By Kennedy Williams

On October 14, 15, and 16, Muscatine’s Pearl City Players will present their latest production, Noel Coward’s classic farce, Blithe Spirit. Shows will be held in the Central Middle School auditorium. Show times begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Blithe Spirit is a comic play about a novelist, Charles Condomine, who invites Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather information for his next book. The scene backfires when the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife is unleashed and makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles’s marriage to his second wife, who cannot see or hear the ghost.

Pearl City Players is a club open to those who are interested in theatre and want to get involved. Productions require a lot of work on and off the stage. They welcome anyone who is interested in participating in theatre to reach out and be part of the show. They are always looking for actors, techies, set builders, and costume designers.

Pearl City Players has a play selection committee that recommends plays to the board, and the board makes the final decision on what plays will be performed. Blithe Spirit was selected because it is a humorous and entertaining show, and has a ghostly element which is appropriate for Halloween.

Pearl City Players continues to hold plays for people to participate in and for the public to enjoy every year.

“Theatre is an extraordinary, collaborative art form. It allows people to exercise their creativity in many ways, along with developing teamwork, time management, budgeting, and other technical skills,” says Bill Turner.

The Pearl City Players production is directed by Vicky Petkunas with assistance from Benjamin Fix and is produced by Allyson Giovanzzi. More information can be found on the Pearl City Players Facebook page.