Charles Condomine is writing a novel about a murderous medium and needs some information on how a medium can "contact" someone from the "other side". So his wife Ruth and friends Dr. and Mrs. Bradman meet for dinner at the Condomines while also inviting the local "Medium" Madame Arcati. After dinner Madame Arcati does her best to contact someone from the "other side", but to no avail, until later, when who should appear but Charles' late wife, Elvira, whom nobody can see but Charles himself! Trying to send her back to the "other side" proves NOT to be the easiest thing to do.
"A world-class comedy" - TheaterMania.com, 2009
Nicolette Shaffer - Edith is thrilled to be in another Roadrunner Theater production! Her last performance was as Mary in How The Other Half Loves. Nicolette has been involved in the Tucson theater scene for nearly 10 years, starting with Carousel (Louise, Redondo Music Theater, 2008). She was most recently seen in Disney’s, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Gypsy, Gargoyle) with Arts Express. She is one of the Managing Artistic Directors at Musical Mayhem Cabaret and has been an ensemble member since 2013.
Diana Ouradnik - Ruth is excited to be making her RTC debut. She received her MFA in Technical Theatre from UMKC in 2003 and has since worked as a professional freelance stage manager, primarily with Arizona Opera. Her heart has always been in acting, however, and she is grateful whenever she gets the chance to be on stage. In addition to working with multiple Tucson companies, she has been deeply involved with the Santa Cruz Shoestring Players in Green Valley for the past seven years, appearing most recently as Gretchen (the German one) in their production of Boeing, Boeing and co-directing their last show of the season, Exit Laughing. Favorite roles include Gwendolyn (The Importance of Being Ernest), Catherine (Proof), Lenny (Crimes of the Heart), Mary Smith (Run for Your Wife), Laura (Glass Menagerie), Sybil (Private Lives), Penelope (See How They Run) and Maggie (The Man Who Came to Dinner). She is a proud native of Green Bay, Wisconsin - Go Packers! - and works at the University of Arizona.
Ryan Smith - Charles is extremely proud to be a part of the cast for Blithe Spirit at RTC. Ryan has been an active performer for the last five years as part of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), a worldwide medieval reenactment group. During his time with the SCA, Ryan has won multiple competitions and awards for his dramatic storytelling and short plays. Recently, Ryan returned to community theatre playing the role of Oberon in the Tucson’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Midsummer Night’s Dream and as Uncle Brierly/Sir Guy of Gisborne in RTC’s production of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Outside of performance, Ryan is a graduate of the University of Arizona and currently works as a substitute teacher for the Vail School District. Ryan would like to thank his family, his brother, his friends and especially his finance,Taylor for their support in his theatrical pursuits.
Abigail Dunscomb - Mrs. Bradman is excited to be making her debut with RTC. A Tucson native, Abigail has had the great pleasure of working on shows with such companies as Winding Road Theatre Ensemble, Musical Mayhem Cabaret, The Community Players, Pima Community College and especially enjoys working with El Rio Theatre Project’s annual Shakespeare in the Park. Most recently, she had the absolute pleasure of being involved with the Old Pueblo Playwright’s New Play Festival this Spring and Shakespeare in the Park’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream last Fall. Pursuing an education in Theatre Arts, Abigail also studies Vocal Music under Betty Allen, and hopes to pursue a further education in both music and classical theatre.
Tom Cracovaner - Dr. Bradman performs in his second RTC show since having appeared in last year’s Nana’s Naughty Knickers. He recently earned eligibility in the Screen Actors Guild for a national television commercial appearance. He stars in the cable TV show The Scorcher Report and the comedic YouTube channel Fun Characters. Other recent performances include Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical and many short and feature films. Tom is a musician who performs with Triple Double Band and The Craig Green Band. He is also a nationally awarded poet and published fiction author who is revising his first novel for publication.
Linda Andresano - Madame Arcati is delighted to be part of another production at my favorite theatre: Roadrunner Theatre Company! Who’da thunk a visit to my dentist next door two years ago would open THIS door to theater again after a much too long break! I’m grateful and happy to be a part of this delightful, fun (and funny!), talented cast and crew. To my 93 year old mum for her enthusiasm - thanks for being such a great mum! And as always, thanks to you, our audience!
Michele Holland - Elvira is honored to be back on stage with RTC for the fourth time this season. She most recently starred as Vivianna Allison in Perfect Timing and earlier this year as Gert in Lost In Yonkers with Arizona Rose Theatre. She was also previously seen at RTC as Calliope in ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and as Florence in The Curious Savage. Some of her past Tucson stage credits include Live Theatre Workshop’s productions of Moon Over Buffalo, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, Mr. Marmalade and Design for Murder; Arizona Rose Theatre’s Tombstone: The Musical and Borderlands Theatre’s Coyote y Culebra. She also starred in The Vagina Monologues at the Clocktower Cabaret in Denver, CO. Michele has appeared in over a dozen films, two television pilots for HGTV and two web series. Michele would like to extend special thanks to Roadrunner Theatre Company for their provision of a safe and harmonious theatre, her incredible cast mates and crew for sharing their talent, and Robert, our director, for this opportunity! Thank you for supporting local theatre!