Actress Norma Rushton (right) playing a medium

Actress Norma Rushton (right) playing a medium

Opening Night Theatre presents a Noel Coward classic

This fall, Mission’s Opening Nite Theatre Society has a classic, a comedy and a ghost story all rolled into one play.

This fall, Mission’s Opening Nite Theatre Society has a classic, a comedy and a ghost story all rolled into one play.

Blithe Spirit, one of Noel Coward’s best known works, hits the stage Oct. 19, and runs for three weekends.

When Charles Condomine and his wife Ruth host a dinner party and invite the local, wacky medium, they expect to be entertained and amused. Instead they end up haunted.

Charles’ first wife is unwittingly summoned from beyond the grave and she is not at all pleased to find her place has been taken by another woman. Elvira is determined to get her husband back, and she doesn’t care who she drives crazy as she does it.

This improbable farce features local actors Brent Boutilier and Kathy Yewell anchoring the cast as Charles and Ruth Condomine. Other cast members include Cara Thomson as Elvira and newcomer Norma Rushton as the loopy and mercurial medium Madame Arcati.

This season opener is a refreshingly hilarious take on life, love, and the problems of coming back from the afterlife. It opens Oct. 19, and runs Fridays and  Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. until Nov. 4.

Tickets are $12, and are available at Murdoch’s BookShoppe on First Ave. in Mission or at the door. Opening Nite Theatre is located right across from the West Coast Express Station at 33223 Railway Ave. in Mission.