‘That’s The Spirit’ opens at The Playhouse

May 13, 2019

BELFAST — If you are looking for hilarious escapist fun, a spooky puzzle or an entertaining whodunit, you’ll find it in this off-the-wall, cockeyed mystery spoof by Tim Kelly. “That’s The Spirit” is presented by The Playhouse Youth Theater Company on Fridays and Saturdays, May 17, 18, 24 and 25, at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, May 19 and 26, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door; reservations are strongly suggested.

A Hollywood psychic is murdered in the home that once belonged to The Great Marvel, a famed “illusionist.” Enter another psychic, Claire Voyant (Piper Sanders) to find out who killed her friend. To hold a séance she solicits the help of other psychics (Annabelle Lewis, Lydia Butler, Walker Pitkin); next-door neighbor, the famous TV star Wayne Hopkins (Sam Potter); Irene the niece (Jane Rubin-Irish) and her housekeeper (Ezri Budet). Lieutenant Chad Prindle (Nathan Waldron) and his naïve assistant Detective Bud Frazer (Henry Reader) confuse the situation along with Scotty Nelson, EcoRanger, (Eva Ociepka) and a crazed Hermit (Cooley Radford). Just when you think you have it figured out, rare book dealer Victoria Greenstreet (Story Carlson) bursts in to find the Great Marvel’s Book Of Illusions that may have been the motive for the murder. But is it?

The play is directed by Mary Weaver. The actors range in age from 8 to 13 and they have been acting at The Playhouse for several plays. The Playhouse, 107 Church St., is an intimate theater with limited seating; call 338-5777 for reservations.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Christine Dunkle can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 108; or arts@villagesoup.com.

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