AUDITIONS!

San Leandro Players is excited to announce auditions for our Spring 2023 production of "Blithe Spirit" a classic comedy by Noel Coward; directed by Dana Fry.

"Blithe Spirit" a comedy by Noel Coward, is described by the author as "an improbable farce in three acts."  Socialite and novelist Charles Condomine invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a seance, hoping to gather material for his next book.  The scheme backfires when the seance conjures up the ghost of his willful and temperamental first wife, Elvira.  Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles' marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.

 

When:

7pm Tuesday, January 10 and Wednesday, January 11, 2023 (January 12 callbacks, if necessary). No appointment necessary—if interested, please contact Dana Fry at danabegood@yahoo.com

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Non-AEA, no pay; all ethnicities and ages encouraged. Please Note: Auditions, rehearsals and performances will observe CDC, Alameda County and City of San Leandro COVID safety protocols (PROOF OF VACCINATION REQUIRED, MASKING required except when performing on stage).

 

Where:

At the San Leandro Museum/Auditorium 320 West Estudillo Ave, San Leandro (next to the historic Casa Peralta and 2 blocks east of the San Leandro BART Station).

 

Rehearsals:

From January 16 to March 2 (Monday thru Thursday 7-9 pm), plus March 3 (dress rehearsal)

 

Performances:

March 4 thru April 2; Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm PLUS Fridays at 8pm March 24 and March 31.

 

"Blithe Spirit" is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

 

For More Information visit our website www.slplayers.org.

 

Characters:

Charles Condomine (30's/40's):  A bright, sophisticated, articulate and debonair novelist, he is somewhat at the mercy of his wives, past and present.  His interest in spiritualism as a subject for a novel leads Charles to ask Madam Arcati to a dinner and seance. He is skepticalk but becomes a believer when the ghost of his first wife appears--and stays.

 

Ruth Condomine (30's/40's):  Charles' second wife is, like her husband, 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, and acts as a concerned wife, trying to restore Charles to normalcy.

 

Elvira Condomine (30's/40's):  is the ghost of Charles' first wife.  Only Charles can see and hear her.  In life, Elvira was spirited, outgoing, wild and carefree.  In death, she is no different; she socializes with Genghis Khan.  She does love Charles, if somewhat casually, and is jealous of Ruth.

 

Madam Arcati (40+):  is a local spiritualist and medium.  She comes into then play talking to an 8-year-old contact from 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.

 

Dr. George Bradman (40+):  is a good friend of the Condomines who is invited to dinner and the seance.  He is entirely skeptical of anything to do with the occult but tries his utmost to go along with the proceedings for the sake of Charles' research.

 

Violet Bradman (40+):  Dr. Bradman's wife.  Simple and naive, she is quite excited about being in the presence of the medium, whom she finds fascinating.

 

Edith (20's):  the Condomine's new maid.  She is nervous and tears around at breakneck speed trying to do things right and make a good impression.