This romantic comedy tells the story of John, an irascible Scotsman and an uptight English woman, Maude, both in their late 50s, who take on the journey of a lifetime. They are brought together when his ward marries her niece. Then, when the young couple decides to adopt a new born baby, the older couple has to travel 6,000 miles to California to pick up the child and bring her safely home to Scotland. The problem is, John and Maude despise each other. To make matters worse, they get stranded in San Francisco for several weeks and are expected to jointly care for the helpless newborn. There they form a new partnership and learn some startling lessons about life and love.
WHO'S WHO IN THE CAST
GRACE OTTO - Gloria Nance (first two weeks)
Grace Otto is thrilled to make her Tucson community theatre debut with Be My Baby. She has been acting for years and is currently getting her degree in theatre at the University of Arizona. Her credits include Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Linsey in Godspell, the Stage Manager in Our Town, and Mrs. Trotsky in All in the Timing. She would like to dedicate her performance to Harper Black, who passed away during this rehearsal process. She hopes you enjoy the show!
RACHEL OKPISZ - Gloria Nance (last two weeks)
NOTE: What a pro! Rachel came to the show after two weeks and did a fantastic job, standing in for Grace Otto after Grace fell ill!
Rachel graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 2015 with a Bachelor of Vocal Music Education. She is currently in her first year of teaching at Academy of Tucson High School, and is directing the Spring Production of Agatha Rex. She also sings back up vocals for The Craig Green Band. This will be Rachel’s second theater production since moving back to Tucson, having appeared in The Gaslight Theater’s Christmas Show in 2015. This is her second show with Roadrunner!
RENATA RAUSCHEN - Maud Kinch
Renata has been a Tucsonan for 11 years and absolutely loves it! She has acted in, directed and managed theatre for almost twenty years. Renata started acting when she lived on the East Coast of Florida and continued when she moved to Tucson in 2005. Renata is so thrilled to work with her Roadrunner family and meeting and bringing in new members. Renata thanks everyone involved in her life for their support and love. Love energy.
LAURANCE MCCORMICK - Christy McCall
Coming from a theatrical family, Laurance was destined for theater from the time he could walk. He comes to the Roadrunner Theater with 7-years of actual performance and acting experience, which includes two live performances with the Live Theatre Workshop. He is a graduate alumni of Sahuaro High School, where he was actively involved with their drama and choir. He is currently a member of the BSA Explorers Post #6039, a group run by Rick Harker of Harker’s Old West Museum, and affiliated with Old Tucson and Old Trail Dust Town. The Explorers Post #6039 specializes in teaching performing arts and stunt work to younger generations. During his 4-years with the Explorers Laurance has had the opportunity to perform in front of the camera and live audiences. This is his first time performing with the Roadrunner Theatre Company
MICHAEL F. WOODSON - John Campbell
Michael is appearing in his 4th Roadrunner production. He was first seen in On Golden Pond as Charley the Maine Mailman. Last year, he was seen chasing men dressed as ladies in Leading Ladies and this year he was a doting husband in Becky’s New Car. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has appeared in the television series Young Riders and Legend. He was seen as Hap the Bartender in the CBS made-for-TV film Gunsmoke III, To The Last Man and as the Autograph Man in the TBS made-for-TV movie, Geronimo. Included in his commercial resume are the “Bulls-eye BBQ” and “Rawlings Radar Ball” commercials. He is also the Artistic Director of the Roadrunner Theatre Company.
CANDACE BEAN - Female Ensemble
Candace Bean is delighted to be making her debut with RTC. A native of Southeast Michigan, she earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Albion College. In Arizona, you may have also seen her onstage at Live Theatre Workshop, The Rogue Theatre, Beowulf Alley, The Santa Cruz Shoestring Players, Red Barn Theatre, and Old Pueblo Playwrights. Some favorite past productions include THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION (Melissa)(2015 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award Winner for Best Comedy), JERUSALEM (Linda Fawcett), BOEING BOEING (Gloria), CRIMES OF THE HEART (Babe), DESDEMONA: A PLAY ABOUT A HANDKERCHIEF (Desdemona), ALMOST MAINE (Rhonda, Marvalynn, Waitress), FURTHER ADVENTURES OF HEDDA GABLER (The Woman in Pink, Cassandra, Eilert, etc.), THE UNDERPANTS (Louise), RABBIT HOLE (Izzy), FOOD FOR FISH (Dexter), THE TEMPEST (Miranda), RED HERRING (Mrs. Kravitz), and MAJOR BARBARA (Barbara Undershaft).
DAMIAN GARCIA - Male Ensemble
Damian was last seen on the Roadrunner stage as Officer Tom O’Grady in Nana’s Naughty Knickers! A Tucson native, he developed a love for the performing arts in high school and went on to graduate with an Associate of Arts degree from Pima Community College. While attending classes he was involved in several productions such as The Diary of Anne Frank (Peter Van Daan), The Mandrake (Ligurio), and Fiddler on the Roof (Motel). Recently, Damian has been dipping his toes into the Tucson acting scene, having had the pleasure of working with The Great American Playhouse, Shakespeare in the Park and Standing O Entertainment (who recently presented and adaptation of Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol at Roadrunner Theater). He hopes to continue to pursue acting in town and elsewhere in the future. Enjoy the show and thank you!
THE PRODUCTION STAFF
STAGE MANAGER . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeri Cantrell
COSTUMES . . . . . . . . . . . . Linda Andresano
SET DESIGN/BUILD . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael F. Woodson, Renata Rauschen, Don Cadman, Linda Andresano, Karen McGraw
LIGHT DESIGN . . . . . . . . . . . . Diana Knoepfle
SOUND DESIGN . . . . . . . . . . . . Alex Hupp
LIGHT/SOUND OPERATOR . . . . . . . . . . . . Julia Hupp
PROPERTIES MANAGER . . . . . . . . . . . . Karen McGraw
ASSISTANT PROPERTIES MANAGER . . . . . . . . . . . . Rachel Okpisz
STAGE HANDS . . . . . . . . . . . . Larry Fuller, Rebecca Pferdeort, Mayela Morales, David Zinke