For as long as I can remember, I have always loved story telling. I gravitate more toward television and movies, but I began to appreciate the origin of the genre - theatre. It takes guts to get on stage and perform a scripted story from memory. Monday evening, I was honored to watch the dress rehearsal of Blithe Spirit, a supernatural comedy play by Noel Coward, performed by the Heber Springs High School Drama Club.
“This is the biggest production we’ve done so far. The show is big all around” said Elizabeth Yielding, Heber Springs theatre teacher.
“I found it challenging for both the cast and the stage technicians,” Yielding continued.
Blithe Spirit is set in the 1940’s and is about an author who takes part in an séance that brings back his dead wife. He now must find a way to please both his deceased wife and his living current wife.
Walking into the auditorium, the first thing I notice was the set. It was fantastic. You could tell it must have taken awhile to piece everything together to make the audience feel like they were in the home of a 1940’s couple. It looked authentic, real, and helped the story take form.
The story itself was a little slow to start, but once it found it’s footing, it soared. The show was funny with witty lines and using dark humor. As most plays I have seen, Blithe Spirit had a classic feel to it by using proper dialogue and the actors acted with elegance.
The chemistry between each of the performers was spot on. The leads did a wonderful job keeping the audience engaged with the story by keeping the funny moments funny and the serious moments serious.
The cast's wardrobe and make-up looked great as well. I’ll be honest, it has been a long time since I attended a high school play, but from what I remember, high school casts didn’t look as professional as the Heber Springs High School team.
All in all, if you are free April 27 through the 29 at 7:00p.m., you should venture to the Heber Springs High School to watch Blithe Spirit. I give Blithe Spirit a solid 4 ½ out of 5 stars.
Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10.