Win Tickets ($50): Bag&Baggage Productions presents Blithe Spirit @ The Vault Theater | Brilliant Comedy of Manners

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Bag&Baggage Productions presents Blithe Spirit @ The Vault Theateron May 11-13. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, May 7.



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From our sponsors:
Blithe Spirit
May 11-27, 2018
Thursday-Saturday 7:30p
Sunday 2p
$25 – $35 | All Ages
More info: bagnbaggage.org

The Vault Theater
350 E Main Street, Hillsboro, Oregon

Bag&Baggage Productions, Hillsboro’s only professional theatre company, brings Noel Coward’s brilliant, witty comedy of manners, Blithe Spirit, to life at The Vault Theater in May of 2018. Starring B&B’s entire Resident Acting Company, and directed by B&B Founder Scott Palmer, Blithe Spirit is considered Noel Coward’s masterpiece of wit and wickedness.

“Noel Coward is infamous for his witty banter, biting social commentary, and fabulous dialogue,” says Palmer, “and Blithe Spirit is Noel Coward at his very, very best. I love this play, and am truly excited to work with this incredible cast on one of the most popular plays ever written.”

Written during the height of World War II, Blithe Spirit was devised by Coward as a way to give the British people something to laugh at, and be delighted by, while faced with the hardships of the war. The play opened in London in 1941 and immediately broke all ticket sales records, becoming one of the most successful stage plays in all of English history.

Blithe Spirit tells the story of novelist Charles Condomine who decides to host a dinner party and séance with his wife Ruth to provide important details for the plot of Charles’ upcoming book. The séance is conducted by the bizarre and hilarious psychic Madame Arcati who accidentally summons the spirit of Charles’ previous wife, Elvira, back from “the other side.” Elvira, though, is only visible to Charles, thus setting off a series of farcical events as both women battle for Charles’ attention.

“One of the most exciting things about our production,” says Palmer, “is that we get to use the full force of all of our theatre equipment and technology to help create the ghostly, supernatural world of the play.” Projections, stage tricks, and more will be employed by Scenic Design Tyler Buswell (who recently designed the set for B&B’s Death and the Maiden). Buswell says, “My favorite thing in the entire world is engineering stage tricks and rigging for supernatural effects in theatre. I cannot wait to get started creating this amazing, ghostly world.”

The action of the play has been set in the slick, plastic world of England’s 1980s, and the production explores Coward’s obsession with mockery; particularly mockery of gender roles, his distaste of social norms and platitudes, and his complete aversion to the rigid rules of marriage. “One of my favorite Coward quotes is at the heart of our production. Coward said, ‘To take a gloomy view of life is not part of my philosophy; to laugh at the idiocies of my fellow creatures is,” and that approach to the comedy of cruelty is very much in the mix of our show.”

Blithe Spirit stars B&B Resident Artists Jessi Walters as Elvira, Andrew Beck as Charles, Peter Schuyler as Dr. Bradman, Kymberli Colbourne as the hilarious Madame Arcati, Arianne Jacques as Edith, with Associate Artist Jessica Geffen as Mrs. Bradman, and Associate Artistic Director Cassie Greer as Ruth. Costumes designed by Melissa Heller, with Lighting Design by Jim Ricks-White.

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14 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): Bag&Baggage Productions presents Blithe Spirit @ The Vault Theater | Brilliant Comedy of Manners

  1. Heidi May 1, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

    Sounds great! I’d love to take my daughter!

  2. Amy May 1, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

    I’d love to go for a date night to see the new theater and enjoy production that sounds like a lot of fun!

  3. Nell May 1, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

    This looks wonderful – I’d love to go especially as I am a big fan of the movie version starring Rex Harrison (of My Fair Lady fame) and the ever-watchable Margaret Rutherford as the eccentric medium. It’s a brilliant story, very classy and very funny, and this production sounds like it will be out of this world (excuse the pun).

  4. mark May 1, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

    I want to step back from the peculiar shock of real life.
    Revisiting “Blythe Spirit” is my ticket back.

  5. Poppy May 2, 2018 at 8:53 am #

    Sounds wonderful!

  6. Maggie neff May 2, 2018 at 10:57 am #

    I’d love to see this. I need some witty banter. Seriously, it’s been a banterless month.

  7. W May 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

    England in the 1980s!?
    Yes please!

  8. Eric Dukes May 2, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

    My wife and I are going to Portland for the weekend and we’d love to see the show!

  9. Erin May 3, 2018 at 10:55 am #

    Ha, this would be so great. Comedy is one of the best cures*

  10. Kathleen May 3, 2018 at 2:43 pm #

    This is such a fun play! I was in the musical version and would love to see the original.

  11. Christie May 4, 2018 at 10:33 am #

    Love this play!

  12. Trish May 4, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

    I have my bag & am ready to see this play! Thank you for your consideration of my submission.

  13. Brandee Camper May 9, 2018 at 8:19 am #

    Would love to see this!!!!!

  14. Stephanie May 25, 2018 at 9:00 am #

    The best Theatre Troupe ever!

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