The ghost of ‘Elvira’ at Woodstock Opera House Nov. 2-18

Staff Report

WOODSTOCK, Ill. — Noël Coward’s witty dialogue, a séance that has an unexpected result, and a ghost named Elvira all come together in Blithe Spirit, the next Woodstock Opera House production from TownSquare Players (TSP), McHenry County’s oldest community theater group.

Director Frank Del Giudice of Elgin, Ill., is leading the cast in this play, which set a record in London in the 1940s for the largest number of performances of a non-musical British play: 1,997.

Blithe Spirit tells the story of socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who wants to gather material for his next book. He invites an eccentric medium and clairvoyant to his home to conduct a séance, but something goes wrong: could it be the ghost of his beautiful, but temperamental, first wife, Elvira? After all, she’s none too happy that he’s remarried, and having wives in this life and the afterlife turns out to be a recipe for disaster, romance and laughter.

Kelly Waterman of Richmond, Ill., is producing the show for TSP, which features a talented cast of northern Illinois/southern Wisconsin actors, including Beth Quigley (Madame Arcati), Bartlett, Ill.; Scott Neidl (Charles), Carol Stream, Ill.; Shaelyn Grey (Mrs. Bradman), Delavan, Wis.; Jessica Smith (Edith), Lake Villa, Ill.; Carrie MacDonald (Ruth), McHenry, Ill.; and Paul Lockwood (Dr. Bradman) and Katelin Stack (Elvira), both of Woodstock, Ill.

Other staff members include Ashley Brown, stage manager; Richard Arnold, set design/set dresser; James Lundstrom, sound designer and sound technician; Victoria Harrison, props manager; Timothy R. Curtis, tech assistant and stage crew; David Baker, set construction, lighting designer, technical coordinator; and Kat’s Kloset, costume coordination.

Performances of the comedy are scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m., Nov. 2-18. To purchase tickets, go to, call the Woodstock Opera House box office at (815) 338-5300, or visit the box office. Group discounts are available.

Posted Oct. 31, 2012

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