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Supernatural comedy sparkles with Kamloops talent

TOP LEFT PHOTO, LEFT TO RIGHT: Janet Michael, Krista Colosimo, Anita Wittenberg, Stephen Gartner, Christopher Weddell; RIGHT PHOTO: Kelsey Gilker; BOTTOM LEFT PHOTO: Anita Wittenberg and Shannon Currie; BOTTOM MIDDLE PHOTO: Janet Michael and Christopher Weddell;
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October 01, 2016 - 2:02 PM


KAMLOOPS - Up next at Western Canada Theatre is Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit, playing October 6 to 15 at Sagebrush Theatre. The first of three co-productions WCT has with Thousand Islands Playhouse this season, Blithe Spirit is fresh from its run in Ontario, where it received sparkling reviews from audiences and critics alike.

This is Coward’s smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages. When Charles’ invites eccentric Madame Arcati to perform a séance for his wife, Ruth, and friends Dr. and Mrs. Bradman as research for his book, Charles’ marriage is suddenly in jeopardy as the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, returns to haunt him. While Charles tries to get of the ghost, Elvira works hard to get rid of his new wife, played against a mixture of farce and impending tragedy.

While the all the cast was praised for “stellar performances” (Kingston Whig-Standard) in Ontario, Kamloops audiences will be particularly impressed with the depth of the local talent in the cast.

From Anita Wittenberg’s lauded performance in the pivotal role as Madame Arcadi to Christopher Weddell and Janet Michael as Dr. and Mrs. Bradman and Kelsey Gilker as the uptight servant, Edith, our Kamloops actors were applauded. And Kamloops audiences will be pleased to welcome back Krista Colosimo (Ruth) and Shannon Currie (Elvira), who have both performed in popular plays at WCT before. Krista performed in both Don’t Dress for Dinner and Boeing Boeing, and Shannon played Catherine in Waiting for the Parade. New to WCT’s stage is Stephen Gartner, who is playing the haunted Charles.

We are also pleased to welcome back Director Ashlie Corcoran (Don’t Dress For Dinner, Waiting for the Parade, Driving Miss Daisy, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Set and Costume Designer Dana Osborne (Boeing Boeing) and Lighting Designer Oz Weaver (Don’t Dress For Dinner). We welcome Christopher Stanton as the Composer and Sound Designer.

BLITHE SPIRIT. By Noël Coward. A co-production of Western Canada Theatre and Thousand Islands Playhouse, Ganonoque. October 6 to 15, 2016, Sagebrush  Theatre

Featuring: Krista Colosimo, Shannon Currie, Stephen Gartner, Kelsey Gilker, Janet Michael, Christopher Weddell, and Anita Wittenberg

Creative Team: Ashlie Corcoran (Director), Dana Osborne (Set & Costumer Designer), Oz Weaver (Lighting Designer), Christopher Stanton (Composer and Sound Designer),  Isabelle Ly (Stage Manager), Alison Deon (Dialect Coach), Jason Hall (Assistant Director), and Christine Leroux (Assistant Stage Manager).

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