Posted by Katie Danner
Blithe Spirit is one of my favorite plays of all time. It is also one of the most produced plays ever, and there is a good reason for that … it is awesome. Noël Coward got the title of the play from Percy Shelley’s poem “To a Skylark.” “Hail to thee, blithe Spirit! Bird thou never wert.” The play was first seen in the West End in 1941, creating a new long-run record for non-musical British plays of 1,997 performances. It also did well on Broadway later that year, running for 657 performances. Coward adapted the play for film in 1945, and directed a musical adaptation, High Spirits, on Broadway in 1964. It was also adapted for television and radio in the 1950s and 1960s. The play enjoyed several West End and Broadway revivals in the 1970s and 1980s and was revived again in London in 2004, 2011, and 2014. It returned to Broadway in February 2009.
We hope you enjoy this classic comedy, and that it raises your spirits!
Thank you to everyone that supports WCT! All of our volunteers help us out in any number of ways by acting, ushering, serving on the board of directors, providing maintenance or office support, or working on sets, costumes, props. Our patrons come to WCT see quality live entertainment, the fruits of our volunteers’ labor. Our donors help keep us financially sound by their gifts to the Annual Operating Fund, the Endowment Fund, or by including us in their planned giving.
The generosity of the Waukesha community astounds me, and I truly appreciate all the time, talent, and money that you give to WCT.
One way, and arguably the best way, to support WCT is to spread the word about Waukesha’s best kept secret. It always amazes me when I meet someone in Waukesha who has no idea what a fantastic organization we have right here in the heart of the community. Tell people about what we do and all we offer.
Enrich. Challenge. Entertain.
That says it all, so keep watching, keep participating with, and keep supporting this cultural cornerstone. We couldn’t do it without you.
Managing Artistic Director
Tags: 2016-2017, 60th season, Annual Operating Fund, Blithe Spirit, British theatre, Broadway, Carol Dolphin, challenge, Cindy Velcheck, comedy, cultural cornerstone, Endowment Fund, enrich, entertain, Jeff Smerz, John Cramer, Keith Handy, MAD Corner, Noel Coward, Pam Seccombe, Percy Shelley, planned giving, Scott Fudali, Scott Prox, Sharon Sohner, volunteers, West End