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Mouse River Players act out seance in comedy ‘Blithe Spirit’

Submitted Photo The Mouse River Players rehearse a scene from "Blithe Spirit" in full costume on Tuesday evening.

The Mouse River Players will be performing the comedy “Blithe Spirit” Friday through Sunday and March 20-22. The performances on Fridays and Saturdays begin at 7:30 p.m., with the box office opening at 6:30 p.m. and theater doors opening at 7. Sunday performances will start at 2 p.m., with the box office opening at 1 p.m. and theater doors opening at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets to attend are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, military and students, and $10 for children 12 and under.

The play is open to all ages. Before and during intermission, beer and wine will be available for those who are 21 and older. Their normal concessions will also be open for everyone.

“Blithe Spirit” was written by Noel Coward and first performed in 1941. It is about Charles Candomine, an author who writes mystery novels, and he invites Madam Arcati to his home to perform a seance. His hope was to get new material for a novel he is working on. As a result of his foolishness, the medium brings back the ghost of his nagging first wife, Elvira.

During the seance, Candomine’s second wife, Ruth, is sitting next to him. The entire time that Elvira is making snide remarks about Ruth, the second wife cannot hear anything the ghost is saying. To make a line of communication, Candomine plays the middle man and tells Ruth what Elvira is saying.

The two wives bicker back and forth for most of the play. They are constantly trying to one-up each other, using their sharp tongues to poke fun and spite.

Tim Knickerbocker, the director of the play, said from start to finish, the play is about two-and-a-half hours. He described it as “fast-paced, full of wit and you really have to pay attention, otherwise you might miss something.”

Knickerbocker said the cast has worked very hard and is very excited to put it on for the community. All of the actors and actresses are returning to the Mouse River Players stage.

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