|DuBourg Society members enjoy a cocktail reception at the Historic Samuel Cupples House before attending the SLU Theatre's presentation of Blithe Spirit. Submitted photo|
The sounds of chatter and laughter filled the Samuel Cupples house as approximately150 DuBourg Society members and guests enjoyed a cocktail reception Friday evening prior to seeing Blithe Spirit, presented by Saint Louis University's Theatre Department.
"I've come to all the DuBourg theatre events," said Carol Figura, DuBourg member, who brought her daughter, Kerri Rowe. "Having a cocktail reception in Cupples prior to the play was definitely a draw because we love historic homes and I haven't been in this house since 1968 when it was the Campus Club."
This exclusive event was offered to Saint Louis University's DuBourg Society members, who annually contribute $2,500 or more within the fiscal year. The society honors and recognizes the generosity of the University's major benefactors.
For Barbara Bringham, she and her husband, David, enjoy coming to the theatre productions, along with most other SLU events.
"We come to almost everything," she said. "David loves to stay contacted to SLU."
Bringham also commented the two of them love the Cupples house.
"It is the best kept secret as far as historic houses in St. Louis," she remarked. "It's such a gem."
Near the end of the reception, Nancy Bell, assistant professor of theatre, addressed the crowd from the staircase.
"We are so excited to have all of you come to our performance," said Bell, who also directed the play. "It is so important for our students to have at least one audience of adults because it teaches them so much."
Blithe Spirit, a comedy written by Noël Coward, revolves around a ghostly love triangle. An ill-conceived cocktail party séance brings one man's ex-wife back from the dead, leaving the man having to deal with the revenge of his dead first wife and his current living wife.