Cast for Spring Comedy Announced! 

Southwest Playhouse is pleased to announce the cast for Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit. Blithe Spirit is set at the house of writer, Charles Condomine, and his wife, Ruth. One evening, Charles invites local eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his house. He asks along his friends, Dr. and Mrs. Bradman, intending to gather character inspiration from Madame Arcati for his latest book. Despite initially thinking the séance has been a failure, it soon becomes clear that Madame Arcati has unwittingly brought back Charles’ first wife, Elvira, to haunt him. Once in his house, Elvira is unable to leave and, as she cannot be seen or heard by Ruth, she causes all kinds of mischievous trouble between the married couple.

Charles Condomine is played by Marc Moyer. Marc, a resident of Elk City, is no stranger to the stage, having years of experience at both Red Carpet Community Theatre and Southwest Playhouse. He began his theatre career in 1994 at SWOSU’s Oil Science Building Theatre. He most recently played Uncle Billy in SWPH’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life, and may also be recognized in his roles as Captain Lombard in And Then There Were None, Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol, among many others.

Ruth Condomine is played by DiAnn McDown. DiAnn resides in Geary, Oklahoma, and teaches at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. DiAnn is another veteran of the stage, and most recently played Lydia in All My Sons in spring of 2016 and Charlotte in Moon Over Buffalo the year before.

Madame Arcati, a role made famous by the fabulous Angela Lansbury, is played by Christy Russell. Christy, a resident of Clinton, began her theatre career in 1989 with a show called Who’s on First at Red Carpet Community Theatre in Elk City. You will often hear Christy say that the theatre “is where my people are.” At SWPH, she most recently directed Sweeney Todd, and before that she played Truvy in Steel Magnolias.

Elvira, Charles’ first wife, is played by Lily Dowdy, a resident of Clinton. Lily has been involved in theatre since she was 6 years old. She most recently played Johanna in Sweeney Todd at SWPH, and has also had major roles in her homeschool group productions of Little Women and Pride and Prejudice.

Dr. Bradman is played by Carson Guthrie. Carson, a Clinton resident originally from Hobart, most recently played Luther Billis in South Pacific. Carson says that Blithe Spirit is his 16th production at SWPH, but it is the first time he has had to pull off a standard British dialect rather than a Cockney dialect. Carson will tell you he was born to entertain, and enjoys playing drums and making YouTube videos.

Mrs. Bradman is played by a new face in our theatre, Ashley Walkup. Ashley graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2011 with a degree in Broadcasting and Electronic Media. She has a passion for all forms of storytelling and has been eager to expand her experience in the arts.

Edith the maid is played by Angela Cantrell. Angela lives in Sentinel, Oklahoma, and Blithe Spirit is her third play at Southwest Playhouse. She previously played Smee and Nana in Peter Pan Jr. and a chorus member in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Angela is a veteran at Shortgrass Playhouse in Hobart, with multiple roles under her belt.

Blithe Spirit opens April 21 and runs the 21-23, 28, and 29. With only five opportunities to see this production, mark on your calendars that tickets will go on sale for Season Ticket Holders on April 17, and to the general public on April 18.