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Love and marriage devolve into laughter and mayhem in TNP’s ‘Blithe Spirit’


Noël Coward’s smash comedy hit Blithe Spirit plays in Blackburn Hall at The Naples Players September 28 through October 23. Don’t miss the production where love and marriage devolve into laughter and mayhem – and ‘Till Death Do Us Part’ no longer applies.

Charles Condomine (James Dugan) is a fussy, cantankerous skeptic. But his spiritual skepticism vanishes when the ghost of his deceased first wife, Elvira (Erica Jones), accidentally materializes—but only to him. Elvira’s still in love and wants Charles back, and she’s not about to let a little thing like death stand in her way!

Blithe Spirit has been one Noël Coward’s most enduring and reproduced works for a reason,” remarks Director Emma Canalese. “He wrote this wonderfully funny and silly play in the middle of World War II because he wanted to give the audience a chance to laugh and be swept away from the realities of the world for a few hours. It has stayed popular because we are all still romantics at heart but…be careful what you wish for because it might come at you with relentless and unstoppable force!”

“I really wanted to do this show from the first I heard it was a choice for the season, adds Scenic Designer Todd Potter. “I enjoy collaborating with Emma (Canalese). She inspires me to look at the ‘not so obvious’ visual choices to set the stage. I need that as a Scenic Designer.  I am always in a quest for knowledge or new ways to view our world.”

Joining Canalese and Potter on the production side are Lighting Designer Andrew Vance, Sound Designer Sean McGinley, Costume Designer Mollie LaTorre, and Stage Manager Jules Branche.  Joining Duggan and Jones in an all-star ensemble are Kathleen Barney, Karl Chery, Shelley Gothard, Esther Snyder and Jessica Walck.

A Red Carpet event open to the public is slated for Wednesday, September 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and features local vendors, food, drinks, and live music from the band Chariot.

Go here for play dates, times and ticket information.

September 12, 2022.


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