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RACINE – The Racine Theatre Guild will hold open auditions at 7 p.m. May 7 and 8 for its upcoming production of Noel Coward’s comic play “Blithe Spirit.”

The play centers around natural cynic Charles, who invites self-proclaimed medium Madam Arcati to his home to conduct a seance to conjure his late wife, Elvira, much to the chagrin of his current wife. Elvira arrives and relentlessly haunts new wife Ruth to hilarious effect to drive her away from her widowed husband, as Ruth cannot see or hear the ghost.

The play premiered in the West End in London in 1941, where it achieved a long-run record for non-musical British plays, showing 1,997 performance. It debuted on Broadway later that year and Coward adapted the play for film starring Rex Harrison in 1945.

The troupe has roles available for five women: Edith, a novice, somewhat psychic but inept maid in her late teens/early 20s; Ruth, a witty but stuffy woman in her 30s; Mrs. Bradman, a simple, naive woman in her 50s to 60s; Madame Arcati, an eccentric and childlike medium over the age of 50 (role is very physical); and Elvira, a wild and carefree ghost in her 20s. Roles also are available for two men: Charles, a bright writer in his 40s, often held captive by the women in his life; and Dr. Bardman, a hardcore skeptic in his 50s to 60s.

All actors must be able to do a convincing British accent, with Edith having a Cockney accent.



Director Jennifer Sassaman will hold auditions in the Guild lobby at 2519 Northwestern Ave. No appointments are necessary. Auditions consist of a cold reading from the script. Individuals of all levels of experience are invited to audition.

Scripts may be checked out in advance from the box office with a $10 deposit, which will be refunded when the script is returned. The show will go into rehearsal in August and will be performed weekends from Sept. 14 to 30.

The Racine Theatre Guild’s next featured production will be “Sister Act,” based on the popular Whoopi Goldberg movie, running weekends from May 11 to 27.

For more information on auditions or upcoming productions, contact the Box Office at (262) 633-4218 or visit the group’s website.