George Fox’s theatre department presents ‘Blithe Spirit’ as fall comedy

October 10th, 2016

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Shows scheduled Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 27-30 in school’s Wood-Mar Auditorium

NEWBERG, Ore. – George Fox University’s theatre department will present a lighthearted comedy that has fun with the foibles of the English upper class in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, set to take the university’s stage in late October.

Directed by guest director Jacob Coleman, a performer, teacher and founding member of the Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble, the production will be presented Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 20-22, and again Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 27-30, in the university’s Wood-Mar Auditorium. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday, Oct. 30, performance, scheduled as a 2 p.m. matinee.

Tickets – $12 for general admission, $8 for seniors and George Fox alumni, and $6 for students and children under 12 – can be purchased online at Tickets are also available for purchase in the university’s box office, located in the Bruin Store, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, or in the lobby box office one hour prior to each production.

In the play, Charles Condomine invites Madame Arcati to perform a séance as an evening entertainment for a dinner party when he suddenly finds himself face-to-face with his deceased wife, Elvira … much to the chagrin of his current spouse, Ruth. Mayhem ensues when Ruth is accidentally killed and united with Elvira on the “other side.” Together, the two blithe spirits haunt their hapless husband with hilarious consequences.

“In Blithe Spirit, Coward shows us the full spectrum of human experience through laughter: the knowing chuckle, the neurotic titter, the gut-busting guffaw, and the cruel cackle,” Coleman said of the play. “He invites us to laugh joyfully at the beauty and the absurdity of these poor, familiar human beings as they stumble through darkness and death, love and loss.”

The cast includes Sarah Aldrich (“Edith”), a junior theatre major from Mulino, Ore.; Nathanael Ayers (“Dr. Bradman”), a senior theatre major from Loomis, Calif.; Rebecca Miles (“Madame Marcati”), a junior from Roseburg, Ore.; Olivia Stuart (“Mrs. Bradman”), a sophomore double major in psychology and theatre from Portland, Ore.; Hannah Strawn (“Elvira”), a sophomore double major in psychology and theatre from Boise, Idaho; Josiah Thurston (“Charles”), a senior history major from St. Helens, Ore.; and Lauren Vander Aarde (“Ruth”), a sophomore theatre and history double major from Vancouver, Wash.

The George Fox University theatre department has been recognized by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. with awards for individual acting, set design, and overall production.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Rhett Luedtke
Professor of Theatre, George Fox University

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