Wendy Lanchier as Elvira and Patrick MacDonald as Charles in the LALT production of ‘Blythe Spirit’. Courtesy/LALT
The Los Alamos Little Theatre’s (LALT) May production is the classic comedy, “Blithe Spirit” written by Noël Coward and first performed on London’s West End in 1941.
Performances are Friday and Saturday, May 13, 14 (curtain at 7:30 p.m.), Sunday May 15 (curtain at 2 p.m.) Thursday May 19, Friday May 20 and Saturday May 21 (curtain at 7:30).
It is the story of writer Charles Condomine who is doing background research for a new mystery novel. He and his wife invite a local medium to lead an after-dinner séance. The séance has unforeseen consequences, as the dinner party is joined by an unexpected guest. The play is aptly subtitled “An Improbable Comedy”.
The cast includes Patrick MacDonald (Charles Condomine), Elizabeth Kallman (Ruth Condomine), Wendy Caldwell Lanchier (Elvira Condomine, deceased), Terry Beery (Madam Arcati), Pat Beck (Violet Bradman), Tomás Farish (George Bradman) and Gloria Galassi (Edith).
“The show is lighthearted with an underlying darkness. The audience will like the lighting and special effects, not to mention the great acting,” veteran director Gwen Lewis said. “The cast has worked hard to be witty, snarky and real.”
Please note that the special effects include some lights that flash. Anyone with any concerns about this should contact the director or producer prior to the show.
“Audiences will love the hilarity resulting from miscommunications, as well as the excellent cast – vets and newbies – our director has assembled,” said Pat Beck, who plays Violet Bradman.
She advises audience members to, “be prepared to have your arrogant expectations crumble when confronted with an alternate ‘reality’”.
Wendy Caldwell Lanchier said, “Theatre is always a labor of love, and in the end, it’s always for an audience. What we put into the show is what you get out of it. It’s cathartic. If you’re in need of a laugh or a good cry, go to the theatre. Let us transport you to another place and time. You’ll have a blast!”
Tickets are available at the door or online at www.lalt.org.