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Story published: 06-25-2014 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Community Theatre brings 'Blithe Spirit" to life on stage


By: Lacy Hilliard

Tomahawk Writer/Photographer

Johnson County Community Theatre celebrated the opening weekend of “Blithe Spirit” June 20-22 at Heritage Hall. The Noel Coward classic filled with clever dialogue, witty banter and even special effects was an ambitious choice for the JCCT; however, even Blithe Spirit proved to be no match for the talented actors and actresses.

Ryan Whitener starred as Charles Condomine in the Johnson County Community Theatre production of Blithe Spirit. With perfect British inflection and a feigned callous disregard for any agenda other than his own; Whitener as Condomine was a flawless cast. Though tortured, it’s difficult to feel sorry for the meddling Condomine as it is clear that he brings most of the ill will he experiences upon himself. However, Whitener’s strong stage presence easily brings likability to a character that is otherwise sorely lacking.

Kristen Branch portrayed the role of Ruth Condomine; Charles’ rigid and perhaps a bit unimaginative second wife. Branch recently dazzled Heritage Hall audiences as Dorothy Gale in the Johnson County Young Artists/Johnson County High School Players production of The Wizard of Oz. A stark contrast from the dreamy Dorothy Gale; Ruth Condomine has high expectations and little room in her life for shenanigans. If there was any doubt before; Branch’s portrayal of Condomine sealed her status as Community Theatre master.

Community Theatre favorite and Blithe Spirit director, Judy Walsh, acted the role of Madame Arcati. Known for her stage presence, Walsh didn’t disappoint as she danced across the Heritage Hall stage in her inspiring and hilarious performance of the eccentric Madame Arcati.

Brooklynne Dunn was cast in the role of Elvira. The lovely Dunn is always a fan favorite and her representation of the ever-scheming Elvira left audiences both entertained and curious about her

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