Spring Education @ TLT

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BOOTLEG - An Off the Shelf reading


Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 7:30pm

Tacoma Little Theatre's Off the Shelf program is excited to present Bryan Willis’ Bootleg, directed by Erin Chanfrau and featuring a powerhouse of Tacoma actors. This production will play Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 7:30pm.

A shrewd and authentic glimpse into the lives of everyday people trying to get by in pohibition. Bootleg is set in 1927, the first year in the U.S. when more people lived in an urban setting than a rural one. It was an era of change — not just the Volstead Act (of prohibition), but women had gotten the vote, and the Seattle mayor at the time was a woman. Fashions were changing, the way people could make a living. It was post-World War I, people were aware of the greater world. Cars traveled faster, which was a big deal if you were moonshining.

Bootleg features the talents of: Mark Peterson as Barlow, Kate Arvin as Boots, Luke Amundson as Shimmy Johnson, Jordan Richards as Verneil, and Brian S. Lewis as Smith.

Tickets for the June 13, 2019 performance at 7:30pm are $10.00 for non TLT Members, and FREE for those who are members. Tickets may be purchased online by clicking here, or by calling our Box Office at (253) 272-2281.


We know that there is a tremendous amount of wonderful theatre that deserves to be heard but sometimes just doesn’t get an opportunity. With “Off the Shelf”, local directors and actors will be bringing some scripts to life that we hope you will find entertaining, challenging and educational to our stage. We hope that you’ll sit back and enjoy an evening of theatre. You never know, you might see one of these shows on our mainstage in the future.


Adult Education @ TLT

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MAY 16-MAY 19, 2019

Presented at The Social Bar and Grill

Tickets: $55.00 Click here to purchase

Tacoma Little Theatre makes you a part of the mob with Mobbed Up for Murder at The Social Bar and Grill. Directed by Karen Christensen and written by Paula Hilton, this murder mystery dinner experience will have you feeling like you’re in a Francis Ford Coppola movie.

Don Provolone orchestrates a meeting at his favorite restaurant with Don Spumoni and Don Cannoli. They've been to the mattresses for awhile, and quite frankly, his back is killing him! He thinks it's time to let bygones be bygones and has come up with a deal they cannot refuse. Or can they? Don't miss out - you'll want to meet these three colorful Don's along with Toni "Two Times" Tortano, Marisa Macaroon, and Olivia Ascolane. Who will come heavy? Who's on the lam? Who's in the wind? And what does that all mean? Join us to find out, but be careful, the mob means business... and the mob means murder! Featuring the talents of: Virginia Yanoff, Dana Messina Galagan, Grace Nirschl, Jim Rogers, Kerry Bringman, and Nathaniel Walker.

Dinner includes: Appetizer, Salad, Main Entrée (Meat, Chicken, Vegetarian/Gluten Free) & Dessert. Coffee, Tea, Water and Soda are included, and alcohol is available for purchase at the bar or from your server.

MOBBED UP FOR MURDER will run May 16-May 19, 2019. Thursday-Saturday performances will begin at 7:30pm, and the Sunday performance will begin at 3:00pm. The event is held at The Social Bar and Grill, 1715 Dock Street, Tacoma, WA. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.

Tickets are $55.00 per person (includes dinner with gratuity and show) and may be purchased by clicking here, or by calling our Box Office at (253) 272-2281.



Auditions for HAY FEVER

Sunday, March 24th from 6:00pm-9:00pm
Monday, March 25th from 7:00pm-10:00pm
Auditions by appointment only



Tacoma Little Theatre is holding auditions for its production of the British classic, Hay Fever, written by Noel Coward, and directed by Rick Hornor.

Auditions will be held Sunday, March 24th and Monday, March 25th at Tacoma Little Theatre. Audition appointments will be set between the times of 6:00pm-9:00pm on Sunday and 7:00pm-10:00pm on Monday in five-minute increments. Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, March 27th.  

Hoping for a quiet weekend in the country with some guests, David Bliss, a novelist and his wife Judith, a retired actress, find that an impossible dream when their high-spirited children, Simon and Sorel, appear with guests of their own. A houseful of drama waits to be ignited as misunderstandings and tempers flare. With Judith's new flame and David's newest literary “inspiration” keeping company as the children follow suit, the Bliss family lives up to its name as the “quiet weekend” comes to an exhausting and hilarious finale worthy of Feydeau.

Actors are asked to prepare a two-minute memorized monologue of their choice. 

Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition and all roles are available:  Judith Bliss (female 40-55), David Bliss (male 40-60), Sorel Bliss (female 18-25), Simon Bliss (male, 18-30), Myra Arundel (female 25-45), Richard Greatham (male 30-40), Jackie Coryton (female 20-30), Sandy Tyrell (male 20-35), and Clara (female 40-60).

To reserve an audition time, follow this link (http://castingmanager.com/audition/info/aq1wyjFrMRPnHSX), or call our Box Office for assistance at (253) 272-2281.


Once cast, Hay Fever will run from Friday, June 7, 2019 to Sunday, June 23, 2019.


Role Title: Sorel Bliss
Gender: Female
Age Range: 21 - 32
Description: Sorel is Judith and David Bliss's daughter. Sorel and her brother come from money, but they are siblings as we know them: fighting one minute, and best buddies the next.

Role Title: Simon Bliss
Gender: Male
Age Range: 21 - 32
Description: Son of Judith and David; an aspiring artist who is in constant competition with Sorel for Judith’s attention.

Role Title: Clara
Gender: Female
Age Range: 30 - 70
Description: Clara is the Bliss family maid. She's a bit rough around the edges.

Role Title: Judith Bliss
Gender: Female
Age Range: 40 - 55
Description: Judith is a retired English actress. She misses her younger years, and is looking for someone to tell her she's still beautiful and desireable.

Role Title: David Bliss
Gender: Male
Age Range: 40 - 60
Description: Judith’s husband, Sorel and Simon's father; a successful novelist who hides away for long periods of time attempting to write his novel.

Role Title: Sandy Tyrell
Gender: Male
Age Range: 25 - 32
Description: Sandy is the young man Judith invites for the weekend. He's a stud, amateur boxer, and he's enamoured with Judith.

Role Title: Myrna Arundel
Gender: Female
Age Range: 25 - 45
Description: Myrna is Simon's weekend guest. She doesn't really want to spend time with Simon, but wants to meet David.

Role Title: Richard Greatham
Gender: Male
Age Range: 30 - 40
Description: Richard is a proper English diplomat, and Sorel's weekend guest. He's a bit stiff, but likeable.

Role Title: Jackie Coynton
Gender: Female
Age Range: 20 - 30
Description: David's weekend guest. She's kind of a good-hearted ditz.

Toy Boat Theatre and UWT

365 Days/365 Plays
November 16-19, 2017
Thursday-Saturday 7:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 2:00pm

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365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks: November 16, 2017, 7:30pm (free preview); November 17, 7:30pm; November 18, 2pm and 7:30pm; November 19, 2pm. UWT campus: Broadcast Studio 007 Cherry Parkes Bldg. 1918 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma. The theatre is located immediately behind
Indochine Restaurant; enter between restaurant and bar off of Pacific Avenue, or from the west entrance to Cherry Parkes, down the stairs, hard right.

This production is the fourth in a series of collaborations between Toy Boat Theatre and UW Tacoma, featuring socially relevant and inclusive plays about current issues in American society. This production contains adult themes and language; suitable for high school and older.

In 2002, Suzan-Lori Parks wrote a play a day for an entire year; in 2006, more than 15 American cities, including Seattle, Austin, Los Angeles and NYC, with over 700 theatre groups, collectively and simultaneously performed all 365 plays between November 13 through November 12, 2006. We will be performing a selection of 30 of her short plays, which explore American history, the military, politics, relationships, race, spirits, riffs on well known works, jaywalking, and an appearance by The Supremes. Suzan-Lori Parks has recently released a collection of plays written during the first 100 days of President Trump's time in office. We can't wait to bring you some of these; stay tuned!

Tickets are $10.00, and available online at brownpapertickets.com from 10/30/17, or at the door (cash or check only). UW Tacoma Students get in free with ID; brownpapertickets discount code/pw: UWT

As was our collaborative model for the previous productions, the acting company and production team of 365 Days/365 Plays is made up of UW Tacoma students and alumni and actors from the region. This company features 5 UWT undergraduate and graduate students, and 7 local actors, with a similarly combined production crew. The production designers are Nic Olson (New Muses Theatre), lighting and scenic design; Dylan Twiner, sound; Ricky German, costumes.

This and our previous collaborative productions are made possible with generous contributions of resources and funding from the University of Washington Tacoma, and resources from University of Puget Sound and Toy Boat Theatre.



Dear Friend of Tacoma Little Theatre:

We are so excited for our 99th Season at Tacoma Little Theatre. Thank you for coming and laughing with us during our first show of the season, Rumors. Because of your continuing support, we’ve started the 99th Season off strong! Last year even more of our community joined us to experience Tacoma’s finest theatre. We were especially proud to win our state theatre competition and represent Washington in the American Association of Community Theatre Regional festival in Boise, Idaho with our production of Second Samuel. This year we know you will enjoy the wide spectrum of shows that we have lined up for you.

“I am very pleased with the direction of TLT. I have been a long standing season ticket holder. The entire staff have taken TLT to a new level -- consistently good plays with excellent acting, great public relations and consequently better attendance. Please keep up the excellent work!” -A TLT Season Ticket Holder

As we move towards our 100th season and our 78th year in our facility, we’ve heard how you would like to see us improve TLT. “It is time to revamp the seats. They are so uncomfortable. Need a drive to donate a chair” In the past few years you’ve seen us add an air conditioning system, improved stage and house lighting, and sound reinforcement. We take your suggestions seriously so stay tuned as our Development Director works on exciting plans celebrating our 100th year with your ideas in mind. Also, check around the corner and you’ll see that TLT has acquired the building next door, fondly named Stage Right. This has allowed us to localize our scene shop and storage facility which was previously off-site. By purchasing Stage Right, we are now saving money, staff time, and will be able to expand our educational programming in the near future.

“You have no idea how much you changed our lives!! I never thought I would hear the singing again, the laughs or see my son be willing to trust again, but you did it! Now he is so full of life again, nothing can ever tell you all how thankful we are!” -A parent of TLT’s Education Program

The demand to expand our education programming within our community is at a record high. With your support we were able to increase it by 10% with more to come in 2018. This growth matches the need to increase the number of scholarships awarded to those who might not be able to experience the joy of the Performing Arts. Your support helps TLT create future performers who will grace the stages in Pierce County. These scholarships change lives.

“We love plays and TLT has the best in our area. The quality of shows has been consistently high in recent years. You're doing a terrific job. Thank you!” -A TLT patron

Ticket sales alone will not sustain the performing arts in our community. It is only through the continued support of our community members that the arts can thrive. Your support through last season's annual fund allowed TLT to whisk you away to a misty Transylvania in Dracula and the dusty plains of the Old West in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Because of YOU, we will continue to be able to take you to new places that you’ve never dreamed of, like Whoville in Seussical. We offer a range of donation options that are listed at the bottom of this letter. You can even pledge your donation amount over a monthly or quarterly payment schedule. If you are interested in establishing a legacy gift of support through planned (estate) giving or stock transfers, please contact me directly. Remember that any amount helps us, from $1 to $10,000. TLT is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization making your donation fully tax-deductible.

If you have already donated to us this season, thank you! If you are considering donating to us now, thank you! Please fill out the bottom portion of this letter or go to www.tacomalittletheatre.com to make a donation online. To donate over the phone, you may call me personally at 253-272-2281. Having the chance to speak with you is one of the best parts of my job.

All my best,
Chris Serface
Managing Artistic Director



Legally BlondE Jr

A Summer Camp @ TLT production

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Tacoma Little Theatre welcomes the community to join us at our special Gala and Silent Auction celebrating our 99th Season.  This special fund raising event will be filled with fine wine, fine hors d’oeuvres, and fine entertainment.   

The evening will begin with a social hour and then move into the auditorium where staff and board members will present a sneak peek of each of the seven shows in our 99th season which include: Rumors, Blithe Spirit, Seussical, Children of a Lesser God, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Pillowman, and Macbeth.  Throughout the course of the evening attendees will be bidding on silent auction items and enjoying musical entertainment from local performers.

Tacoma Little Theatre’s 99th Season Opening Gala and Silent Auction will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 6:00pm-9:00pm. 

Tickets are $35.00 per person (includes hors d’oeuvresand one drink) and may be purchased online by clicking here, or by calling our Box Office at (253) 272-2281.   


Directed by Erin Chanfrau

September 15th - October 1st, 2017
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Pay What You Can: Thursday, September 28th at 7:30pm

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Neil Simon’s comic genius shines

Rumors is an uproariously hilarious comedy about lies, deceit and rumors. At a large, tastefully appointed Sneden's Landing townhouse, the deputy mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get "the story" straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

Jess Allan as Chris Gorman
Mark Peterson as Ken Gorman
Jill Nicole Heinecke as Claire Ganz
Matt Garry as Lenny Ganz
Shelleigh-Mairi Ferguson as Cookie Cusack
Jeffery Swiney-Weaver as Ernie Cusack
Kristen Blegen Bouyer as Cassie Cooper
Houston White as Glenn Cooper
Neicie Packer as Officer Welch
Andy Bravo as Officer Pudney


Blithe Spirit

Directed by Chris Serface

October 20th - November 5th, 2017
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Pay What You Can: Thursday, November 2nd at 7:30pm

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Halloween is the perfect time for a comic haunting by your two dead wives!

Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit is a spook-tacular comic classic. After a “spirited” séance goes decidedly wrong, the cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine suddenly finds himself face to face with the ghost of his deceased wife, Elvira…much to the chagrin of his current spouse, Ruth. Love and marriage devolve into laughter and mayhem when Ruth is accidentally killed and united with Elvira on the “other side.” Together the paranormal pair of blithe spirits haunt their hapless husband with hilarious consequences. 


Jed Slaughter as Charles
Deya Ozburn as Ruth
Brittany D Henderson as Elvira
Dana Messina Galagan as Madame Arcati
John P. Saunders as Dr. Bradman
Darla Smedley as Violet
SarahLynn Mangan as Edith



Directed by Jennifer York
Musical Direction by Terry O'Hara
Choreography by Eric Clausell

December 1st - December 24th, 2017*
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Special added performances:
Wednesday, December 20th at 7:30pm
Thursday, December 21st at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 23rd at 2:00pm

Pay What You Can: Thursday, December 14th at 7:30pm

Group Rates for 10 or more.  Contact the Box Office!

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Celebrate the holidays with your family in the world of Dr. Seuss!  

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant. 

The Cat in the Hat-Christopher Sweet
Jojo-Alexandria Bray
Horton-Steve Barnett
Gertrude-Brittany Griffins
Mayzie-Samantha Lobberegt
Sour Kangaroo-Courtney Eggert
Young Kangaroo-Caleb Corpeno (Dec 1, 3, 9, 14, 16, 20, 22, 23 7:30)
Young Kangaroo-Evie Merrill (Dec 2, 8, 10, 15, 17, 21, 23 2pm, 24)
Wickersham Brother-Charlie Stevens
Wickersham Brother-Liam Loughridge
Wickersham Brother-James Wrede
Bird Girl-Caiti Burke
Bird Girl-Emma Konop
Bird Girl-Jayda Slack
Bird Girl-Maddie Fry
Mr. Mayor-Micheal O'Hara
Mrs. Mayor-Sharry O'Hare
General Schmitz-Andrew Fry
Ensemble: Kathy Kluska, Gunnar Ray, Thalia Wood, Megan Ross, Olivia Zamira, Caje Johnson


Children of a Lesser God

Directed by Rick Hornor

January 19th - February 4th, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

ALL PERFORMANCES WILL BE OPEN CAPTIONED, for best seats, please contact the box office.

Pay What You Can: Thursday, February 1st at 7:30pm

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Winner of the Tony Award, the Outer Critics Circle, and the Drama Desk Award as best play
After three years in the Peace Corps, James, a young speech therapist, joins the faculty of a school for the deaf, where he is to teach lip-reading. He meets Sarah, a school dropout, totally deaf from birth, and estranged both from the world of hearing and from those who would compromise to enter that world. Fluent in sign language, James tries, with little success, to help Sarah, but gradually the two fall in love and marry. At first their relationship is a happy and glowing one, as the gulf of silence between them seems to be bridged by their desire to understand each other's needs and feelings, but discord soon develops as Sarah becomes militant for the rights of the deaf and rejects any hint that she is being patronized and pitied. 

Jeremy Lynch as James
Michelle Mary Schaefer as Sarah
Madonna Hanna as Edna
Kristen Moriarty as Mrs. Norman
Kai Winchester as Orin
Kerry Bringman as Franklin
Melanie Gladstone as Lydia



Directed and Choreographed by Lexi Barnett
Musical Direction by Leischen Moore

March 9th - April 1st, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Pay What You Can: Thursday, March 22nd at 7:30pm

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece fills the stage with music and dance.

It seems especially fitting that the first rock opera, created as a concept album at the end of the turbulent '60s, should have at its center a social and political rebel. Jesus' meteor-like rise in renown provides, as the title suggests, a parallel to contemporary celebrity worship. As his radical teachings are evermore embraced, Judas increasingly questions the enlightened motives of this new prophet, resulting in betrayal. Christ's final days are dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge and explosive theatricality. Propelled by a stirring score, by turns driving and majestic, satirical and tender, Jesus Christ Superstar illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart.

Bruce Haasl as Jesus
Loucas T. Curry as Judas
Allie Milburn as Mary
Rico Lastrapes as Simon
Christopher Sweet as Peter
DuWayne Andrews Jr. as Pilate
Aleks Merilo as Caiaphas
Karen Christensen as Annas
Andrew Fry as Herod
George McClure as Priest
James Klarich as Priest
Caiti Burke as Apostle/Soul Girl
Melanie Gladstone as Apostle/Soul Girl
Jill Heinecke as Aspotle/Soul Girl
Jaden Downing as Apostle
Carl Frank as Apostle
Sydney Lenoch as Apostle
Shauntal Pyper as Apostle
Mary Thornton as Apostle
Barrett Vandiver as Apostle
Madison Watkins as Apostle
Randon Welch as Apostle
Julia Wyman as Apostle


The Pillowman

Directed by Blake R. York

April 20th - May 6th, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Pay What You Can: Thursday, May 3rd at 7:30pm

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Gripping drama and intrigue that will have you thinking about things differently.

Martin McDonagh echoes the works of Stoppard, Kafka, and the Brothers Grimm in this New York Drama Critics' Circle and Olivier Award winning script. The Pillowman is a viciously funny and seriously disturbing tale of Katurian, a fiction writer in an unnamed totalitarian state. Katurian and his brother Michael are brought in for questioning by two bulldog detectives, Tupolski and Ariel, when the content of his short stories  — which involve disturbingly gruesome tales — begin to resemble real-life murders. The Pillowman weaves between reality and storytelling; and the result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art. 

Jacob Tice as Katurian
Andrew Fry as Tupolski
Christian Carvajal as Ariel
Sean Neely as Michal
Ellen Peters as Mother
Tim Takechi as Father
Alexandria Bray as Child
Nathaniel Walker as Man

Please be advised that this show contains:
Severe and Harsh Language, Mature Content, Simulated Violence, Blood on Stage, and Live Gunfire



Directed by pug Bujeaud

June 1st - June 17th, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Pay What You Can: Thursday, June 14th at 7:30pm

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Start your summer with Shakespeare and one of his best!

Macbeth is a brave and loyal Thane to King Duncan. After hearing a prophecy that he will become king himself, Macbeth is overcome by ambition and greed. Bolstered by the prophecy and his wife’s encouragement, he kills King Duncan and takes the throne. Afterwards, Macbeth’s guilt, fear, and paranoia lead him to commit even more murders to secure his power. His confidence in the prophecies eventually leads to his downfall and he is overthrown and killed by those he has wronged. 

Jess Allan as Gentlewoman
Nicholas Anderson as Seyton
Rodman Bolek as Macduff
Ethan Bujeaud as Witch/Siward
Jonathan Hart as Porter/2nd Murderer
Adrianna Littlejohn as Lady Macduff
Corbin McLaughlin as 1st Murderer/Whey Faced Lion
Kathryn Grace Philbrook as Lady Macbeth
Maddox Pratt as Ross
Kaylie Hussey as Witch (Mother)
Laurice Roberts as Hecate/Doctor
Ben Stahl as Lennox
Jacob Tice as Malcolm
Dylan Twiner as Macbeth
Jackie VC as Witch
Jessica Weaver as Banquo
Dennis Worrell as Duncan
Sean Raybell as Angus
Simon Bonsteel as Fleance
Caleb Corpeno as Son of Macduff
Kyle Yoder as Donalbain


Auditions for BLITHE SPIRIT

Sunday, August 13th from 6:00pm-9:00pm
Monday, August 14th from 7:00pm-10:00pm
Auditions by appointment only

Tacoma Little Theatre is holding auditions for its production of Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward, and directed by Chris Serface.

Auditions will be held Sunday, August 13th and Monday, August 14th at Tacoma Little Theatre. Audition appointments will be set between the times of 6:00pm-9:00pm on Sunday and 7:00pm-10:00pm on Monday. Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, August 16th.   

Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit is a spook-tacular comic classic. After a “spirited” séance goes decidedly wrong, the cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine suddenly finds himself face to face with the ghost of his deceased wife, Elvira…much to the chagrin of his current spouse, Ruth. Love and marriage devolve into laughter and mayhem when Ruth is accidentally killed and united with Elvira on the “other side.” Together the paranormal pair of blithe spirits haunt their hapless husband with hilarious consequences.

Please prepare a comedic monologue in the style of the piece with a British accent.  Roles are available for 2 men/5 women and all ethnicities are welcome to audition.  Roles available are Charles Condomine, Ruth Condomine, Elvira Condomine, Madame Arcati, Edith, Dr. Bradman, and Mrs. Bradman.

To reserve an audition time, email tlt@tacomalittletheatre.com, or call our Box Office at (253) 272-2281. Please provide: your name, phone number, email address, preferred audition time, and playable age.

Once cast, Blithe Spirit will run from Friday, October 20, 2017 to Sunday, November 5, 2017. 


Roles are available for 5 women/2 men

A novelist in his forties, Charles is bright, sophisticated, articulate, and debonair but somewhat at the mercy of his wives, past and present. His interest in spiritualism as a subject for a novel leads Charles to ask Madame Arcati to dinner and a séance. He is skeptical but becomes a believer when the ghost of his first wife appears—and stays. From then on, poor Charles is a shuttlecock between the women battling for his affections: Ruth, his living wife, and Elvira, his dead one. Charles prefers Elvira.

Charles’s second wife, Ruth is in her late 30's, early 40's. Like her husband, Ruth is witty and sophisticated, and she is quite the society matron. Ruth is a bit stuffy and a little predictable. She is convinced that Charles has lost his mind when Elvira appears, because at first she can neither see nor hear Elvira. Throughout much of the play, Ruth acts as a concerned wife, trying to restore Charles to normalcy.

Elvira, the ghost of Charles’s first wife is between 25 and 30 years of age. Elvira is gray from head to toe, and only Charles can see or hear her. In life, Elvira was spirited, outgoing, wild, and carefree. In death, she is no different; she has cocktails with Genghis Khan. She does love Charles, if somewhat casually, and is jealous of Ruth. Her attempts to monopolize the attention and conversation of Charles after she reappears form the central tension of the play.

Madame Arcati, the local spiritualist and medium. Elderly but spry, Madame Arcati bicycles into the play wearing slightly outlandish clothes and talking to an eight-year-old contact on the other side. As everyone soon finds out, Madame Arcati is no fraud. She truly is in contact with the other world and inadvertently is the “medium” through which Elvira is called back to this one. The problem is that Madame Arcati cannot figure out how to return Elvira to the other side.

Edith, the maid. Edith plays a tiny part in the bulk of the play but turns out to be a central character. Edith, not Charles, has the extrasensory powers that called Elvira back from the dead, and only Edith can make Elvira return.

A pleasant-looking middle-aged man, Dr. Bradman is a friend of the Condomines.

The wife of Dr. Bradman, Mrs. Bradman is middle-aged and a bit faded.