WWU Theatre to Perform ‘Blithe Spirit’

The William Woods University Theatre Department will present the comedy “Blithe Spirit” Dec. 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. in Dulany Auditorium.


A smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of “Private Lives” offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine (played by Cody Olendorff of Pacific, Mo).


Charles is re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira (played by Taryn Watts of Nixa, Mo.), who is called up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati (played by Kayla Jo Pulliam of Bloomington, Ill.).


As the (worldly and un-worldly) personalities clash, Charles’ current wife, Ruth (played by Rachel Petricka of Las Vegas, Nev.), is accidentally killed, “passes over” and joins Elvira. The two “blithe spirits” haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.


This production will be directed by Melissa Alpers-Springer, WWU assistant professor of communications. Guest artist Dan Springer will design the set and lights, and Jane Friedman will provide costume design.


Ticket prices are $9 for adults; $7 for senior citizens (62 and up); $6 for students, staff and faculty, and $5 for children between the ages of 6 and 12. No children under 6 are allowed. For tickets, call (573) 592-4267. Box office hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.