Meet Kat Evans, Stage Manager for Blithe Spirit!

Kat RosieWhat is your role on/in this production? I am the Stage Manager for Blithe Spirit. In addition to calling all of the cues during the run of the show and managing the crew of talented technicians and performers some of my duties include attending all rehearsals, provide script support, communicating between the directorial team and the production team, provide notes from rehearsal to cast and crew, providing hugs, and with the help of my wonderful Assistant Stage Manager Allison, tracking all of the movement, props, costumes, needs, cues, and anything else we need to and relaying them to the appropriate production members.

How did you come to work on Blithe Spirit? Curtis brought this wonderful script to my attention a few years ago and has had me hooked ever since. It is a fast paced and quick witted dark comedy that is sure to keep the audience both laughing and surprised. The level of talent in this cast is incredible, and they definitely bring Noel Coward’s words to life! Or should I say afterlife…

What is your background in Theatre? I have a BFA in Theatre Design from the U of A and graduated with honors from Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts, but I have been involved with theatre both on and off stage since I was wee. I have always loved the Tech side of theatre, and as a Capricorn and a list person I really do enjoy the Stage Management role! Walterdale is an amazing place and I have been involved in many productions here over the years and worn many different hats, starting as performer in The Rocky Horror Show 12 years ago.

What do you most connect to about the play? I am a huge fan of British Comedy. It invokes in me what I imagine other people feel when watching a really intense sporting event. I can’t wait to see what comes next and the pacing and witty banter keep me on the edge of my seat!

Got any good ghost or psychic stories?  I have a very healthy respect for the spirit world. As Madame Arcati says in our show “There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in our philosophy…” and I wholeheartedly agree! I have had a number of experiences I can’t fully explain over the years, and I am fascinated by the prospect that there are powers out there that we can’t even begin to comprehend.

What do you enjoy most about doing a Noel Coward play?  Seeing our cast take on and make the words and characters their own. Coward is very specific about the dialogue and action in his works, and this cast has taken that detail and added a level of characterization and investment that really does the writing justice.

What are you enjoying the most about this production? Working with such a talented cast and production team. Everyone on this show is so dedicated! And I am looking forward to watching the audience reactions when they see it. I love knowing what is coming up and seeing what they will react to. I cheer in my mind when they find my favorite moments as funny as I do, and when the tricks and surprises we have for them catch them off guard! This is going to be a GREAT show for that, and I can’t wait!

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2 Responses to “Meet Kat Evans, Stage Manager for Blithe Spirit!”

  1. Dear Kristen,

    I am a mystery writer and my current novel revolves around a theatre troupe putting on Blithe Spirit. For a listing in my Acknowledgements, would you be able to answer a few questions about how the props are pulled apart in the climax? Or perhaps forward this email to your Props Master? I have my own explanation but would like to adhere to reality as much as possible. I have received permission from Coward’s estate to use lines from the play for chapter headings and want to be as accurate as possible.

    Sincere regards,

    Marni Graff
    The Nora Tierney Mysteries:
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    The Green Remains (Cumbria)
    Spring 2014: The Scarlet Wench
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    • Kristen Finlay January 25, 2014 at 6:34 pm Reply

      Hello Marni,
      I have sent your question to the Props Master for Blithe Spirit and hope to have some answers for you. Thanks for your interest. We might wait until after the show closes to post her response because we don’t want to give any secrets away, but we think it is really cool that you asked and that you are writing a book on the play. In any case, she has your contact information and may be contacting you directly!
      Best of luck with the book!

      Kristen

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