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RMC students’ performance of Blithe Spirit set for Jan 23-24 and 29-31 

BILLINGS, January 15, 2015 – Rocky Mountain College's theatre performance of Blithe Spirit will be held on January 23-24 and 29-31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Billings Studio Theater. 

Blithe Spirit is a comic play written by Noël Coward in the early 1940s. The play revolves around a socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites a medium and clairvoyant Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance to get material for his next book. During the séance, Madame Arcati unwittingly summons the ghost of Charles’ dead wife, Elvira. Elvira begins to haunt Charles, with continual attempts to disrupt Charles’ marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who is unable to see or hear the ghost. 

“Throughout the years, I have admired the works of Noël Coward immensely, but in particular the delightful quirkiness of Blithe Spirit,” said RMC Professor of Theatre Arts Gerry Roe.

“For me, the play raises several questions, not the least of which evokes the query, ‘What comprises the inherent nature of the oh-so-human spirit, and is it so abruptly snuffed with the immediacy of death – can there be something else, something forthcoming?’,” said Roe. In the play Blithe Spirit, the resounding answer is, “Yes!”

This theatre production will also fulfill senior projects for three students: Brodrick Cornett (playing the character of Charles), Kassidy Miller (Elvira), and Teresa Sarkela (scene design).

“Senior projects are kind of the ‘capstone’ to a theatre degree,” said Sarkela. She explained that performance majors, including Cornett and Miller, are expected to fulfill the portrayal of a primary character in a production and synthesize what they have learned in class and onstage from their years in the program.

“For me, as a technical theatre major, the senior project is geared toward undergoing the ‘process of design’ based on what we have learned in and out of the classroom, including script analysis, conducting research, creating a world with the director, drafting and measuring the stage, and building and realizing the set,” explained Sarkela.

“Directing this pearl of beauty has been a personal honor and a long-awaited dream," said Roe. I can’t believe I’ve waited this long – saving the best for last perhaps.” This will be Roe’s last performance with RMC, as he is retiring after 45 years as an educator of higher learning and directing over 250 productions. “I’m finally graduating,” he said.

“Theatre has always played the major role in my life – a life within which I was able to live my dream and, in having done so, impart as much of that dream to so many others who both listened and cared.” Roe added that his motto has always been, “If I can make a difference in the life of one student, I have succeeded today!”

Tickets for Blithe Spirit are $10 for adults, $8 for 55+ and non-RMC students, and $6 for the RMC community.