29 July 2005

Supa Productions Inc - AUDITIONS - Noel Coward's - "Blithe Spirit"

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Supa productions Inc, one of Canberra’s mainstays in amateur musical theatre is taking steps to broaden its appeal to Canberra audiences. For the first time Supa Productions will be performing a non musical, Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” at Theatre 3 in October this year.

Supa’s president Garrick Smith said that, “the opportunity came about when we realised we couldn’t fully cast La Cage Aux Folles to give Canberra audiences the quality production that Supa has become known for. We had a commitment to our members for two shows a year and there was not time to prepare a new musical.”

Garrick went on to say, “Supa has been discussing the options for putting on a non musical and so we grabbed the opportunity when it arose.”

This production is to be directed by Ron Dowd who has had some 20 years experience in all aspects of amateur theatre and has had prior experience with Blithe Spirit. Ron said, “I was involved in a production of Blithe Spirit in 1993 and have wanted to do the show again. The situations that Coward develops in his play make for great comedy and the show has kept its appeal since the day it opened on Broadway.”

Auditions will be held for Blithe Spirit on Saturday 6th of August.

See Supa’s website www.supaproductionsinc.com for more information.

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Thanks for the invite Won, but about the only part I could play with any success nowadays is Hamlet’s “Ghost”! (Or at best, 3rd understudy to a decrepit, demented, wild white-bearded Lear…)
However, let us all at RiotACT know when opening night is – complimentaries all round!

Blithe Spirit, written by Coward in six days I might add, opened in London in 1941. It ran for almost 2000 performances.. All this smack bang in the middle of the Blitz. At the time (and maybe to this day) it remains one of his best works (although they played around with the ending in the film).

I mentioned Broadway simply because I thought of it first.

noooooo teurbo .. actually I was on stage in the old one (playing a younger DR bradman so dont let age put you off) and this time Im directing . . come along and give me a call and get yr butt to auditions 🙂

You’ve got me there, simto, it’s yonks since I read or saw it, and even longer since I did tread the boards. I’d trot along to the audition myself, were I not worried about Ron saying “I was involved in a production of Blithe Spirit in 1993 and have wanted to do the show again”.
-To get it right, this time?

Well, I’m not (there’s only two blokes in it, and I’m too ugly for the male lead, and too young for Dr. Bradman), but I’m not entirely sure about the comment “the show has kept its appeal since the day it opened on Broadway” – surely the play originally played in England? Which makes it very odd phrasing – surely it wasn’t unappealing until it opened on Broadway?

Disappointing to see no comments posted here.
I take it you’re all too busy learning your lines for Saturday’s audition?

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