Auditions Announced for Fall Play at the Arts Center

FULTON – CNY Community Arts Center announces auditions for Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit directed by Elizabeth (Ladd) Walton, making her CNY Arts Center directing debut.

The classic play is hailed as a spirited comedy of haunting laughter.

Liz Walton, seen here as costume designer of Beauty and the Beast, Jr and actress in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and Curious Savage, makes her Arts Center directing debut with Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit.

Auditions will be held Sunday, June 23 from 2 – 5 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday, June 24 and 25 from 7-9 p.m. at the new Community Arts Center, 121 Cayuga St. in the heart of downtown Fulton.

According to the publicist, “The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much revived classic … offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting ‘happy medium’ Madam Arcati.”

The play will run September 27 – October 6.

To audition, actors are asked to prepare a one- to two-minute monologue.

Actors will also read select scenes from the script.

The play calls for 2 men and 5 women and promises to include a lot of ghostly hijinks and audience enjoyment.

Walton makes her stage directing debut at CNY Arts Center but is no stranger to Arts Center audiences.

From costume designer for Jr productions including the recent Beauty and the Beast Jr to acting onstage most recently in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and last season’s Curious Savage, she has been involved in local theatre for many years alongside her new husband, Kyle Walton, who will be assisting as stage manager.

“Liz’s sense of comedic timing and humor is a perfect complement to this classic British farce which is sure to delight our audiences,” said Executive Director Nancy Fox. “We’ve been honored to work with Liz both on and off stage in several capacities and are especially excited to support her in her directing debut at the center.”

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