Time & Location
Fredericton, NB, Canada
About the Event
Branch Out Productions is excited to be launching their 2021/22 season with Noel Coward's classic farce BLITHE SPIRIT.
Auditions will run June 24th, and are available by appointment only. Auditions are open to adults who believe they meet the casting requirements outlined below.
The show will rehearse Thursday evenings for the summer Rehearsals will move to Monday & Wednesday evenings beginning in September. Blithe Spirit will play Oct 14-16 2021.
Auditionees will be asked to prepare a Comedic Monologue (max 1 minute) and may be given a reading from the show at their audition. Auditions can be booked by completing the audition form found here:
One of the most loved comedies of the West End and Broadway stage. Blithe Spirit is a comic play by Noël Coward. The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. Charles, his second wife, the sophisticated socialite, Edith and their friends Dr and Mrs Bradman plan for an entertaining evening playing along with Madame Arcati. Their scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira - who is only seen by Charles.
Is Elvira here to stay or does Madame Arcati have the power to send her back before trouble brews between Charles and his wives?
CAST NEEDS *PEOPLE OF ALL ETHNICITIES, GENDERS and ABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO AUDITION*
Charles Condomine (M, 30-50) – A confident English novelist working on a new supernatural thriller. He is intelligent, articulate, and debonair, but tends to let his wives call the shots. Charles invites Madame Arcati to his home for dinner and a séance – we see Charles go from skeptic to believer when he sees and hears the ghost of his deceased ex-wife Elvira. Actor must be comfortable with physical comedy, well-spoken, and able to portray the flamboyant comedy of Noel Coward.
Ruth Condomine (F, 30-50) – Charles’ second and current wife – she is a sharp and sophisticated, but predictable socialite. When the ghost of Elvira appears, Ruth, unable to see her, grows concerned for Charles’ mental well-being and does everything in her power to try to make him “normal” again.
Elvira (F, 25-40) – The ghost of Charles’ first wife. Elvira was bright, spirited, and carefree prior to her death – in the afterlife, her attitude has not changed. Only Charles can see and hear Elvira when she is brought back to the physical realm after Madame Arcati’s séance – she still loves Charles in some way, but is more interested in making Ruth jealous.
Edith (F, 20+) – The Condomines’ new maid – she is a hard worker focused on making a great impression on Charles and his guests, but is always in a hurry. Could Edith be the answer to everyone's problems? Actor should be very comfortable with physical comedy.
Madame Arcati (F, 40+) – An eccentric, boisterous clairvoyant hired by Charles to provide research for his newest supernatural thriller. Her spiritual gifts are legitimate, but she unknowingly invites the spirit of Charles’ deceased wife Elvira into the Condomines’ home. Actor should be very comfortable with physical comedy.
Dr. Bradman (M, 30-60) – A friend of the Condomines, Dr. Bradman accepts the invitation for he and his wife to attend dinner and the séance with Madame Arcati. He is a complete skeptic and does not believe in spiritualism, but wants to support his friend Charles’ newest endeavor.
Mrs. Bradman (F. 30-60) – The naïve wife of Dr. Bradman – unlike him, she is fascinated by Madame Arcati and the events of the evening.
BOP Closely follows the Province of NB's COVID safety regulations.
We hope to see you at auditions! Please contact Artistic Director Ben Harrison (email@example.com) with any questions