Meet Athena Gordon – Asssistant Director for Blithe Spirit

profile31.      What is your role on/in this production? I am the Assistant Director. I am there to work with the actors on fine tuning scenes/dialect while our illustrious Director works with the other actors.

2.      Why did you come out for Blithe Spirit? My good friends Curtis and Kat (Director and Stage Manager, respectively) asked me to come on board, and it sounded like a fun show. Curtis had a great (and really fun) idea on how to approach the show, and I couldn’t say no.

3.      What is your background in Theatre? I have a BA in Drama (Studied Stage Management at the U of A). I did a number of shows between 1999 and 2001 here at the Walterdale, and did some work with Horizon Players in 2007/2008. I was most recently a part of this season’s production of Dracula here at the Walterdale. I will return to the stage for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum later this season.

4.      What do you most connect to about the play? I really enjoy the back and forths between Ruth, Charles and Elvira – especially since Ruth can’t see Elvira.

5.      Blithe Spirit involves ghost and psychics?  Got any funny/sad/silly ghost or psychic stories? When I was in late Elementary and Junior High school, the house we lived had a ghost (we named him Jeffrey). Much like Walter (the Walterdale ghost), we could hear him moving around the house if we were in the basement, and my parents saw him a couple times, but he just co-existed with us. No funny business.

6.      What do you enjoy most about doing a Noel Coward play?  Noel Coward pieces are loads of fun, but definitely challenging. Because they tend to be dialogue heavy, you really need to be on the ball, listening and engaging with what is going on around you to keep the audience in the moment.

7.      What are you most looking forward to/enjoying the most about this production? I am really looking forward to seeing how everything works together once we get all of our effects working with what the actors are doing on stage. I am excited to see how the audiences react as well – it’s going to be great!

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