Meet the Cast of Blithe Spirit – Parazanda Valois as Violet Bradman

parazandaWhat is your role in this production? I play the part of Violet Bradman, wife of Doctor Bradman and friend to the Condomines.  The Bradman’s are a happily contented couple.  Although her husband scolds her for being a ninny sometimes (I mean who hasn’t opened their mouth and popped their foot straight in!?) I believe Violet is a genuinely lovely lady who is tickled pink to witness a séance.

Why did you come out for Blithe Spirit? I originally auditioned for the role of Madame Arcati and was offered the part of Mrs. Bradman.  It felt right though!  Perhaps Violet and I are kindred spirits!

What is your background in Theatre?  My husband got me involved with Walterdale Theatre about 5 years ago and I’ve been happy to serve on the Board as well as cater the “feasts” for opening nights, meetings and any other time we host our members. I only took up acting a few years ago and have been having fun participating in the One Acts and the Fringe.  This is my first full-fledged production here at the Walterdale.  I love being a member of this theatre!  Where else are you actively encouraged to act out and dress up!?

What do you most connect to about the play?  I love the unexpected!

Blithe Spirit involves ghost and psychics, got any good ghost stories? Knock on wood I have never met a ghost, apparition, elemental or poltergeist …  YET!

What do you enjoy most about doing a Noel Coward play?  I love Noel Coward’s quick and witty banter, the speedy pace and side long glances.  The challenge for me?  Keeping up with the quick pace!  Although I think I have perfected the art of the side-long glance, after all I have been married for 34 years!

What are you enjoying the most about this production? I love meeting new people and I have been blessed with that in this production.  I’m learning – new terms, new methods, a new accent!  Did I mention the costumes!?!  I have always loved playing dress up!

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