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URI Theatre to present Blithe Spirit

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KINGSTON, RI, -- September 29, 2005 -- URI /Theatre opens its fall season with Blithe Spirit, a comedy by Noel Coward. Itís a farce and itís funny.

Charles Condomine, a British novelist, happily married to Ruth, is writing a novel, which involves the supernatural. He is inspired to ask Madame Arcati, the local medium, to demonstrate a sťance. The sťance is pretty much a failure while the lights are out. But then thereís a strong breeze and the window curtains part and Charlesí first wife, Elvira, dead for seven years, sweeps into the room. This whole situation is complicated by the fact that only Charles can see her.

Blithe Spirit is directed by Alan Hawkridge, costumes are designed by David T. Howard, scenic design by Luke Sutherland, light design by Dan Bilodeau and sound by Peter Nabut.

The show will be performed in the Robert E. Will Theatre of the Fine Arts Center, URI Kingston Campus. The play runs from Oct. 13 to 15 and 19 to 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $14 general, $10 seniors, URI faculty/staff and $8 students. Reservations can be made by calling the box office at 401-874-5843.

Members of the cast, their characters, and their hometowns follow:


Daniel DaCunha Dr. Bradman Pawtucket R.I.
Joseph Short Charles Condomine Wakefield R.I.
Helen Brennan Mrs. Bradman Warwick R.I.
Haley Hanson Elvira Grass Valley CA.
Lauren Ustaszewski Madame Arcati Shamong N.J.
Heather Garfinkle Ruth Armond N.Y.
Jill Blevins Edith New Hope PA.

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University of Rhode Island students Lauren Ustaszewski of N.Y. , Heather Garfinkle of N.Y. (l-r sitting on coach ) Haley Hanson of California, and Joe Short of Wakefield star in URIís Production of Blithe Spirit. URI photo by Randy Osga.