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MBC Theatre Opens Season with “Blithe Spirit”

A novelist and his two wives, one alive, one a ghost.

A novelist and his two wives, one alive, one a ghost.

Mary Baldwin College Theatre opens its 2013–14 season with a production of Blithe Spirit, Noël Coward’s classic farce, directed by Terry Southerington, MBC professor of theatre.

Blithe Spirit is a comedy about a novelist with two wives — one alive and one dead — a delightfully eccentric psychic, and a séance gone awry. The London premier, which bolstered British morale at the height of World War II, ran for a record breaking 1,997 performances.

The Mary Baldwin cast includes undergraduate students Tiffany Waters as Elvira, Amy Verberg as Mrs. Bradman, Molly Chase as Edith, and graduate student Jordan Leigh Zwick as Ruth. Local veteran actors Ben Houseknecht and Mike Lafferty round out the production in the roles of Charles and Dr. Bradman.

Blithe Spirit runs Wednesday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. from October 2 to 6 in the Fletcher Collins Theatre, Deming Fine Arts Building.

Tickets for Blithe Spirit are available now at 540-887-7189 or www.mbc.edu/arts/theatre or in person at the Fletcher Collins Jr. Theatre box office, open 10 a.m. –5 p.m., Monday–Friday. Tickets are $7 for students, senior citizens, and MBC faculty and staff ($25 for full season tickets) and $12 for adults ($50 for full season tickets). The Fletcher Collins Theatre is located in Deming Hall, Mary Baldwin College, 301 Demming Drive, Staunton ,VA 24401.

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