Hampton University
The Hampton Players & Company Presents Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward
09/22/2017 - #38

HAMPTON, Va. (Sept. 22,2017) -- The Hampton Players & Company presents "Blithe Spirit", in the Little Theatre of Armstrong Hall on the campus of Hampton University on Friday, Sept. 29, and Saturday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on October 1, at 3 p.m.

Imagine having wife number one living under the same roof as wife number two, with no love lost between them. Now imagine wife number one is a ghost.

Novelist Charles Condomine organizes a séance as research for his next book, but what he gets is out of this world: the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, visible only to him. Unfortunately, Elvira takes an instant dislike to his present wife, Ruth, who is very much alive. Elvira’s increasingly haunting antics aim to divide Charles and Ruth, culminating in an attempt to finish off Charles off so he can join her in the spirit world. But when that backfires and Ruth is killed instead, the two ghosts engage in a spirited fight over him. Desperate, Charles calls on seer and clairvoyant Madame Arcati to restore order to his home. Written by the British bon vivant Noël Coward, known for his wit and satirical flamboyance, "Blithe Spirit" delights audiences everywhere with its clever wordplay and slapstick action. 

Dr. Robin Jackson Boisseau serves as director of "Blithe Spirit". She has served as an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Hampton University since 2001.  She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Directing from Memphis State University and her Ph.D. in Theatre History, Theory, and Criticism from the University of Maryland, College Park.   She has directed shows such as "How I Learn To Drive", "The Chalk Garden", "Annie Get Your Gun", "A Moon for the Misbegotten", "Pirates of Penzance", and "Trifles" at other venues, as well as "The Disappearance", "Crimes of the Heart", "The Taming of the Shrew", "A Streetcar Named Desire", "Macbeth", "Blues for an Alabama Sky", "Dearly Departed", "The Lion in Winter", "How I Learned to Drive", "Crowns" (co-directed with Dr. Karen Turner Ward), "Romeo & Juliet", "Through the Crack", "New Voices", "New Plays", "Stick Fly", "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", "Day of Absence", "Happy Ending", and "Common Thread" at Hampton University.  

C. Perry Otto is the scenic and light designer for "Blithe Spirit".  This is his 27th season with the Hampton Players.  He has designed sets and lights for numerous Players’ production including: "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", "Day of Absence", "Happy Ending", "Little Shop of Horrors", "Stick Fly", "Romeo & Juliet", "Ruined", "Doubt", "The Lion in Winter", "A Love To Call My Own","Dearly Departed", "The Bluest Eye", "A Love To Call My Own", "Blues for an Alabama Sky", "A Raisin in the Sun", "Macbeth", "Smokey Joe’s Café", "Grease", "A Streetcar Named Desire", "West Side Story", "The Wiz", "What Use Are Flowers?", "Shakin’ The Mess Outta Misery", "The Disappearance", "Sasha and the Magic Cookie Maker", "Tartuffe", "Mama Dee’s Girls", "Shakuntala", "Dracula", "Black Pearls", "The Amen Corner", "Steal Away", "The Piano Lesson", "The Emperor Jones", "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", "40 Acres and A Mule" (World Premiere), "Once On This Island", "One Mo’ Time", and "Equus". 

Corinne Langford is the costume designer for "Blithe Spirit". This is her second season with the Hampton Players. She has designed costume and make-up for the University of Memphis’s production of "Oklahoma!", as well as Tennessee Shakespeare’s production of "Romeo and Juliet". With the Hampton Players she has designed costume and make-up for "Day of Absence", "Happy Ending", "Lady Day" at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, "Lion King, Jr.", "Common Thread", and "Annie, Jr."  

The Hampton Players and Company is a professionally run performing ensemble.  The performers are not limited to the University stage, having appeared on stages throughout the United States.

The cast includes: Victoria Rowland, Alexis Barbour, Kobie Polk, Kierra Calhoun, Cheyenne Barber, Brooke Arrington, and Bronson Christian. 

The Hampton Players’ box office opens on Monday, Sept. 25, and is located in the center of the first floor of the Armstrong Hall building and is open Monday – Friday, from 2-7 pm and Saturday, from 1-5pm.  For ticket information, call the Box Office at 727-5236 or 727-5402.  Ticket prices are:  



General Admission                                    $10.00           

Senior Citizens                                           $8.00           

Children/Non-HU Students                         $8.00           

HU Students Free with ID


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