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Actors Required for Stage Production of Blithe Spirit

Actors Required for Stage Production of Blithe Spirit

Queensland, Australia

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The Ipswich Little Theatre Society and the Walter Burley Griffin Incinerator Theatre have been a formidable partnership in Performing Arts in Ipswich for over 40 years. The Society has been in existence since 1946.

The first production of 2020 will be Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward and directed by Kate Mallory.

Synopsis:

Blithe Spirit is set at the house of writer, Charles Condomine, and his wife, Ruth. One evening, Charles invites local eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his house.

He asks along his friends, Dr. and Mrs. Bradman, intending to gather character inspiration from Madame Arcati for his latest book. Despite initially thinking the séance has been a failure, it soon becomes clear that Madame Arcati has unwittingly brought back Charles’ first wife, Elvira, to haunt him.

Once in his house, Elvira is unable to leave and, as she cannot be seen or heard by Ruth, she causes all kinds of mischievous trouble between the married couple. When Elvira unwittingly causes Ruth’s death in her attempts to bring Charles over to be with her, Charles becomes haunted by both of his now-deceased wives.

Frustrated by their odd situation, the threesome call on Madame Arcati once more to send Elvira and Ruth back to the other side. Intensely funny and character-driven, Blithe Spirit combines farce, emotion, and wit to great effect.

This production calls for actors with great comic timing who can be adept with witty fast-paced UK dialogue and physical comedy. This will be an ensemble production and the emphasis will be on working well together. Most characters have middle to upper-class British accents, although Edith’s accent is more ‘regional/cockney’. Age ranges listed are approximate as character relationships and dynamics need to be believable.

Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates

Auditions will be held on Wednesday the 13th of November 2020 at 7:30pm.

The season will run from 27 February to 14 March 2020 with 2 Matinees on 01 March and 08 March. Rehearsal times and days will be negotiated based on cast availability.

Job payment

This job is unpaid


Edith

Edith is the Condomine’s new maid. She is nervous and tears around at breakneck speed trying to do things right and make a good impression.

Female, aged 18 to 25

  • Accents: UK Cockney

Applications closed 13 November 2019.

Charles Condomine

Charles is a novelist. He is bright, sophisticated, articulate, and debonair but somewhat at the mercy of his wives, past and present. His interest in spiritualism as a subject for a novel leads Charles to ask Madame Arcati to dinner and a séance. He is skeptical but becomes a believer when the ghost of his first wife appears—and stays.

Male, aged 30 to 50

Applications closed 13 November 2019.

Ruth Condomine

Ruth is Charles’s second wife. Like her husband, Ruth is witty and sophisticated, and she is quite the society matron. Ruth is a bit stuffy and a little predictable. She is convinced that Charles has lost his mind when Elvira appears. Ruth acts as a concerned wife, trying to restore Charles to normalcy.

Female, aged 30 to 50

Applications closed 13 November 2019.

Doctor Bradman

Doctor Bradman is a good friend of the Condomines who is invited to dinner and the séance. He is entirely sceptical of anything to do with the occult but tries his utmost to go along with the proceedings for the sake of Charles’ research.

Male, aged 50 to 70

Applications closed 13 November 2019.

Mrs Bradman

Mrs Bradman is Doctor Bradman’s wife. Simple and naïve, she is quite excited about being in the presence of the medium, whom she finds fascinating.

Female, aged 50 to 70

Applications closed 13 November 2019.

Madame Arcati

Madame Arcati, the local spiritualist and medium. An older woman but still spry, Madame Arcati comes into the play talking to an eight-year-old contact on the other side. She truly is in contact with the other world and inadvertently is the “medium” through which Elvira is called back to this one. She is eccentric, effusive and boisterous.

Female, aged 50 and over

Applications closed 13 November 2019.

Elvira

Elvira is the ghost of Charles’s first wife. Only Charles can see or hear her. In life, Elvira was spirited, outgoing, wild, and carefree. In death, she is no different. She does love Charles, if somewhat casually, and is jealous of Ruth.

Female, aged 20 to 40

Applications closed 13 November 2019.

Madame Arcati

**This role has been opened up to men to audition as well. A second role listing has been added to accommodate. Madame Arcati, the local spiritualist and medium. An older woman but still spry, Madame Arcati comes into the play talking to an eight-year-old contact on the other side. She truly is in contact with the other world and inadvertently is the “medium” through which Elvira is called back to this one. She is eccentric, effusive and boisterous.

Male, aged 18 and over

Applications closed 13 November 2019.

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Listing created: 7 October 2019
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