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“Blithe Spirit” Set to Hit FHU Stage

Henderson, Tenn. - Apr 13, 2017

Freed-Hardeman University Theatre prepares for its next stellar show with a performance of "Blithe Spirit," a supernatural comedy of manners. The play will be April 20 - 22 and 27 - 29 in the backstage of Loyd Auditorium.

Set in the 1940s, the play focuses on Mr. and Mrs. Condomine, a couple who invites the mysterious Madame Arcati and a group of friends to their manor for a séance. Certain that she is a fraud, the guests are surprised when Arcati unwittingly summons the spirit of Mr. Condomine’s dead wife, Elvira. Hilarious chaos follows as the Condomines’ attempt to rid themselves of this ghostly presence. It is a comic play of supernatural surprises.

The “Blithe Spirit” cast brings back some FHU theatre veterans, along with some new faces to Freed-Hardeman’s stage: Carson Barker, a senior theatre major from Eustis, Florida; Samantha McMillan, a freshman finance major from Laurence, Kentucky; Summer Turner, a senior social work major from Hebron, Kentucky; Shelby Matthews, a junior theatre major from Memphis, Tennessee; Kevin Record, an FHU alumnus living in Henderson, Tennessee; Briana Whitsitt, a freshman theatre education major from Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and Katie Collier, a freshman social work major from Pegram, Tennessee.

The play is directed by Tansy Matheny, a recent graduate of FHU. She holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre and has acted in and directed various plays at FHU. She will be assisted by the director of theatre, Cliff Thompson. “Blithe Spirit provides a sharp-tongued look at the pretentious lives of those who take themselves too seriously,” Thompson said. “What is the most fun about the play are the unexpected twists and turns of the plot and the way seemingly cultured upper-class characters fall apart when the unexpected happens.”

Show times are at 7 each evening with additional 2:00pm performances on April 22 and 29. Seating will be on the stage of Loyd Auditorium with the play performed on the auditorium’s backstage.

Tickets are available for $7 at They will also be available at the door, but seating is extremely limited and reservations are strongly suggested.