WOODLAND — Love Street Playhouse commences the second half of its 2016 season with Noel Coward’s comedy, Blithe Spirit.
The production will be performed in the company’s quaint and intimate home of Love Street Playhouse, 126 Loves Ave, Woodland, Oct. 7–30.
Love Street’s production of Blithe Spirit is a comic classic. After a “spirited” séance goes decidedly wrong, the cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine (played by Vancouver actor Jason England) suddenly finds himself face to face with the ghost of his deceased wife, Elvira (played by Rebecca Ovall of Vancouver) … much to the chagrin of his current spouse, Ruth (played by Alicia Turvin of Vancouver).
Love and marriage devolve into laughter and mayhem when Ruth is accidentally killed and united with Elvira on the “other side.” Together the paranormal pair of blithe spirits haunt their hapless husband with hilarious consequences.
Dorinda Toner of Vancouver directs the cast of veteran actors at Love Street Playhouse. Most recently she directed The Heidi Chronicles at Hillsboro Artists’ Regional Theatre and is currently the Artistic Director for Twilight Theatre in Portland, Ore. Toner has directed dozens of plays and has won several awards for her work. Spamalot! at HART, for which she was Director and Musical Director, recently won the Applause NW Ovation Award for Favorite Regional Theater Show of the Year (2015). Other shows previously directed near and dear to her heart are: Becky’s New Car, Family Hardware, Wit (Winner – Slocum House Theater Best Show 2009), The Curious Savage, Pride & Prejudice, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Laramie Project, and Every Christmas Story Ever Told, And Then Some.
The cast stars Jason England (Charles Condomine), Alicia Turvin (Ruth), Rebecca Ovall (Elvira), Tony Bump (Madam Arcati), David Roberts (Dr. Bradman), Rosina Grove (Mrs. Bradman) and Kaylen Ostrom (Edith the maid).
The artistic team includes owner and artistic director Melinda Pallotta (formerly Melinda Leuthold, producer and costume designer), Dorinda Toner (director), Lou Pallotta (set designer) and Robert Pallotta (lighting designer).
“We are so excited to bring Blithe Spirit to our Love Street stage this October,” says Melinda Pallotta. “We are known for presenting murders and mysteries during the fall, but this year we’ve mixed it with ghostly fun. We know our audiences are going to love this production,”.
Performances of Blithe Spirit will take place at Love Street Playhouse located at 126 Loves Ave, Woodland, from Oct. 7-30. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Thursday (10/27) at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15-$18 in advance when you choose your seats online by visiting the theatre’s website at www.lovestreetplayhouse.com or by calling (360)907-9996.
Local business sponsors and advertisers contributing to the Love Street Playhouse include the Port of Woodland, Columbia Bank, Woodland Truck Line, Lou Pallotta of Chianti Club Productions, S & V Tax Service in Longview, Columbia River Carbonates of Woodland, Lee and Tim Welch of Woodland on behalf of the Woodland Pool Committee, Vivian Mosby of Woodland, Erica Rodman of Woodland Real Estate, Business Cents NW, Inc. in Vancouver, America’s Family Diner in Woodland, New Phoenix and Last Frontier Casinos in La Center and Holland America Flower Gardens in Woodland.