‘Blithe Spirit’ a Supernatural Comedy at the Hett, March 27-30

Theatre Students Perform Noel Coward Play

Lebanon, Ill. — The McKendree University Theatre Department’s production of “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward opens on Thursday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. and continues on March 28 and 29 at 7:30, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 30. Admission is free for general admission seating at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts on campus.

The comic play features Charles Condomine, a bright and articulate novelist who finds himself in an awkward predicament after conducting a séance with his wife Ruth, his friends Mr. and Mrs. Bradman, and the eccentric Madame Arcati. Through the séance, Charles becomes reunited with the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, who will do anything necessary to destroy his current marriage.

The cast features Victoria Day of Martinsville, Ill., as Edith; Tyler Jewell of Granite City, as Charles Condomine; Joshua Fleming of Cave in Rock and Shayna Dixon of Alton, as Dr. and Mrs. Bradman; Carliann Huelsmann of Highland, as Madame Arcati; Rebecca Blake of Branson, Mo., as Elvira Condomine; and Lauren Magnussen of Collinsville, as Daphne.

The crew includes Julia Surdyke of Festus, Mo., stage manager; Dakota Reed of West Frankfort, lighting design; Katelyn Kamphorst of Belleville, costume design; Evan Bosaw, of Troy, sound design; Nathan Hunt of Harrisburg, deck manager; Liz Bruchhauser of Highland and Dalton Robinson of Marion, light board operator; Taquisha Dirsdell of Round Lake, running crew; and Spencer Marcum of Centralia, publicity.