Blithe Spirit (Sep 20, 2019 – Oct 6, 2019)

Blithe Spirit

By Noel Coward

Directed by Paula Worley | Produced by Maureen Holloway

A smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic offers a cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted by the ghost of his late first wife, who is called up by a visiting “happy medium.” With wonderful staging, a script with twists and turns and 1940’s costuming and set, Blithe Spirit is a deliciously ghostly and funny piece of theatre!

Blithe Spirit is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

Dinner & A Show!

New this year – enjoy a delicious prix fixe menu at Cucina Urbana before taking in a great show! Just $65 for a 3-course meal, taxes, gratuities, and your ticket!

Check out the menu, choose the “Cucina Urbana Dinner and Show” package when purchasing, and make a reservation at Cucina Urbana for the evening of your performance. Make sure you present your ticket at the restaurant.

Sept. 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, Oct.4, 5, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

Sept. 22, 29, Oct 5, 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets $25 (All Incl.)

Dinner & A Show, $65 (Show, 3-course meal, taxes, gratuities incl.)

Call 905 372-2210 or 1-855-372-2210
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Cast

In order of appearance

 

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Edith, a maid ... played by Laura Bassett

Laura has been a resident of Northumberland County for 11 years now. Earlier this year Laura experienced her first stage performance in "Ghost of A Chance." During that experience Laura found a little piece of herself on stage. She loved it so much she wanted to act again. Laura couldn't be happier to be in "Blithe Spirit" at Northumberland Players. In this production she plays Edith; the maid. Laura is thrilled to be portraying Edith, because sometimes the things we least expect give us the greatest surprise.

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Ruth ... played by Emily Graham

This is Emily's first production with Northumberland Players and she is thrilled to be given the opportunity to bring Ruth to life. After a decade long absence from the stage, Emily decided to take a chance last fall and performed in "Office Hours" and has had the acting bug ever since. 

Emily has loved the theatre from a very young age and now gets to introduce its magic to her four children, Ella, Gage, Jack & Wyatt. She currently works in the Museum Field and is fortunate enough to have a job that brings history to life every day. 

About the character:

Ruth is a strong, formidable woman with a great deal of integrity, she also has a soft edging that demonstrates the humanity within her and what inherently makes us all human. She is a character that we both love and hate simultaneously and I believe that is what makes her relatable. I am sure we can identify aspects of ourselves in all of the characters of the play, whether these are characteristics we would like to admit we have or not. We hope you are having as much fun watching the show as we are on stage. 

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Charles ... played by Stewart Granger

After seeing The Drowsy Chaperone at the Capitol in my new home town of Port Hope last season, I began to anticipate how I could participate is this lively crew that call themselves The Northumberland Players! I was impressed by the caliber of this production and by the joy and love that emanated from the stage. 

Well, I kept checking the audition space and lo and behold, Blithe Spirit. "Yum!!" I thought to myself, "There's the play for me." For years, doing shows around Manitoba and then Ontario, there was a common theme, "You ought to play Noel Coward." 

Beyond singing Mr. Coward's songs, mostly to my dogs at home but occasionally to friends and strangers, I got a chance to play in Private Lives and jumped into the role of Elyot Chase with Markham Little Theatre. 

Community theatre is a great place to connect with people on many levels and I have been having a frightully good time doing just that with all of you. Yes. You see we've just connected by the nature of the words here on this site. See you in the theatre soon.

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Doctor Bradman ... played by Garret Lee

Garret is excited to begin the new season with The Northumberland Players playing Dr.Bradman. He has been busy recently playing roles such as Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Hannay in The 39 Steps and several roles in A Miracle on 34th Street. He has had a blast working with the incredible talent in Blithe Spirit and he’s sure you’ll enjoy.

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Mrs. Bradman ... played by Francine Bélanger

Francine is thrilled to be part of the talented and dedicated team working on the production of Blithe Spirit. It is her fourth appearance on stage with the Northumberland Players and she is grateful for the opportunity. In addition to her love of the theatre, Francine is a voice artist, workshop leader, yoga instructor, life coach and avid gardener.

Francine is a fan of this particular Noel Coward play and has seen it numerous times. When she heard that the Players were doing it, she absolutely wanted to be a part of it. Francine considers it one of the funniest plays around.

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Madame Arcati ... played by Heather Stubbs

Heather is a musician – singer and pianist – a role she has done both professionally and in community theatre. She sings with Oriana Singers, and is the accompanist for the children’s music education program, SONG. For Northumberland Players she was rehearsal pianist for Les Misérables and Secret Garden, and played the role of Mother Superior in Sister Act. She jumped at the opportunity to audition for Madame Arcati. Here was a chance to show that she can act as well as make music. And what a juicy part!

Heather loves Madame Arcati! The character is a complete eccentric, wildly colourful, who doesn’t give a hoot about what other people think of her. She is totally committed to what she believes in. While Heather is a naturally enthusiastic person, she finds it a delightful challenge to portray such an utterly uninhibited woman. She’s hoping that some of Madame Arcati’s complete self confidence will stick with her after the play is over.

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Elvira ... played by Catherine Martin

Catherine is excited to be returning for a fifth year with the Northumberland Players! She enjoys being involved in every aspect of theatre, from performing on stage, to greeting visitors, to watching from the audience. Her first taste of theatre began with Shakespeare’s works, and she has recently been expanding her repertoire to include period pieces from the early 1900s.

Catherine’s character, Elvira, is a witty, outgoing, passionate woman. She craves love and affection, and her strong desires can sometimes carry her away. Catherine welcomes the chance to perform as Elvira because, although Elvira’s actions are sometimes immoral, her character shows how deeply a strong love can impact your life – and life thereafter…

Production Team

 

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Maureen Holloway, Producer

Maureen Holloway has been involved with Northumberland Players for 12 years in a variety of roles. She started as costume designer for Steel Magnolias (6 women, 4 scenes at 6 month intervals!). She moved on to her favourite job, stage management, for several years. She had a walk-on role as "old lady" in Macbeth (type-casting?). She dabbled in sound operating and set design at the Firehall .

Maureen has switched to producing lately, with a special love for Shakespeare when she worked with Paula Worley, the "expert". Blithe Spirit is her 6th collaboration with Paula, and the first comedy.

Maureen feels that she could be the poster girl for Northumberland Players offering opportunities for the community to participate in quality theatre. Really, you can try anything if you are willing.

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Paula Worley, Director

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Claudia van der Meulen, Stage Manager

Claudia is absolutely thrilled to be a part of this wonderful production of Blithe Spirit. You might remember her as Gabrielle in Les Belles Soeurs. Stage manager is a new role for her, and she has enjoyed learning more about the behind-the-scenes activities involved in a NP production. Claudia’s other passions include her family, teaching young children, golfing, curling, playing hockey, knitting socks, reading… She has thoroughly enjoyed working with this group of talented people.