What is your role in Blithe Spirit? I play Elvira Condomine, Charles Condomine’s first wife who dies 7 years earlier. I am a ghost! And I have come back due to a seance and set out to wreak a little havoc in the Condoimne’s lives.
What brought you out for this production? I came out to audition because I knew and had worked with director Curtis Knecht on 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (with the lovely Kristen Finlay as director), and knew he’d be a hoot to work with (he was). I’m a huge fan of the script and being in University I get a little antsy if I’m not involved in something artistic, so I was very pleased and excited when I got in!
What is your background in theatre? I graduated from the Grant MacEwan Theatre Arts program in 2008, and have been acting and directing ever since. I am also the Producer and Artistic Director of my own company Patient Mango Theatre, which has produced 3 Sterling nominated musicals at the Fringe which has been a lot of fun and a great experience. PMT has some upcoming projects, so look out for those!
What do you connect to the most about this play? I really enjoy the tension between Elvira, Ruth and Charles. I think the play says a lot about the nature of love and commitment, how one chink in the armour can cause the whole relationship to fall apart. It sounds bleak, but the show does a wonderful job of tempering relationship problems with the witty, biting humor that Coward is famous for, in a fantastical and hilarious situation.
Got any good ghost stories? I’m one of those “I want to believe” sorts. I don’t think I do, but I’ve had some unexplainable things happen in my life. However, though I’ve always had a healthy dose of skepticism, show me proof and I’ll happily turn believer! If anyones got a haunted house they need investigated, let me know, that’s a life-long ambition of mine! I should note though that I’m an absolute Coward… (see what I did there ;)