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Problematic ghosts appear in "Blithe Spirit!"
Supernatural Piedmont play premieres Thursday
Brandon Deen has ghost problems in the upcoming Piedmont College Theatre production of ‘Blithe Spirit.” Deen, a freshman from St. Marys, is surrounded by spirits played by Kristen Reeves of Suwanee, right, and Piedmont College junior Shelby Myers of Hoschton.

“Blithe Spirit,” the third show of the Piedmont College 2013-2014 season, is a supernatural comedy classic.

After a “spirited” seance goes decidedly wrong, the cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine suddenly finds himself face-to-face with the ghost of his deceased wife, Elvira ... much to the chagrin of his current spouse, Ruth. Love and marriage devolve into laughter and mayhem when Ruth is accidentally killed and united with Elvira on the “other side.” Together the paranormal pair haunt their hapless husband with hilarious consequences.

While the comedy was first performed in London in 1941, director John Spiegel updated the time period to the present and moved the action to New England.

“The message of ‘Blithe Spirit’ is timeless, but to make the play’s action more accessible to today’s audience we updated a few of the details,” Spiegel said.

“Blithe Spirit” runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 13-15 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in the Mainstage Theatre of the Swanson Center for Performing Arts and Communications.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, with free admission to Piedmont College faculty, staff and students. For reservations, call 706-778-8500 ex. 1355. The Swanson Center is at 365 College Drive in Demorest.