Kemptville Players Inc – ‘Blithe Spirit’ Opening Soon


by Cathie Raina

Introducing the actors

With our play opening in just over two weeks, I thought it would be a good thing to introduce our actors in the play. Four of them have never trod the stage with our theatre group, and these actors have large and pivotal roles in Blithe Spirit. Bradlee Zrudlo, who plays Ruth in the play, has not acted since Grade 6, and was inspired by her daughter’s participation with the Kemptville Players Kids. Bradlee brings Ruth to life with her quiet assurance and her ability to change tone and personality as the plot thickens.

Deirdre Moore plays the pleasant, and very intelligent wife of the doctor. She is new to our group, but brings a wealth of experience from her theatre days in Nova Scotia. Deirdre has also worked on numerous movie sets with many leading actors. Mary Kate Laphen took a hiatus for a while from working with the Merrickville theatre, but she is back with a vengeance for her first time with the Kemptville Players in the role of Elvira. Elvira is the dead first wife conjured forth at a seance, and who annoys and terrorizes her husband, the only one who can see and hear her. Mary Kate floats through her role like a nymph, and a very irritating one at that.

Andrea Howard plays Madame Arcati – the totally eccentric and outrageous medium who is invited to perform a seance at a very respectable home. Of course, everything goes wrong, and Andrea as Madame Arcati is a delight to watch. This is Andrea’s first time with the Kemptville Players, but she brings with her years of experience from working with the theatre in Merrickville. Debbie MacGillivray has a seemingly very small role as the maid Edith, and most of her lines are “Yes’m”! But this role packs a punch, and Debbie plays this timid part very convincingly. She has been in a couple of our plays, and has acted in three murder mysteries with our group. Ron Hallman has been with the Kemptville Players for a few years and has had some very interesting and very challenging roles. He plays the poor suffering husband whose first dead wife appears by mistake, and Ron meets the challenge of Elvira with clarity, humour, and intense frustration.

Winston Kinnaird is known to many in Kemptville and has been with our group since it was the St. James Players. He has had so many roles over the years, and many of us have acted with him. Winston plays the very sceptical doctor who is not at all amused by Madame Arcati. Winston is a natural, and we all eagerly await his often interesting interpretation of his lines! With all these colourful actors and characters, it is impossible not to enjoy this show – classic Noel Coward at his best!

The play runs from October 24-27 at the Urbandale Arts Centre in Kemptville. Evening shows are at 7:30 pm, a Sunday matinee at 2:00 pm, and a Saturday dinner theatre at 6:00, with tickets available for just the show. Tickets are $20, $15 for under 16, $50 for dinner theatre, $45 for children. Ticket outlets at B&H Grocers, Business Strategies, Municipal Centre, at the door, and online at


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