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'Blithe Spirit': Comedy opens tonight on The Little Theatre stage In New London

Erica Dischino / Tribune Cast members perform a séance during a dress rehearsal of "Blithe Spirit" at The Little Theatre in New London. 1 / 5
Erica Dischino / Tribune Charles Condomine, played by Ben Watson, pours a martini for his wife, Ruth Condomine, played by Cassidy Hansen, during a dress rehearsal of "Blithe Spirit" at The Little Theatre in New London. 2 / 5
Erica Dischino / Tribune Ruth Condomine, played by Cassidy Hansen, takes a sip of her martini during a dress rehearsal of "Blithe Spirit."3 / 5
Erica Dischino / Tribune Ruth Condomine, played by Cassidy Hansen, reacts to a comment her husband, Charles Condomine, played by Ben Watson, made during a dress rehearsal of "Blithe Spirit" at The Little Theatre in New London. 4 / 5
Erica Dischino / Tribune Charles Condomine, played by Ben Watson, from left, Madame Arcati, played by Deb Nelson, Dr. Georgina Bradman, played by Kristi Oberdieck, and Georgina’s mother, Violet Bradman, played by Denise Deener engage in conversation during a dress rehearsal of "Blithe Spirit."5 / 5

NEW LONDON — The Little Theatre presents "Blithe Spirit," a comedy in three acts by Noël Coward, at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and Feb. 8-10, and at 2 p.m. Feb. 11.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under, and are available online at www.newlondonlittletheatre.com.

Socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, played by Ben Watson, invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant Madame Arcati, played by Deb Nelson, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book.

The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, played by Michaela Bengtson, after the séance.

Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles' marriage to his second wife, Ruth, played by Cassidy Hansen, who cannot see or hear the ghost.

Other cast members include Kristi Oberdieck, Denise Deener and Lisa Savoie.

The play is directed by Thomas Rosengren.

Kayla Watson is the special effects stagehand.

Jacki Orson did the costumes.

Kameron Kemmerling is in charge of hair and makeup and Pam Johnson helped with wig styling.

The set was built by Butch and Cindy Rosengren, Kristi Oberdieck and Thomas Rosengren.

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