Jessie Jo Pauley as Edith.
Jessie Jo is a former Toro who has made a name for herself all over the valley and has worked with Hale Centre Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Mesa Encore Theatre, and even appeared last year in the Friday performance as "Shelby" in Steel Magnolias. She is grateful to be back supporting such a worthy cause.
Lana Shumway as Ruth Condomine
Lana apologizes but MUST use stereotypical bio words such as 'thrilled' and 'excited' to inadequately describe her feelings on being asked to return for Blithe Spirit. You may remember seeing her in last year's Steel Magnolias in the scene stealing "Annelle." Other roles that have been favorites are: Annie in Annie Get Your Gun, Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress, the Witch in Into the Woods, Maria in The Sound of Music (ariZoni award), Franc the Fairy in 12 Princesses (Amazon award) and Amalia in She Loves Me. Special thanks and worshipping-for-life go to Jere Van Patten for making this dream come true. And extra air-kisses to her husband, Porter and four children, Tatum, Dane, Crew and Afton for helping run lines and cleaning up most of the messes they make while she's at rehearsals.
Rob Stuart as Charles Condomine
Rob is honored to work with such an incredible group of people, in support of this worthy cause. He is a product of the Mesa Public Schools system himself as a graduate from Dobson High School. Rob is a three time ariZoni Award winning actor, and current President of the ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence. Some of his favorite roles: Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, and Orin Scrivello, D.D.S. in Little Shop of Horrors. He is also a voice-over actor, guitarist, and songwriter. A product of the Mesa public school district himself, Rob is thrilled to donate his time so that students will continue to have the opportunity to study the arts in public school. Thanks to Jere for the opportunity, to this talented cast, and to my family for their love and support.
Dave Ray as Dr. Bradman
Dave is a former Toro and is thrilled to be returning to his alma matter to support such a worthy cause.
Stephanie Likes as Mrs. Bradman
Stephanie spent many years working with Six Flags and Disney and made her Broadway debut in Les Miserables getting to play two roles during her time with the production Eponine and Cosette. She has been seen in many theatres across the country as well. Stephanie is currently the theatre teacher at Chandler High School.
Tregoney Shepherd as Madame Arcati
Tregoney is from Mesa, attended Westwood High School, and graduated with her doctorate from Arizona State University whose credits include: BROADWAY: (Madame Thenardier) Les Miserables, (Confidante/Wardrobe Mistress) Phantom of the Opera. NATIONAL TOURS: (Midwife/us Madame Morrible) WICKED, (Mrs.Brill) Mary Poppins, (Madame Thenardier) Les Miserables, (Confidante/Wardrobe Mistress) Phantom of the Opera. OFF BROADWAY: (Doris Wallis) Silly Cow, (Cabaret Singer) Berlin the Musical. REGIONAL: (Vi Moore) Footloose, (Witch) Into the Woods, (Eulalie Mackeknie Shinn) The Music Man, (Mrs. Lovett) Sweeney Todd, (Mrs. Medlock) The Secret Garden, (Ado Annie) Oklahoma, (Mrs. Peachum) The Threepenny Opera, (Wicked Queen) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, (Angela) Honky Tonk Angels, (Ayah) Secret Garden, (Sally Phelps/Ms. Watson) Big River, (Wanda/Diva/Badger) Six Women with Brain Death, (High Priestess) Aida, (Mother) Hansel and Gretel, (Countess) Marriage of Figaro, (Zita) Gianni Schicci. Se was seen as Clairee Beltcher in last year's Steel Magnolias fundraiser here at Mountain View.
Tamra Mathias as Elvira
Tamra is thrilled to be returning to an Arizona stage after more than a decade away! Most recently she has been a member of the Acting Company at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where she worked on Shakespeare's Richard II, Henry IV Part One and Two, and Timon of Athens, along with the world premiere of ROE by Lisa Loomer. She has also taught numerous workshops and prologues at OSF along with the OSF Shakespeare Masterclass for high school students in which she adapted The Comedy of Errors into a touring children's show. Other roles include Elizabeth Proctor inThe Crucible, Arkadina in Seagull, Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, Marguerite in Red Noses, Mrs. Luce/Chorus in Little Shop of Horrors (Southern Oregon University); Ophelia in Hamlet (Southwest Shakespeare Company); Ophelia in Hamlet on Trial with Billy Connolly (UK/AZ Festival); Cassie in Hazardous Materials, Derby in Edward III, Portia in Julius Caesar Play On! (Ashland New Plays Festival); Lindsey in You Mean to Do Me Harm (CAATA ConFest); Man with the Pointed Toes, The Curious Savage, The Hasty Heart, A Christmas Carol (Hale Centre Theatre); The Winter’s Tale (Southwest Shakespeare Conservatory); Kiss Me, Kate (Gilbert Fine Arts). Tamra graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Acting from Southern Oregon University; is a Veteran of the United States Army and a mother to four children. Tamra graduated from Mountain View High School where she lettered in Theatre and was awarded Best Supporting Actress and Best Thespian award.