Thunder River Theatre stages classic farce |

Thunder River Theatre stages classic farce

Lon WinstonSpecial to the Post Independent

Thunder River Theatre Company celebrates the 30th anniversary of Noel Coward’s death by presenting his classic comedy-farce, “Blithe Spirit.” “Blithe Spirit” runs June 13-15, 20, 21 and 27 and 28, at the Carbondale Community School at 1505 Delores Way, Carbondale. All show times are 7:30 p.m. Tickets and information are available by calling the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities at 963-1680. Coward is known for his sharp, acerbic wit, and in “Blithe Spirit” there is no shortage of that. Normally reflecting the upper-crust of Britain, TRTC has placed the action in a more familiar setting that helps to illuminate this highly entertaining and fast-paced play. “Blithe Spirit” has clearly survived the theatrical and social revolutions over the past 60 years and continues to entertain audiences around the world.”Blithe Spirit” is not TRTC’s usual fare, but in a season that included “Macbeth” and “Wit,” a delightful comedy seemed in order. It was finding a fun play with a sophisticated sense of language meeting TRTC’s aesthetic values that was challenging. Noel Coward came to mind immediately. He was one of the most intelligent writers of his time, using vocabulary and poetic language as only he could.The story centers on Charles Condomine, a successful novelist, and his second wife, Ruth, a stiff but sociable housewife. Each of them lost their first spouses at a young age. Charles invites Madame Arcati and another couple to an evening where he intends to have the eccentric Arcati give a seance, since he is researching a mystery novel with a charlatan fortuneteller as the lead. Unfortunately, Madame Arcati is not the charlatan everyone believes, and conjures up the spirit of Charles’ first wife, the spoiled Elvira. Hilarity ensues with surprising plot twists.The play is being directed and designed by TRTC’s Lon Winston. The Condomines are portrayed by company member Richard Lyon and Cara Daniel who is new to the TRTC stage. TRTC’s Julia Whitcombe plays the eccentric Madame Arcati, while Associate Artist Valerie Haugen renders the mischievous Elvira. Company members Michael Miller, Kelley Mauldin, and Linda White, new to TRTC, round out the cast. Judy Benson stage manages and Phill Gerdell designs lights.TRTC would like to thank the readers of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent (who also comprise much of our audience) for your continued recognition of TRTC. Once again Locals Choice for Best Actress and Best Actor went to Valerie Haugen and Michael Miller, respectively. The entire resident company was most pleased that WIT was your choice for Best Play. TRTC remains proud of our choice to never shy away from the difficult.

Staff ReportIt will be reigning cats and dogs, and maybe gerbils, this Saturday, June 14, in Glenwood Springs’ Sayre Park. Gather up your pet and get on over to the Pet Olympics, a fundraiser for the Salvation Army. It will pit pet against pet, dogs, cats, gerbils, who knows, as they compete for prizes and show off their tricks.Registration is from 10 a.m. to noon, with gift bags going to the first 100 entrants. The opening ceremony and pet parade is at 12:30 p.m.Contests include pet and owner look alike, best dressed pet and most unique pet. The afternoon events for dogs and cats run from 1-4 p.m. with best dog trick, most obedient dog and a dog agility course. Kitties can compete for the most playful, best cat trick and most unique cat markings.There will also be service and information booths, including Roaring Fork Alley Cats, Search & Rescue, Gabriel Foundation, Healing Partners, Roaring Fork Kennel Club, Department of Wildlife, Scoopy Doo, Krabloonik (sled dogs), Pet Advice, Tender Loving Care, and many more.A silent auction will be open until 3 p.m.

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