Students to perform ‘Blithe Spirit’ at Chaparral High School, Oct. 13-14

From left to right, Leah Barlage, Miah Aguirre and Dylan Robb perform in Chaparral High School’s production of “Blithe Spirit,” Oct. 13-14. Dean Reynolds photo

TEMECULA – The nationally recognized Chaparral High School theater department, winner of eight awards and 14 additional nominations in the 12th Annual National Youth Arts Awards, is pleased to announce that it will debut its fall play “Blithe Spirit,” 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12.

Additional performances are 7 p.m., Oct. 13-14, and a matinee performance 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14. All performances are performed in the school’s performing arts center. Chaparral High School is located at 27215 Nicolas Road in Temecula.

“Blithe Spirit” was written by famed author, Noel Coward. The comedy was a hit on London and Broadway stages and features fussy, cantankerous, novelist Charles Condomine, who is remarried but haunted by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira, who was called up by a visiting “happy medium,” Madame Arcati.

Cast members include senior Dylan Robb as Charles Condomine, junior Leah Barlage as Ruth Condomine, senior Kayla Jarry as Elvira, senior Hope Reichert as Madame Arcati, junior Miah Aguirre as Edith, senior Camryn Halfpenny as Violet Bradman and junior Peter Lacko as George Bradman.

“With each show, we try to challenge ourselves,” Chris Irvin, drama teacher and director, said. “With this show, the challenge comes through the language of the time. This is one of the first shows we’ve done that was written at the time in which the story actually takes place. Late 1930s-early 1940s England is rich with very formal language. It’s a challenge, but one the cast is succeeding at. That coupled with the satirical elements of the story make for a very fun show. I like to describe it as a mixture of Downton Abbey and Frasier. Additionally, being a comedic ghost story, it comes just in time for Halloween.”

General admission is $10; all students, military personnel and seniors 55 plus are admitted for $8.

Tickets are available at www.chaparralat.seatyourself.biz, at the CHS bookkeeping office during school hours and at the theatre box office before each performance.

For more information on the show, call (951) 695-4200, ext. 144, or email Chris Irvin at [email protected].

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