Arts & Leisure August 31, 2006

Blithe Spirit plays next
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From left, David Spivey of Franklin, Janice Minette of Hiawassee and Tom Payne of Brasstown. Seated in front and center is Laurel Adams of Murphy.
Noel Coward's timeless comedy, Blithe Spirit, directed by Edie Kleinpeter, is as funny today as when it was first produced. Blithe Spirit will run September 15-17 and 22-24.

Kleinpeter is very happy with her cast. Making a too rare appearance on the stage is Laurel Adams, who plays Madame Arcati. She has appeared in TV series such as "Starsky and Hutch." Not only does she have impressive practical experience, but she also has an MFA in drama from the University of Minnesota, where many in her class went on to successful careers in movies, stage, and television. Luckily for this area she moved here to be nearer family and started the drama program at Murphy High School. Mostly, Adams is found on the other side of the boards, directing, and she recently directed the successful musical, BIG, for the Licklog Players.

Audiences here might remember her performance of Amanda in The Glass Menagerie at the Peacock Playhouse, also directed by Edie Kleinpeter. Interestingly, it was another Amanda who helped make Adams a fan of Noel Coward. She played that role in his play, Private Lives. She loves his witty dialogue and well-constructed plots. She is having a lot of fun developing her outrageously funny character, Madame Arcati.

Be sure to make plans to see Blithe Spirit and laugh at the antics of Elvira, Charles Condomine's first wife, who died seven years before, but who is brought back by a surprised and thrilled Madame Arcati. His current wife, Ruth, is not amused, and the resulting chaos is very funny.

For more info toll free at 1877-691-9906 or 828-389-8632. The evening performances start at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:30. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets can be purchased over the phone or at the box office, which will open September 11 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Peacock Playhouse in Hayesville.
Photograph courtesy of Micah Robinson. (Original Picture in article is in Black & White.)