This play is another classic comedy of manners,
this time set in mid-twenthieth-century England. Its twist on the genre
is its nature as a "haunted house comedy."
play offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, who has
married his second wife Ruth some years after the death of his first
wife, Elvira. At a séance conducted for research into his new book
Charles becomes haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife
Elvira. She is called forth through a visiting "happy medium," by the
name of Madame Arcati. The principle of "three's a crowd" is in full
force as Charles tries to accommodate both his wives in their now
haunted house – and this situation is just the starting point for the
witty, madcap comedy that follows.
This production featured a number of advanced
students in leadership positions, where they achieved a very creative
lighting design with "haunted house" color effects, costume and makeup
design, and special effects:
storms, doors that open and close by themselves, and some chaotic
Poltergeist effects of props flying off shelves, which were a
particular source of pride for our student stagehands. You can get a
sense of the difference between regular and "haunted" lighting by
comparing the photos above and below.