Noël Coward farce gets the Cardinal treatment

Students had the opportunity to see the SVSU Theatre Department’s latest production “Blithe Spirit” before heading home for Thanksgiving break.

The production took place in The Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts from Nov. 19 to Nov. 23.

Originally written by Noël Coward, “Blithe Spirit” is regarded as a seminal classic.

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The cast of the SVSU Theatre Department’s production of “Blithe Spirit” performed five shows last week from Nov. 19 to Nov. 23 in the Malcolm Field Theatre. The play was directed by theatre professor Ric Roberts, and featured performances by SVSU students.

Director Ric Roberts tries to cover the entire spectrum of genres for his productions over four year spans. Genres in the cycle include comedy, drama, farce, musical, classical and children’s theatre. “Blithe Spirit” is categorized as a farce production.

Roberts also believed timing for the production was strong, with “Blithe Spirit“ recently becoming revived on Broadway, while making its way to London.

“Blithe Spirit” centers around a novelist named Charles Condomine, who invites a medium into his house named Madame Arcati to conduct a séance in attempts of gaining material for his next book. As a result of the séance, Charles is haunted by his first wife Elvira, who Charles’s current wife, Ruth, is continually unable to see.

Only two lines were changed from the original production of “Blithe Spirit” to SVSU’s version. Roberts enjoys the interactions between characters throughout the duration of the university’s version.

“I thought the scenes between Charles (Isaac Wood) and Elvira (Cassidy Morey) were especially strong. They have a very unique chemistry as actors,” Roberts said.

Theatre senior Cassidy Morey also enjoyed the interactions between herself and Wood throughout the production.

“Noël Coward wrote a fantastic script with witty, spitfire dialogue; especially between the characters of Charles and Elvira,” Morey said. “The characters had such a comical relationship and it was a blast bringing that to the stage.”

Morey believes that the five days of “Blithe Spirit” brought a good turnout at SVSU.

“For each show, we had a wonderful audience that seemed to just sit back and enjoy the show,” Morey said. “Overall, I thought the production went very well.”

Roberts is thankful for both the performance his students brought forth, and the support received from individuals who were in attendance for “Blithe Spirit.”

“It is a tough style to master, and I think our students both on-stage and off-stage did an excellent job,” Roberts said. “We appreciate the patronage from all across campus; students, faculty, staff and administration alike.”

The next event from the theatre department with be “A Christmas Carol: A 1940’s Radio Show,” which will be at the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts starting Wednesday, Dec. 3. More information can be obtained at

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