’s a simple plot that leads to farce. Hoping to gather grist for his next book, novelist Charles Condomine invites Madame Arcati, an eccentric medium, to a dinner party in his home.
Humor erupts when a séance conducted by Madame Arcati unleashes the ghost of Elvira, Charles’s temperamental first wife. Elvira is determined to disrupt her husband’s marriage to his priggish new wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the mercurial spirit.
“Blithe Spirit” features seven student actors and a crew of UW-Green Bay students and faculty members.
Performances at UW-Green Bay’s University Theatre in the Theatre Hall Building are scheduled for Nov. 13-14 and 19-21. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and senior citizens. Order online at www.uwgb.edu/tickets or call (920) 465-2217 or (800) 328-8587.
|Jessica Breest||Senior||Theatre Major – Musical Emphasis/Arts Management||West Bend West||Mrs. Bradman|
|Zach McLain||Senior||Theatre Performance/Humanistic Studies||Florence High School||Dr. Bradman|
|Katie Pugh||Senior||Theatre with emphasis in music/Humanistic Studies||Antigo High School||Madame Arcati|
|Derek Sklenar||Senior||Theatre Performance/Arts Management||Prairie du Chien High School||Charles|
|Alison Tyler||Junior||Theatre Performance/Women’s Studies||Stoughton High School||Ruth|
|Alyssa Falvey||Sophomore||Theatre Performance/French||Waukesha North High School||Edith|
|Meg Tresedder||Senior||Theatre Performance/Arts Management||D.C. Everest Senior High School (Weston)||Elvira|
Student Crew Members
|Name||Year||Major/Minor||High School||Crew Position|
|Erin Torkelson||Senior||Theatre/Graphic and Arts Management||Hortonville High School||Stage Manager|
|Joseph Bauer||Senior||Design/Technical Theatre and Graphic Communication||Roncalli High School (Manitowoc)||Props Designer|
|Brittni Werner||Junior||Theatre with Graphic Design, Human Development||Edgar High School||Sound Designer|
|Brooke Uhl||Junior||Theatre Studies and History/Business Administration||Coleman High School||Assistant Stage Manager|