GREENVILLE, PA—The Thiel Players, Thiel College’s student theatre troupe, will present its fall production, “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward, November 6-8 in the college’s William A. Robinson Theater.
This critically praised comedy was first presented in 1941 and takes its title from a line in Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem “To a Skylark,” specifically “Hail to Thee, Blithe Spirit.” The play focuses on socialite Charles Condomine as he is haunted by the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, following a séance and her continued—and increasingly desperate—efforts to disturb Charles’ current marriage.
“‘Blithe Spirit’ is considered one of the most popular comedies of the 20th century,” says Dr. William Robinson, longtime director of the Thiel Players. “This promises to be a production that delivers a lot of laughs thanks to our talented cast and crew and Mr. Coward’s superb writing of course!”
Junior Cody Kendera of Johnstown, Pa., plays Charles, the haunted husband, and senior Jennifer Wilfong of New Brighton, Pa., his current wife, Ruth. The ghostly Elvira is portrayed by sophomore Kayla Turek of Canfield, Ohio, and the eccentric medium, Madam Arcati, by senior Ellen Greis of South Park, Pa. Others in the cast include junior Kathleen Walter of Lawrenceville, Pa., as Edith, the nervous maid, and senior Steve Monnich of Greensburg, Pa., and sophomore Vickie Boyer of Coplay, Pa., as the skeptical Dr. and Mrs. Bradman. Senior Joel Bussard of Moon Township, Pa., is the head stage manager and Robinson is directing the production.
Show times are 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6 through Saturday, Nov. 8. There is a matinee performance on Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.
The William A. Robinson Theater is located behind the William A. Passavant Memorial Center on Thiel’s Greenville campus. Admission to the show is free, but donations will be accepted after the show. All donations support future Thiel Players productions.
For reservations for “Blithe Spirit,” call 724-589-2029.